Ancient Celtic Submitted Names

These names were used by the Celtic peoples who occupied Europe and the British Isles. See also about Ancient Celtic names.
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ABREXTA f Gaulish
Derived from the Celtic element rextu- meaning "law".
ACAUNISSA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish acaunon meaning "stone".
ACULIA f Gaulish
Derived from *acu- meaning "fast".
ADBUGISSA f Gaulish
Derived from Proto-Celtic ad- meaning "very" and *bugio- meaning "blue".
ADYANTUMAROS m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of ad- "to" +‎ yantu "zeal, jealousy" +‎ māros "great".
ÁEDACÁN m Ancient Irish
Ancient Irish masculine name meaning "fire".
AMASHILU m Ancient Celtic
A Lepontic name.
AMBIORIX m Ancient Celtic, History
Continental Celtic name, derived from Celtic ambio "enclosure" (or ambi "around, about" or ambitio "rich") combined with Celtic rix "king." This was the name of one of the two kings of a Gaulish tribe called the Eburones, who was famous for revolting against Julius Caesar in 54 BC (which eventually led to the extermination of the Eburones).
ARGIOTALUS m Gaulish
Derived from Proto-Celtic *argyos "white" and *talus "front, forehead".
ARIOGAISOS m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of arios "noble" + gaisos "spear".
ARTEBUDZ m Ancient Celtic
Possibly means "bear penis" in Noric.
ARTOGNOU m Ancient Celtic
Common Brittonic name composed of arθ "bear" + gnọw "knowledge". Used in the 6th century CE.
ARTULA f Ancient Celtic
Artula is a diminutive from the Gaulish word artos "bear". It is probably the source of the Latin name Ursula---in an inscription from Trier a woman called Artula with her daughter Ursula is recorded.
ARVIRARGUS m Ancient Celtic, Literature
Possibly a Latinized form of an old Celtic name, composed of the elements ard "high, paramount" and rhaig "king". This was the name of a legendary, possibly historical, British king of the 1st century AD... [more]
ATEBODWOS m Gaulish
Of Gaulish usage.
ATIKORYOS m Ancient Celtic
A Gualish name, composed of atis "furnace, oven; fire" + koryos "troop, tribe".
AXROTALUS m Gaulish
Gaulish name meaning "high forehead", from the Proto-Celtic elements *axkros, *akros "high, noble, great" and *talus "front, forehead".
BANNA f Gaulish
Means "carriage" in Gaulish.
BAUILA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish *baua meaning "dirt, mud".
BELENA f Ancient Celtic, German, Danish, Celtic Mythology
Latinized feminine form of Belenus. Belena was the wife of the Gaulish solar god Belenus and the goddess of the sun and the beginning summer.
BETUA f Gaulish
Means "birch tree" in Gaulish.
BODUOGNATOS m Ancient Celtic
Derived from Celtic boduus or boduo(s) "crow" combined with gnato, which can mean both "knowing, intelligent" and "son."
BODYOKASSOS m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of bodyos "yellow" + kassos "curly, woven, twisted".
BOIDMAL m Ancient Irish
Derived from Old Irish buaid meaning "victory, profit" and mál "noble, chief".
BOUDIACA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish boudi- meaning "victory".
BOUDILATIS f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish boudi- meaning "victory" and latis meaning "hero" or "heroine".
BRANGEN m Ancient Irish
Derived from the Archaic or Primitive Irish ᚁᚏᚐᚅᚑᚌᚓᚅᚔ (Branogeni) meaning "raven clan".
BRIAMAIL m Medieval Welsh, Brythonic
Old Welsh form of the Brythonic name *Brigomaglos, which was composed of the Proto-Celtic elements *brigos, *brigā meaning "might, power" and *maglos "chief, noble".
BROGIMAROS m Gaulish
Derived from the Proto-Celtic elements *brogis, *mrogis "territory, region" and *māros "great".
CADHAN m Ancient Irish, Irish Mythology
Gaelic byname meaning "barnacle goose". In Irish legend Cadhan was a hero who slayed a monster with the help of his hound.
CAEDY f & m Ancient Irish
Meaning: Warrior/Peace Bringer. The theory being that when capable fighters were around, other people were less likely to start fights they knew they’d lose.
CAENON m Ancient Celtic (Rare, Archaic, ?)
From Irish and Celtic, the merging of Cano (wolf (cub)), Cian ("ancient") with the suffix "an" (little/small); creates the precedent form of Kaenan after basing off of Cianán which eventually becomes the Anglicized name, Keenan.... [more]
CAMULA f Gaulish
Feminine form of Camulus.
CARATA f Gaulish
Means "loved" in Gaulish.
CARTIMANDUA f History, Ancient Celtic
Celtic name, in which the second element is mandu "pony, colt, filly". The first element is less certain, perhaps from karti "drive out", or it may mean "clean, sleek". This was the name of a 1st-century queen of the Brigantes.
CASSIVELLAUNUS m Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Means "The Passionate Leader".
CATTA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish cattos meaning "cat".
CATURIX m Ancient Celtic, Celtic Mythology
Derived from Celtic catu "battle" combined with Celtic rix "king." This was the name of the war god of the Helvetii, a continental Celtic tribe.
CATUVELLAUNUS m Ancient Celtic, Cornish
"The One Who mnos Leads welnā in Battle katu".
CATUVOLCOS m Ancient Celtic
The first element of this name is derived from Celtic catu "battle." The second element is probably derived from Proto-Celtic volkio "to wash, to bathe." It might also refer to the Volcae, a continental Celtic tribe.
CATUVOLCUS m Ancient Celtic (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Catuvolcos. A bearer of this name was Catuvolcus, one of the two kings of a Gaulish tribe called the Eburones. In 54 BC, he committed suicide by poisoning himself.
CAUARIA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish cauaros meaning "champion, hero".
CENNFINN m Ancient Irish
Derived from the Proto-celtic name Kʷennowindos meaning "white head".
CERTÁN m Ancient Irish
Old Irish name, possibly meaning "humming sound". See also Kjartan.
CIARDHUBHÁN m Ancient Irish
From Gaelic ciar "dark" and dubh "black" combined with the diminutive suffix án.
CINGETORIX m Ancient Celtic, History
Derived from Celtic cingeto "marching men, warriors" combined with Celtic rix "king." This name was borne by one of the four kings of Kent in 54 BC.
CONNMHACH m Ancient Irish
Derived from Gaelic connmach "head-smashing".
CONTUINDA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish conto-, of unknown meaning but which may mean "a hundred", and uindos meaning "white".
CÚBHUIDHE m Ancient Irish
Means "yellow hound" in Gaelic.
CUIRE m Ancient Irish
From Old Irish cuire meaning "a throng or multitude, a troop or company".
CÚMHEADHA m Ancient Irish
Old Irish name derived from "wolf, hound" in combination with a second element of unknown meaning (possibly the place name Meadha).
CUNORIX m Ancient Celtic
Derived from Old Celtic koun "hound" combined with Celtic rix "king." The name might also be a form of Cyneric (see Kendrick).
DAGODUBNOS m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of dagos "good" + dubnos "world".
DAGODURNOS m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of dagos "good" + durnos "first".
DAGOMAROS m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of dagos "good" + maros "great".
DAGORIX m Ancient Celtic
Means "good king", derived from Celtic dago "good, kind" combined with Celtic rix "king."
DERBFORGAILL f Ancient Irish, Irish Mythology
From Gaelic Der bForgaill, which apparently meant "daughter of Forgall". It may be an earlier form of Dearbháil or Deirbhile. This was the name of a legendary princess of Lochlann (Norway) who "had been left for the Fomorii in lieu of tribute on a deserted beach... [more]
DEWOGNATA f Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of dewos "god" + gnatos "known".
DOMHANGHART m Ancient Irish, Medieval Irish
Contracted form of the early medieval Irish given name Domhan-Gabh-Art, which is said to mean "I take Art from the world (to serve his Heavenly Master)" in Irish. The name consists of Irish domhan meaning "the world", Irish gabh meaning "I take" and the given name Art.
DOUSONNA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish dous- meaning "forearm".
DRUIAN m Ancient Celtic, Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of an unknown Gaelic name, of uncertain origin and meaning.
DRUSTANUS m Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Latinized form of Drustan. It appears in a 6th-century tombstone inscription (“Drustanus lies here, the son of Cunomorus”) and many scholars have thought to identify Drustanus with the Tristan of Celtic legend... [more]
DUBNORIX m Ancient Celtic
Original Gaulish form of the latinized Dumnorix.
DUMNAGUAL m Medieval Welsh, Brythonic
Old Welsh cognate of Gaelic Domhnall, derived from a Celtic name composed of the elements *dubnos meaning "world" and *‎walos "prince, chief".
DUMNORIX m Ancient Celtic, History
Means "king of the world", derived from Celtic dumno "world, universe" and rix "king." This name was borne by a chieftain from Gaul, who lived in the 1st century BC.
DUNNONIA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish dunno- meaning "brown".
ELANTIA f Gaulish
Means "doe (female deer)" in Gaulish.
EOCHAIDH m Ancient Irish
Old Irish name meaning "horseman", derived from ech "horse". This was a very common name in ancient Ireland, belonging to numerous historical and mythical kings.
EPOREDORIX m Ancient Celtic
Derived from the Celtic element epo(s) "horse", combined with redo "to travel, to run" and rix "king." The name would thus mean "king of the running horses" - perhaps "king of the cavalry" is a little bit more appropriate... [more]
EPPONINA f Ancient Celtic, History
Likely derived from the Celtic element epo(s) "horse", and perhaps a derivative of the name of the Brythonic and Gaulish goddess Epona. Epponina or Eponina was the virtuous wife of the 1st-century Gallo-Roman rebel Julius Sabinus.
ESSA f Ancient Irish
Means "nurse" in Gaelic.
ESUVIA f Ancient Celtic, Celtic Mythology
Gaulish name, the feminine form of Esvios via its Latinized form Esuvius. It is presumably related to Esuvii, the name of a Gaulish tribe, and the Gaulish theonym Esus.
FAOILTIARNA Ancient Irish
Derived from Irish Gaelic faol "wolf" (compare Faolán) and tighearna "lord" or "mistress" (compare Tighearnach). This is the name of an obscure Irish saint commemorated on 17 March, whose sex is forgotten, being recorded inconsistently... [more]
FIACHA m Ancient Irish
Means "ravens".
FILTIARN m Ancient Irish
Means "lord of the wolves" from Gaelic fáel "wolf" combined with tigern "lord".
FURSEY m Ancient Irish, History
Possibly derived from Latin virtus "virtue" via Old Irish firt. Saint Fursey was an early medieval Irish monk and visionary whose "celebrated visions had considerable influence on dream literature of the later Middle Ages", including Dante's 'Divine Comedy'.
GAROMAROS m Gaulish
Derived from Proto-Celtic *gāros, *gāri "a shout, call" and *māros "great".
GELGÉIS f Ancient Irish, Medieval Irish
Means "bright swan" in Old Irish, from geal "bright" and geiss "swan".
GOEZNOVEUS m Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Celtic name meaning "(having) knowledge of vision". This was the name of an early Breton saint from Cornwall.
GRÁINDE f Ancient Irish
Old Irish form of Gráinne.
IANTUMAROS m Gaulish
Derived from Proto-Celtic *yantu "zeal, jealousy" and *māros "great".
IFEARNÁN m Ancient Irish
Means "demon" from a diminutive of Gaelic ifreann "hell".
INEQAGLAS m Ancient Irish
Primitive Irish name derived from the Proto-Celtic *enekʷom meaning “face" and *glastos meaning “green, blue”.
KAĐĐI-WELNĀ-MNOS m Ancient Celtic, Cornish
Means "the passionate leader" in Cornish.
KATUMAROS m Gaulish
Derived from Proto-Celtic *katus "battle" and *māros "great".
KATURIX m Gaulish, Celtic Mythology
Gaulish name meaning "battle lord", derived from Proto-Celtic *katus "battle" and Gaulish rīx "king".
KATUWELLAUNOS m Ancient Celtic
"The One Who (mnos) Leads (welnā) in Battle (katu)".
KINTUGENOS m Gaulish
Gaulish name meaning "firstborn", derived from the Proto-Celtic elements *kintus, *kentus "first" and *genos "born; family".
KINTUGNATOS m Gaulish
Gaulish name meaning "firstborn", derived from Proto-Celtic *kintus, *kentus "first" and *gnātos "born".
KOSHIO m Ancient Celtic
Means "guest" in Lepontic.
KUNOPENNOS f Gaulish
Derived from Proto-Celtic *kunos, stem of * "dog", and pennom "head".
LASAIRFHÍONA f Ancient Irish, Irish
Derived from Irish lasair "flame" (compare Laisrén) and‎ fíona "of wine" (from Old Irish fín "wine", from Latin vinum).
LEUCA f Gaulish
Derived from Gaulish leucos meaning "bright".
LITOGENA f Gaulish
Etymology uncertain, but perhaps related to Gaulish litu- meaning "festival".
LOVERNISCA f Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Romanized Celtic name meaning "vixen", derived from Brythonic *louernos "fox".
LUBITIATA f Gaulish
Means "loved" in Gaulish.
LUGORIX m Ancient Celtic
Derived from Celtic lugu "light" combined with Celtic rix "king." The first element of the name might also refer to the Celtic god Lugus or Lugh.
LUGOTORIX m Ancient Celtic, History
Derived from Celtic lugu "light" (or from Proto-Celtic lukot "mouse") combined with Celtic rix "king." The first element of the name might also refer to the Celtic god Lugus or Lugh... [more]
LUGUSELWA f Gaulish
Gaulish name meaning "possession of Lugus", derived from the name of the god Lugus combined with Proto-Celtic *selwā "possession, property".
LUKOTORIX m Gaulish
Gaulish name, derived from lukoss "mouse" and rix "king". See also Lugotorix.
LUTUMAROS m Gaulish
Derived from the Proto-Celtic elements *lūtu "anger, power" and *māros "great".
MACCUS m Ancient Irish
Old Irish version of Magnus.
MÁELMUIRE f Ancient Celtic (Rare)
Máel Muire meaning "Disciple of the Virgin Mary", Daughter of King Cináed I of Scotland
MÁEL RUAIN m Ancient Irish
Means "disciple of Saint Ruadhán" in Old Irish.
MAGLORIX m Ancient Celtic
Derived from proto-Celtic roots maglos "noble" or "chief" and rīxs "king".
MAGUNO m Gaulish, Ancient Celtic
Gaulish cognate of Maonirn.
M’AODHÓG m Ancient Irish
Older form of Máedóc, meaning "my little Aodh".
MAOLANAITHE m Ancient Irish
From Gaelic Maol Anfaidh meaning "devotee of the storm", from maol "bald, tonsured one" (later "as of someone who is devoted to God") and anfadh "tempest, storm". This was the name of a saint.
MEALLA f Ancient Irish
Gaelic form of Mella.
MERIADOC m Ancient Celtic, Literature
Welsh form of Meriadeg. This is the name of the legendary founder of Brittany, British leader Conan Meriadoc. Used by J. R. R. Tolkien for the character of Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck, a hobbit in 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954).
MOGURIX m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of mogus "servant" + rix "king".
MUIRCHEARTACH m Ancient Celtic
From the Gaelic muir "sea" + ceartach "skilled", hence denoted to a skilled seaman.
NÚADU m Ancient Irish
Older form of Nuada.
OCLAUIA f Gaulish
Etymology uncertain, however it may be from *oclo- meaning "drink".
ONOMARIS f Ancient Celtic (Latinized), History
This is the name of an ancient Galatian Celtic queen. Her name appears to be a compound, with variants the "-maris" element appearing in several Celtic languages, meaning "great". It may also mean "mountain ash", or possibly "like a great mountain ash or rowan tree".
ORGETORIX m Ancient Celtic, History
Derived from Celtic orgeto "killer" (which comes from orge "to kill") combined with Celtic rix "king." This name was borne by a leader of the Helvetii (a Celtic tribe), who lived in the 1st century BC.
OSCARA m Ancient Celtic
Ancient Celtic origin of Oscar.
PRASUTAGUS m Ancient Celtic (Latinized, Rare)
Latinized form of a Celtic name borne by the king of the Iceni tribe and husband of the warrior-queen Boudicca.
SEAGHDHAN m Ancient Irish
Variant of Séaghdha as well as an older form of Sean.
SEGOMAROS m Gaulish
Composed of Proto-Celtic *sego- "force, victory" and *māros "great".
SEGOVAX m Ancient Celtic
Celtic name, in which the first element is Proto-Celtic *sego- "force, victory" (also found in the Gaulish name Segomaros). The second element, *uako, possibly means "empty" or "curved"... [more]
SENOVARA f Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Romanized Celtic name, in which the first element is ultimately from the Indo-European root *sen meaning "old" (the second element, uaro, is uncertain, possibly meaning "war"). It was found scratched onto a metal "curse tablet" (c.2nd-century) at the temple of Sulis Minerva at Bath (Somerset, South West England)... [more]
SEQUANA f Ancient Celtic (Latinized), Celtic Mythology
Latinized form of the Gaulish (Celtic) name Sicauna, which is argued to mean "sacred river" or "the fast flowing one". This was the name of the Gallo-Roman goddess of the River Seine.
SÍODHACHÁN m Ancient Irish
Derived from Irish síodhach "peaceful" or "otherworldly" combined with a diminutive suffix. The adjective síodhach is a variant of sítheach, from síth, basically meaning "settlement", hence both "peace" and "place inhabited by other world beings".
SUADURIX m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of swadus "sweet" + rix "king".
SUCARIA f Gaulish
Derived from su- meaning "good" and cara meaning "dear".
TAILEFHLAITH f Ancient Irish
Older form of Tuilelaith (see Talulla).
TANCORIX f Ancient Celtic (Latinized)
Derived from Proto-Celtic *tanko- "peace" and rix "king".
TAXIMAGULOS m Ancient Celtic
Derived from Proto-Celtic taxsi "soft" combined with Celtic magalo "prince."
TAXIMAGULUS m Ancient Celtic (Latinized), History
Latinized form of Taximagulos. This name was borne by one of the four kings of Kent in 54 BC.
TEUTOBOD m Ancient Germanic (?), Ancient Celtic (?)
This was the name of a king of the Teutones who lived in 2nd-century BC Europe. The historical tribe the Teutones (or Teutoni) are generally classified as Germanic, though some ancient writers called them Celts... [more]
TEUTOMATOS m Ancient Celtic
The first element of this name is derived from Celtic teuta or touta "people, tribe" (see also Theudebert). The second element is derived from mat(i) "good, kind" or matu "bear."
TINKOMAROS m Ancient Celtic
A Gaulish name, composed of tinkos "firm, solid" + maros "great".
TNÚTHGAL m Ancient Irish
Composed of the Gaelic elements tnúth "desire, envy" and gal "valor".
TREBOPALA f Ancient Celtic, Lusitanian, Celtic Mythology
An ancient Lusitanian feminine name believed to be the name of a goddess. Her name is derived from *trebo- meaning "house, dwelling place", and potentially the Lepontic and Ligurian word pala meaning "sacred stone" or "flat land".
UERCASSIUELLAUNOS m Ancient Celtic
Latinization of a Gaulish name. The name of a general of the Averni and cousin of Vercingetorix.
UESUCA f Gaulish
Derived from uesu- meaning "good, worthy".
UINDA f Gaulish
Means "white" in Gaulish.
UINDILLA f Gaulish
Variant of Uinda.
UISCAREUA f Gaulish
Variant of Uesuca.
ULKOS m Ancient Celtic
Means "bad, evil" in Lepontic.
WELYOKASSOS m Ancient Celtic
A Gualish name, composed of welyos "modesty" + kassos "curly, woven, twisted".
WINNOW m Ancient Irish, Theology
Variant of Winnoc or Winwaloe. Irish saint. Honored by several churches in Cornwall, England, probably the area of his missionary labors as part of the great evangelizing efforts of the era.
WIROGALOS m Gaulish
Derived from the Proto-Celtic elements *wiros "man" and *galā "valour, ability". It is a cognate of Fearghal.