Ancient Welsh Names

These names were used by ancient speakers of Welsh. See Ancient Celtic names for a broader list.
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ARTHFAEL m Ancient Welsh
Welsh form of ARMEL.
ARTHMAEL m Ancient Welsh
Old Welsh form of ARMEL.
CADEYRN m Ancient Welsh
Means "battle king" from Welsh cad "battle" and teyrn "king, monarch". Cadeyrn (also known as Catigern) was a 5th-century king of Powys in Wales, the son of Vortigern.
CYNBEL m Ancient Welsh
Derived from Welsh cyn "chief" and bel "war".
CYNWRIG m Ancient Welsh
Derived from Welsh cyn meaning "chief" and gwr meaning "hero, man", plus the suffix ig indicating "has the quality of".
ELISEDD m Ancient Welsh
Derived from Welsh elus meaning "kind". This was the name of two kings of Powys in Wales.
GWRTHEYRN m Ancient Welsh
Means "supreme king" from Welsh gor meaning "over" and teyrn meaning "king, monarch". It is possible that this is not a name, but a title. According to medieval chroniclers, Gwrtheyrn (also known as Vortigern) was a 5th-century king of the Britons. It was he who invited the brothers Hengist and Horsa to Britain, which eventually led to the Anglo-Saxon conquest of England.
MORCANT m Ancient Welsh
Old Welsh form of MORGAN (1).
NYNNIAW m Ancient Welsh
Meaning unknown, presumably of Brythonic origin. According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, this was the name of a British prince who fought against the invading forces of Julius Caesar. It was also borne by an 8th-century Welsh historian, usually known by the Latinized form Nennius.
SEISYLL m Ancient Welsh
Old Welsh form of SEXTILIUS.
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