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GenderMasculine
UsageWelsh
PronouncedPron.shə-WE-lin Welsh
li-WEL-in English
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Meaning & History

Possibly a Welsh form of the old Celtic name Lugubelenus, a combination of the names of the gods LUGUS and BELENUS. Alternatively it may be derived from Welsh llyw "leader". This was the name of several Welsh rulers, notably the 13th-century Llywelyn the Great who fought against England.
DiminutiveLlew
Feminine FormsLewella, Llewella

Categories

animals, felines, history, leadership, lions, princes, uncertain etymology
Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute