Gender Feminine
Pronounced Pron. BRAN-wehn(Welsh)  [key]

Meaning & History

Means "white raven" from Old Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "white, blessed". According to the Second Branch of the Mabinogi [1] she was the daughter of Llŷr. After she was mistreated by her husband Matholwch, the king of Ireland, she managed to get a message to her brother Brân, the king of Britain. Brân launched a costly invasion to rescue her, but she died of grief shortly after her return.

Related Names

Rootsbran + gwyn

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Depiction of Branwen by Christopher Williams (1915)Depiction of Branwen by Christopher Williams (1915)


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Entry updated June 9, 2023