Usage Welsh Mythology
Other Forms FormsCreiddylat, Creidylad, Creirdyddlydd, Creuddylad, Creudylad, Creurdilad, Crieddlad, Kreiddylat
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Meaning & History
From Creudylad or Creurdilad, 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 "debt"). In Welsh legend Creiddylad was the most beautiful girl in the British Isles, the daughter of King Lludd (from llud "sea"; otherwise called LLYR). Her name is allegedly the basis for Geoffrey of Monmouth's CORDEILLA (though in adapting it to Cordeilla, Geoffrey made the name unrecognisable to his Welsh translators).