Welsh Mythology Submitted Names
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AERFEN f Welsh Mythology
Welsh form of Aerten
, the name of a Brythonic goddess of fate. Aerten
is derived from Proto-Celtic *agro
- "carnage, slaughter" (cf. Agrona
) and *tan
"to broaden, to spread" or *ten
- "to break, to cut"... [more]
AFAGDDU m Welsh Mythology
Derived from Welsh y fagddu
meaning "utter darkness". In Welsh legends this was originally a nickname belonging to the Arthurian warrior Morfran, who was so ugly and hairy that when he fought at the battle of Camlann, none of the other warriors struck him because they thought he was a devil; later legends transferred the character's ugliness and nickname to a brother, Afagddu.
AFALLACH m Welsh Mythology
Probably derived from Middle Welsh afall
"apple". This may be cognate with Abelio
, the name of a Gaulish god, which is thought to come from Proto-Celtic *aballo
- "apple" (also the source of the mythical place name Avalon
AMAETHON m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Derived from the Brittonic name *Ambaχtonos
meaning "divine ploughman" or "ploughman-god". This was the name of the Welsh god of agriculture. In the late 11th-century legend of Culhwch
appeared as an Arthurian warrior; "as one of his tasks, Culhwch had to convince Amathaon to plow the lands of the giant Ysbaddaden
AMLODD m Welsh (Rare), Welsh Mythology
Variant of Amlawdd
, derived from the Welsh intensifying prefix an
- and llawdd
"praise". In Welsh myth he is the father of Eigyr (Igraine) and therefore the grandfather of King Arthur... [more]
BAEDDAN m Welsh Mythology
In the medieval Welsh tale 'Culhwch and Olwen' this name belongs to the father of Maelwys, one of Arthur's warriors.
CADWY m Welsh Mythology
From Old Welsh cad
"battle" combined with the suffix wy
. This was borne by the son of Geraint
in Arthurian legend.
CELEMON f Welsh Mythology
Meaning unknown. It occurs briefly in 'Culhwch and Olwen' belonging to a lady at King Arthur's court, the daughter of Sir Kay.
CLYDAI f Welsh Mythology
The name of a Welsh saint of the 5th century, the reputed foundress of a church named Clydai, in Emlyn.
CREIDDYLAD f Welsh Mythology
, which is probably from Welsh craidd
"heart", or creu
"to create, engender", or creir
"a token, jewel, sacred object", combined with dylad
, an ancient word for water (or possibly dyled
CREIRWY f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Means "token of the egg", and in effect "mundane egg", from Welsh creir
"a token, jewel, sacred object" and wy
"egg". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she was a daughter of Ceridwen
DWYNWEN f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Possibly from the name of the Celtic god of love, Dwyn
combined with the Welsh element gwyn
"blessed, white, fair"; or derived from Welsh dwyn
"to lead (a life)", in which case it means "to a lead a blessed life"... [more]
ELIDYR m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Variant of Elidir
). This form appears in the legend of 'Culhwch and Olwen' belonging to one of Arthur's knights: Elidyr Gyvarwydd.
ESMERÉE f Welsh Mythology
Perhaps derived from Old French esmer
"to like, love, respect". It was the name of a character in the Old French verse 'Le Bel Inconnu' (1185–90) by Renaut de Bâgé. In the Arthurian romance, Blonde Esmeree, Queen of Wales was turned into a serpent by the wizard Mabon and his brother Evrain, and saved by Gawain's son Guinglain, also known as the Fair Unknown.
EURGAIN f Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Derived from Welsh aur
"gold" (penult form eur
) and cain
"fair; fine; elegant". In Welsh mythology, Eurgain is noted as the first female saint and daughter of Caratacus
) in the History of Dunraven Manuscript
, a manuscript giving the genealogy of Taliesin
GAHERIS m Arthurian Romance, Welsh Mythology
This is the name of a character in Arthurian tales, a brother of Gawain
(as well as Gareth
, Mordred and Agravain), and the son of King Lot and either Belisent
. 'The earliest form of his name is so similar to the earliest form of Gareth (Gahariet
) that the two brothers may have originally been the same character.' First mentioned by the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes, although scholars have suggested a derivation from the Welsh name Gweir
, which belongs to a number of warriors in Welsh legends and can mean "hay", "collar", "circle", "loop" or "bend".
GWENHWYFACH f Welsh Mythology
Meaning uncertain, perhaps from the name Gwenhwyfar
combined with Welsh ach
, a suffix which "evokes unpleasantness" (according to Patrick Sims-Williams). This was the name of Gwenhwyfar's sister, found in the Welsh triads and 'Culhwch and Olwen', who "may represent an unpleasant or evil form of Gwenhwyfar herself;" according to two triads, Gwenhwyfach instigated the battle of Camlann when she struck her sister... [more]
GWENWLEDYR f Welsh Mythology
The first element is Welsh gwen
"fair, white, blessed"; the second element, gwledyr
, is uncertain. In the tale of Culhwch and Olwen (which appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth), Gwenwledyr was a lady who lived at Arthur
's court, the daughter of Gwawrddur the Hunchback and sister of three of Arthur's warriors: Duach, Brathach and Nerthach.
GWION m Welsh Mythology, Welsh
Possibly related to the Welsh element gwyn
meaning "fair, blessed". This was the original name of Taliesin
, a legendary bard, before he was cast into the "cauldron of knowledge", after which he became Taliesin, bard and seer.
GWRI m Welsh Mythology
Probably derived from Proto-Celtic *wiro
- "man" (the source of modern Welsh gŵr
"man, husband"). In the 'Mabinogion', this was the name given by Teyrnon
to the infant Pryderi
IFOR m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Archaic variant of Ivor
, or perhaps a variant of Ifan
. It was borne by the Welsh historical figure Ifor Bach ("Little Ifor") who may have been based on a folk character known as Little John, which supports the latter etymology... [more]
JOLÏETE f Welsh Mythology
Possibly from Old French joli
"pretty, cute, smart, joyful". According to Gerbert de Montreuil's 'Fourth Continuation' of Chrétien’s Perceval (c. 1230), this was the name of a maidservant of Bloiesine, Gawain’s lover.
KYLEDYR m Welsh Mythology
An Arthurian warrior who was the son of Nwython
. Kyledyr or Cyledyr was loyal to the warrior Gwythyr
, and joined Gwythyr’s army during a war against Gwynn
son of Nudd
. He and his father Nwython were taken prisoner by Gwynn... [more]
MINIVER f Cornish, Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Anglicized form of Menfre
, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Menfre, born c.471, was one of the many holy daughters of King Brychan Brycheiniog. 'St. Menfre appears to have been active in Wales, around Minwear, near Haverfordwest, in Dyfed but, later, left her native land in order to evangelise the Cornish.' The early use of the name was in Cornwall where it appears to be a regional form of Guinevere
MODRON f Welsh Mythology
, the name of a Gaulish mother goddess, which derives from the Indo-European root *mater
meaning "mother". In Welsh legend she was the mother of Mabon
the Enchanter; the pair's names, Modron and Mabon, derive from roots meaning "mother" and "son", "with the suffix on
typically found in divine or semi-divine names." Several scholars point to her as the origin of Morgan
le Fay; she may also serve as the prototype of the Lady of the Lake.
NINNIANE f Literature, Welsh Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly of Celtic origin (perhaps related to Ninian
). This is the name of the Lady of the Lake in the Old French Vulgate 'Lancelot' and the continuation to the Vulgate 'Merlin', known as the 'Suite du Merlin'... [more]
OSIAN m Welsh Mythology, Welsh
Osian is a Welsh male given name, derived from the Irish legendary poet and warrior Oisín
. The name is derived from the Irish for 'little deer'. Osian was the 36th most popular baby boy's name in Wales in 2011.
PENARDDUN f Welsh Mythology
Means "chief beauty" or "most fair", derived from the Welsh elements pen
"head, chief, foremost" and arddun
"fair, beautiful". In Welsh mythology she was a wife of the sea-god Llyr
PENN m English, Welsh Mythology
Means "head, top" in Welsh. This was the name of two characters in Welsh legend. It can also come from the English surname which was from a place name meaning "hill" in Old English.
RHAGNELL f Welsh Mythology
The name of a Mythical Welsh Princess, Blodeuwedd's Maid, Who is spoken of in most stories of Blodeuwedd as her Loyal and Faithfull Friend in Blodeuwedd's Lonely World.