Medieval Welsh Submitted Names
were used by medieval Welsh peoples.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AFAN m Welsh, Medieval Welsh
The name of a river in South Wales, usually Anglicized as Avon
or Avan, presumably derived from Celtic *abon
- "river" (making it a cognate of Afon
). It was also borne by a 6th-century Welsh saint.
ARIANWEN f Medieval Welsh, Welsh
Derived from Welsh arian
"silver" and gwen
"white; fair; blessed". According to legend, Arianwen verch Brychan was the daughter of Brychan
Brycheiniog and later went on to become a saint herself.
BRIAMAIL m Medieval Welsh, Brythonic
Old Welsh form of the Brythonic name *Brigomaglos
, which was composed of the Proto-Celtic elements *brigos
meaning "might, power" and *maglos
CALLWEN f Medieval Welsh
Derived from call
meaning "wise, sensible" and gwen
meaning "white, fair, blessed", or cellan
meaning "little cell".
CYNFRAN m Medieval Welsh
Derived from Welsh cyn
"chief" and bran
"crow, raven". This was the name of an obscure 5th-century Welsh saint. He was one of the sons of Saint Brychan.
DILLENA f Medieval Welsh
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Current theories include a Latinization of Dulon
and a derivation from the " Medieval Welsh word dillyn
meaning, as an adjective, "beautiful, fine, neat, chaste", and as a noun, "a thing of beauty or elegance, ornament, precious thing, dear one, darling"".
DYDDGU f Medieval Welsh
Derived from the Welsh elements dydd
"day" and cu
"beloved, dear". This name was used by the 14th-century lyric poet Dafydd ap Gwilym for the subject of nine of his love poems, an unattainable, aristocratic, dark-haired woman whose character contrasts that of his other love, the blonde Morfudd
EUDDOGWY m Medieval Welsh
Euddogwy is the name of a 6th century male Welsh saint. His name is sometimes Latinized as Oudoceus.
GENERYS f Medieval Welsh
Old Welsh name of uncertain meaning, perhaps from Middle Welsh gen
"family" or geneth
"girl" and ner
"chief, hero". It was borne by one of the lovers of the 12th-century Welsh poet Hywel ab Owain.
GWEIRFUL f Medieval Welsh
Old Welsh name of uncertain meaning, possibly derived from the Welsh elements gwair
"turn, bend, circle" (older form gweir
) and mul
GWENLLWYFO f Medieval Welsh
From Welsh gwen
(the feminine form of gwyn) meaning "white, fair, blessed" and llwyf
GWENWYNWYN m Medieval Welsh
Famous bearer is Gwenwynwyn ab Owain Cyfeiliog, the last major ruler of mid Wales before the completion of the Norman English invasion.
HUNYDD f Medieval Welsh
Old Welsh name of uncertain derivation, possibly from Welsh hun
"sleep" or huan
"sun". It was the name of a sweetheart of the 12th-century poet and soldier Hywel ap Owain.
LLEISION m Medieval Welsh
Possibly related to Welsh llais "voice", compare lleisiol
meaning "vocal". There is also a theory that it is a Welsh contraction of kyrie eleision
, an Ecclesiastical Latin phrase from Ancient Greek Κύριε, ἐλέησον meaning "Lord, have mercy".
LLYWARCH m Medieval Welsh, Welsh
Possibly a Welsh form of the hypothetic old Celtic name *Lugumarcos
meaning "horse of Lugus", derived from the name of the Celtic god Lugus
combined with Welsh march
"horse", but perhaps the first element is Welsh llyw
MORFUDD f Welsh, Medieval Welsh
From Welsh mawr
"great" and budd
"wealth". In Welsh legend Morfudd was the twin sister of Sir Owain
and the daughter of King Urien by Modron
. It was also borne by a love interest of the 14th-century poet Dafydd ap Gwilym... [more]
NEFYDD m Medieval Welsh
Possibly related to Middle Welsh nef
"heaven" (compare nefoedd
"heavens"), or udd
RHAIN m Medieval Welsh, Welsh
From Welsh rhain
meaning "stiff" or "stretched out", sometimes interpreted as "spear". This was borne by a son of the legendary 5th-century king Brychan Brycheiniog, and by a 9th-century king of Dyfed.
RHIAINFELLT f Medieval Welsh
Derived from Welsh rhiain
"maiden" (originally "queen" from Celtic *r
-) and mellt
"lightning". Rhiainfellt or Rhieinfellt was the name of a great-granddaughter of Urien Rheged who became the wife of the 7th-century Anglo-Saxon king Oswy of Northumbria.
TANGWYSTL f Medieval Welsh
Means "pledge of peace" from Welsh tanc
"peace, tranquility" and gwystl
"hostage, pledge". This belonged to one of the legendary daughters of Saint Brychan.
TEGWARED m Medieval Welsh
Presumably it is a combination of teg "fair" and gwared "deliverance." The eldest natural son of Llywelyn the Great was named Tegwared, born c. 1210.
WONNOW m History (?), Medieval Welsh (?)
Variant or corruption of Winwaloe
, in the case of St Wonnow's Church, the parish church of Wonastow in South East Wales, which is dedicated to Saint Wonnow or Winwaloe, a 6th-century saint in Brittany.