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Branwen could also be pronounced with a long a, like "BRAWN-wen".
-- gaelruadh19  3/23/2005
It isn't said BRAWN-wen, as a fair few Welsh names are pronounced just as they look. So, it's simply BRAN-wen. :)
-- Anonymous User  5/11/2005
According to T.A. Barron who wrote the "Lost Years of Merlin", Branwen is the name of Merlin's mother.
-- hafasatu  10/19/2005
According to Welsh mythology, Branwen (daughter of Llyr) is one of the three greatest queens in the land and the most beautiful girl in the entire world.
-- puresimplicity  1/2/2006
I don't much like the pronunciation of this name (but, then again, I'm American and this is a Welsh name -- it's the "a" that sounds a bit harsh to me). I *love* the name Bronwyn (pronounced BRAHN-wen) by comparison. The softer "ah" is more delicate & feminine.
-- Anonymous User  2/18/2006
Actually, the name 'Bronwyn' would technically be masculine, as the 'wyn' ending comes from the masculine 'gwyn'...'gwen' is the feminine form. But, I suppose either name could be used for boys too. Suppose they'd be teased, but it could be done.
-- moth1701  3/28/2006
"Bronwyn" for a boy? You'd have to be one cruel person to call your son "white breast".
-- H Gravy  7/8/2006
Actually, "white breast" is only if you take the meaning *literally*. Alternatively, Bronwyn could mean "pure heart".

Although, I still much prefer Bronwen to Branwen, considering that the latter reminds me of Raisin Bran.
-- erb816  11/26/2009
I think this is a great name. My mom wanted to name me or one of my sisters this, she chose Caitlin, Hannah, and Emma (me). I prefer Branwen to Bronwen.
-- harry_sent_me  9/8/2007
In the Fantasy book A Swiftly Tilting Planet (third in the Wrinkle in Time series) by Madeleine L'Engle, Meg's mother in-law's first name is Branwen. Her middle is Zillah, and she goes by Beezie (BZ).
-- harry_sent_me  9/8/2007
I think this name is extremely beautiful, in pronunciation and meaning.
-- emmyeternity  3/3/2008
In Madeline L'Engel's "A Wind in the Door" the main character's Mother in Law is named Branwen, after the Irish Princess.
-- Anonymous User  4/30/2008
I may be wrong, but isn't the name Branowen (a variant name) a name in J. R. R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings?
-- mytimenow  10/3/2008
'Alternatively could mean "a girl with black hair and white skin." In Mabinogi, Branwen is Bran's sister; they are male and female aspects of the Celtic war deity.'
Source: http://www.amethyst-night.com/names/welshfem.html
-- Anonymous User  3/7/2011
Gorgeous name, and a much more mature alternative to Raven! I have a weakness for Welsh and Cornish names, and this one is no exception.
-- the_awesome_elf  11/9/2011
I used this name for a character in RPG a few years ago and I love it very much! It's a name strong and sweet at the same time and when I hear it I think always to my sorcerer!
-- Eretria  1/14/2013

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