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This is the Welsh version of the name 'Adam'. Adaf became a common name in Wales during the 13th century.
The name Aeron was derived from Celtic Agrona, the mythical Welsh goddess of war and death who was known for her masculinity. In light of this, Aeron became a unisex name and its meaning translates to "carnage" and "slaughter" in modern-day English.
Another unisex name, Afon is Welsh for "river".
Alun is the Welsh equivalent of the Celtic name 'Alan'. The meaning and history of this name are somewhat unclear. Alun is mentioned in Welsh mythical literature (the Mabinogion).
This unisex name translates to "free of shame" in Welsh.
Derived from the Greek name ‘Andreas’, Andras means "warrior".
Arawn, which means "unrestrained wilderness", is named after the mythological king of the underworld, Lord Annwn.
This name translates to "wept over" in Welsh.
Arwel is Welsh for "prominent".
This is the Welsh variation of the very common English name, 'Austin'. Awstin means "venerable", a word used to describe a highly respected and wise person.
Bel and/or Beli are Welsh names for boys that mean "shining".
Berwyn has two potential definitions: "Fair-headed" (which comes from its Celtic origins) or "bright friend" (the name's meaning in Old English)
Braith means "diversely colored", and it can be used as a name for both boys and girls.
This Welsh name is derived from its Celtic counterpart, 'Brennus'. Brenin means "king".
The unisex name, which is spelled in three different ways (Brin, Bryn, and Brynn), means "hill".
This name was originally used as a last name, but eventually became a common first name in Wales.
With "cad" meaning "battle" and "fael" or "mail" each translating to "prince", this name's interpretation is "battle prince". Despite having three different spellings, the name was infrequently used, which makes it ideal for parents who are looking for unique Welsh names for boys.
"Cad" and "gwaladr" mean "battle" and "leader", respectively. This name can be spelled with one or two 'l's.
This Welsh name translates to "lord".
Crwthor is the contemporary Welsh spelling of this name, which is defined as "crwth-player" in English. To clarify, a crwth is a historical music instrument that was popular in Wales.
Cynydd is the modern day Welsh word for "hunstman".
Derived from the Latin term "Constantine", Cystenian means "steadfast" in Welsh.
David, a very commonplace name in English-speaking countries, has Hebrew origins. The Welsh versions of this name are 'Deykin' and 'Dewydd', but many Welsh families also name their kids 'David'.
In the same vein, Deiniol is the Welsh form of a very prevalent English name, Daniel. Just as with David, Daniel is originally Hebrew.
"Del" and "wyn" mean "pretty" and "fair" in Welsh. Although these may seem like feminine features, Delwyn is one of the gender-neutral Welsh names that are suitable for boys and girls alike.
In Welsh, this name means "great flood".
The meaning of this name is "great warrior".
The word "enion", which means "anvil", is used to describe "stability" and "fortitude". However, Einion and Eynon are the modern day versions of the Old Welsh name 'Enniaun', and its history is traced back to the Latin name ‘Annianus’.
Derived from the Latin name 'Ambrosius', Emrys is Welsh for "immortal".
Emyr translates to "king".
This name is originally Greek (Eugenios), and it means someone who was "well born".
In Welsh, the names Floyd and Lloyd are defined as someone with gray hair.
This globally-prevalent name, which means "old", can be tied back to Arthurian legends.
Glaw, a unisex name, is another word for "rain".
The roots of Gofannon/Govannon are derived from the Irish name 'Goibniu' (which means "smith"). Gofannon and Govannon are two versions of the name of the mythological son of Don, a smith god.
In original Welsh, this name is spelled 'Gruffydd' and translates to "lord" or "prince".
Other variations of this name include 'Wyn' and 'Win'. The meaning of Gwyn/Gwynn is "light" or "fair".
In Welsh, Hendbbeddestyr is defined as "old pedestrian".
Hova/Hwfa means "the owl", and the name is used to describe wisdom. The last name 'Hovy' is derived from Hova/Hwfa.
The traditional spelling of this name is 'Iorwerth', which is the Welsh phrase for "handsome lord". The name can also be a Welsh variation of ‘Edward’.
Idris means "ardent master" in Welsh.
This name comes from the Welsh phrase for "master rampart/wall".
This is the name 'John' in its Welsh form. Ieuan means "gift of God".
Another Welsh format of 'John' or 'Johannes'.
The name Iorwerth's meaning is "handsome lord".
Also spelled 'Llywelyn' and 'Llewellyn', this name is believed to have come from “llyw”, the Welsh word for “leader”.
Other versions of this name include 'Madog' and 'Madok'. Either way, this word (regardless of how you spell it) means "little fortunate/good one".
'Mal' or 'Melinydd' are the Welsh equivalents of the English name 'Miller'.
'March' translates to "horse" in Welsh. According to Arthurian legends, March was the king of Cornwall.
Meical is an ideal name for parents who are looking for biblical names for boys. To clarify, 'Meical' is the Welsh equivalent of ‘Miyka'el’ (in Hebrew) or ‘Michael’ (in English).
This gender-neutral name goes all the way back to the Celtic name 'Morcant', which means "sea circle".
Owen translates to "born of yew". The original Irish version of the name was given to prominent tribes in ancient Ireland as a reference to the strength and longevity of the yew tree.
The Anglicized format of this name is "son of Harry". In Wales, 'Parry' was used as a last name before it started being used as a first name.
The Welsh version of the very famous name 'Philip'.
The name 'Rhys' translates to "enthusiasm" in Welsh.
Rheinallt comes from the German name 'Reinhold', and the name means "wise ruler".
In the Celtic language, “rhod” is the word for “wheel” and “dri” means “king”. In other words, the name 'Rhodri', which is used in Wales, translates to "wheel king".
This Welsh name literally means "English speaker". Other versions of 'Sais' include 'Seys' and 'Seis', but the latter two were mostly used during the 13th century.
Defined as "man", Siarl is the Welsh version of the popular name 'Charles'.
In Welsh, Tomos is a name and the word for "twin".
Older Welsh dialects spelled this name as 'Tudyr', and it means "first of the people; king of nations".
This is the equivalent of the English name 'Tom'.
Wilim/Gwilim are the Welsh format of 'William'.
Other versions of this name include 'Yago', 'Iago', and 'Iagov'. All of which are different variations of 'Jacob'.
In Wales, Ysginydd is a form of the name 'Tailor'. Several centuries ago, many Welsh families used to name their boys 'Skynith', 'Skinnith', and 'Skinith', but 'Ysginydd' is the most common form today.