Bronwyn
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This, technically, would be male as the female should end in 'wen', not 'wyn'.
-- _eleri  5/11/2005
As has been pointed out, the form 'Bronwyn' (which does not exist in Wales, to the best of my knowledge) is grammatically *masculine*. It seems to be used most commonly in the USA, where probably few people understand Welsh gender forms. The main entry reflects actual usage, even though incorrect, and in any case, traditionally masculine English forenames are frequently bestowed upon females in the USA.
-- AgTigress  9/2/2005
I chose this name for my beautiful daughter "Bronwyn". At the time I didn't know the origin of the name, and did I neither care. Spelt with a " Y" I find it to be more fancy and not as plain as wen. I find this name to be elegant and lady-like with a hint of boldness. A real women's name if you like, but this is why I named her this not because it's Welsh or how they like to pronounce and spell it.
-- Anonymous User  11/2/2005
Bronwyn is not by itself Welsh; it is the Irish spelling of the Welsh name Bronwen. -wen is feminine in Welsh and masculine in Irish; -wyn is feminine in Irish and masculine in Welsh.
-- electrainstead  7/3/2006
Bronwyn Brigid Price is the daughter of actress Maureen O'Hara and writer/director Will Price. She was named for Anna Lee's character, Bronwyn, from the movie "How Green Was My Valley", in which her mother also starred.
-- MariaNikolaievnaRoma  12/25/2006
Now that I'm older, I really love my name. When I was younger I wished I had been named something "common" (as I put it). This is simply because people seem to have real problems with pronouncing and spelling it resulting in a lot of "bronwin" and even "bromlin". To my mom's horror, the little girl down the street started calling me Robin to get around pronoucing my name. Now I get lots of comments about how pretty it is and I love having a unique name. I'm an artistic type and it's a lovely name to attach to a piece of artwork. I know it's not the proper Welsh spelling but I like the "y", other than that change it's great having a different name that is actually a name not something made up.
-- Bronwyn79  6/13/2007
Senator Bronwyn Bishop (b. 1942) is a very prominent and feisty politician in Australia.
-- Jonquil  9/4/2008
Also called Bronwen or Branwyn, she is the Welsh goddess of Love and Beauty. Her name has been translated as 'white-breasted', 'fair-breasted', or 'white raven', and ravens and starlings are her animals. The Alder tree belongs to her. She was regarded as a moon goddess, as well as the Daughter of the Sea. Since her attributes are similar to those of the Roman goddess, Venus, she was known as the Venus of the North Sea. She is known as "the giver of bracelets." Worshipped throughout Celtic lands, including Manx, Branwen is the keeper of the magickal Cauldron of Plenty, and she governs regeneration, growth, and healing. She is honored during each waxing moon as the Maiden, and the full moon in June is Branwen's moon. She is one of the the five goddesses of Avalon -- called by some the Lady of the Lake herself -- and along with Rhiannon and Cerridwen, is one of the three mother goddesses of Britain. Like many Celtic goddesses, she was once a real person, a princess of the house of Llyr who was wed to the High King of Ireland. An insult at her wedding feast brought war between Ireland and Wales. Her brother, Bran the Blessed, was killed during the war to rescue her from oppression at the Irish court, and when she later returned to Wales, she died of a broken heart.
-- ipbdrinkstampico  10/31/2008
Absolutely beautiful, but the meaning could be quite embarrassing.

"so... what does your name mean?"
"white breast"
-- Chrila96  10/7/2010
I really love this name!, I don't think that I would use it as it's not a favourite. But I think it's definitely a beautiful name. It reminds me of a naturist or someone who enjoys exploring forests. I also prefer this spelling to 'Bronwen' because I think that it looks more feminine, but I like the other spelling too. Xox.
-- Grace_Scarlette  5/22/2012
Originally from Australia, I was named Bronwyn. I only became aware that Bronwyn was being used as a male name upon traveling after college. I was both amazed and shocked to learn that in North America it was regarded as a male name occasionally given to females.

For anyone considering Bronwyn for their son I would ask that they reconsider due to the origins of the name.

Bronwyn comes from Bronwen, and the Celtic (predominantly Welsh) story of Branwen featured in the Celtic manuscript collection 'Mabinogion' (Section II). In short, the story of Branwen is not pleasant; Branwen is given to an Irish King (Matholwch), suffers at the hands of her master and trains a starling to bring the news to her brothers for rescue.

Brother Bran, with half-brother Efnisien, free Branwen and return her to Wales. It is Bran (or modern equivalent Bron, as in, LeBron) that is the masculine form. Bran is depicted as a strong and handsome man. Bran is often referred to as 'Bendigeifran' in the 'Mabinogion'. Note: Bendigeifran means Bran the Blessed in Welsh, as Branwen is 'Brangwaine'; Bran originally meaning 'Raven'.

Some will argue that Bronwyn is masculine due to the affix -wyn (Welsh m.), however as Bronwyn is a Trans-Celtic name both Bronwyn and Bronwen are feminine as the affixes -wen (Welsh) and -wyn (Irish) are feminine.

The historical figure of Bronwyn is one of beauty, love and inspiration, and can be likened to that of Ishtar, however Branwen's story is of slavery and suffering.

For the record I have changed my name since childhood, as Bronwyn is not an internationally recognized (or pronounceable) name.
-- Anthropologist  8/2/2012
This is a name I have been proud to bear because my parents were wise enough to tell me its history and meaning from the time I was young. If you are a parent who wants to bestow a beautiful and unusual name on your daughter, Bronwyn or Bronwen is a great choice. Team it with Brigid, Anne, or another middle name instantly reognizeable as feminine, and your daughter will not have a problem with people assuming the name is masculine. It is a name with character and strength. And, it is also a great conversation starter in Bronwyn's professional and social life.
-- Anonymous User  8/30/2013
I really like this name, I think it's very beautiful. My best friend has this name, so when I hear it I think of her.
I also think it is a great name for a strong and professional woman.
-- pepper256pasta  12/21/2013
I love it and have every intention of naming my first daughter Bronwyn.
-- DivaEsq  11/24/2014
I love my name and everything, but the misspellings and mispronunciations get crazy. "Brownin", "Bronin", "Brownwin" are just a few...
-- bronwynk  1/8/2015
Bronwynne Brent, a folk singer-songwriter. (Her name is spelt slightly differently but it's pronounced the same way.)
-- Anonymous User  6/28/2015
The name Bronwyn was given to 43 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
I am one of the people who was lucky enough to have her parents give her this name. I didn't know anything about its origin and neither do my parents to this day until I found this website. It may be an unusual name, but it's unique and I love it. Over the years it has inspired some funny nicknames from my friends such at Bronnie, and they do make me laugh. However, with each good thing comes a bad thing. People started to spell it wrong, such as Brownyn, which annoyed the hell out of me, but I ignored it. I think it's an amazing name and the people who have it as their name, including me, are lucky to have it.
-- BronwynSP06  3/21/2017
In welsh it means, "Fair Breast".
-- Aspen Ash  4/14/2017
My name is Bronwyn and I can honestly say I've hated it for as long as I can remember. It causes me so much stress and anxiety when introducing myself to others, the misspelling and pronunciations I get are horrendous. Dealing with the looks I get from people when I tell them my name (usually after repeating several times) isn't the best feeling either. Then it's often followed by the question "What does it mean?" and the conversation only gets worse or I get laughed at. I'd love to change it to something more common or easily pronounced.
-- bumbly8ee  8/11/2017

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