are used by Celtic peoples.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
AANOR f Breton
Variant of AZENOR
. Folk etymology likes to associate this name with ELÉONORE
due to confusing the variant Aenor
with the possibly Germanic name AENOR
borne by the mother of Eleanor of Aquitaine (see ELEANOR
for further information).
ABERFA f Welsh
Means "from the mouth of the river" in Welsh.
ADWEN f Welsh, Cornish
Welsh name, in which the second element is gwen
meaning "white, fair, blessed". It was borne by a Cornish saint, considered to be "the Cornish Saint DWYNWEN
" as a patron of sweethearts... [more
AEDD m Welsh, Irish
From the Irish aedh
"fire". This name was borne by a king of Ireland.
AEDÍN f Irish (Modern, Rare)
An Irish name meaning "little flame". It is derived from the name of the Celtic sun god "AED", with "ÍN" the diminutive for "little". It is a feminine version Aidan.... [more
AELHAEARN m Welsh
Derived from Welsh ael
meaning "(eye)brow" and haearn
"iron". This was the name of a 7th-century saint.
AELOD m Medieval English, Welsh
, which was a combination of Anglo-Saxon elements ael
meaning "hall, temple" and Auð
meaning "wealth, fortune."
AELWEN f Welsh
Derived from Welsh ael
"brow" and gwen
"white; fair; blessed". This name has been used from the early 20th century onwards.
AERES f Welsh (Modern, Rare)
Allegedly directly taken from Welsh aeres
"heiress". Seems restricted to the Carmarthen district, in South Wales.
AFAN m Welsh, Medieval Welsh
The name of a river in South Wales, usually Anglicized as AVON
or Avan, presumably derived from Celtic *abon
- "river" (making it a cognate of AFON
AILERAN m Irish
Borne by Ailerán the Wise, Irish scholar and saint.
ÁILGHEANÁN m Irish
A pet form of a personal name composed of old Celtic elements meaning "mild, noble person"
AINELAG f Manx (Modern, Rare)
Modern coinage derived from Manx ainle
"angel" and the diminutive suffix -ag
, this name is intended as a Manx equivalent to ANGELA
AINMIRE m Irish
Means "great lord". A king of Tara bore this name.
AITHBHREAC f Scottish Gaelic, Medieval Scottish
Older form of OIGHRIG
. Aithbhreac was the given name of the author of the earliest extant poetry in Scottish Gaelic by a poetess. Aithbhreac Inghean Coirceadal (1430-80) wrote a famous poem to eulogise her late husband.
ALACOQUE f Irish (Rare)
From the French surname. Its popularity as a name, especially among Catholics, is likely due to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, V.H.M., a French Roman Catholic nun and mystic, who promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in its modern form.
ALAW f Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh alaw
"melody, tune; lily".
ALAWN m Welsh
Derived from Welsh alaw
meaning "melody, harmony" (see ALAW
). This was the name of an early bard, said to be one of the three founders of druidism.
ALLOW m Manx (Archaic)
Manx name of uncertain origin, used until the 17th century. Kneen (1937) suggests Old Norse alfr
"elf"; Gill (1963) points to the Manx surname Callow
, which derives from MacCalo
, an Anglicized form of either of the Gaelic surnames Mac Calbach
"son of Calbhach" (the Gaelic name Calbhach
meaning "bold") or Mac Caolaidhe
"son of Caoladhe" (the Gaelic name Caoladhe
being a derivative of caol
ALLY f Manx
Derived from Manx aaley
"fairer" and aalin
"fair, handsome, beautiful, splendid". It is also considered a cognate of AILIE
ALMEDA f Spanish, English, Breton (Archaic)
As a Spanish given name, Almeda is a transfer of the Spanish surname which is derived from Almeida
, a habitational name from Arabic al-medina
"the city". Its use has been influenced by Alameda
, a topographic name from Spanish alameda
"poplar grove", and ultimately by the Spanish word álamo
ALURED m Manx, English
This is a Manx name, said to be a cognate of ALFRED
via its latinized form Aluredus
, a variant of Alvredus
ALWEN f Welsh
Adoption of the name of a Welsh river in Clwyd. The origin and meaning of this river's name are uncertain; current theories, however, include a derivation from Proto-Celtic *al(aun)o-
ALWENA f Breton
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Current theories include an adoption of the Welsh name (which is unlikely as the Breton name seems to be older than the Welsh name in question), a younger form of Breton Alc'houen
and a variant of Anglo-Norman ALFWENA
AMARGEIN m Irish (Archaic)
Meaning "born of poetry" relating to the modern Irish word amhrán
meaning song. Was the name of ancient poet, Amargein Glúingel, who wrote the Song of Amargein and the foster of father of the hero Cú Chulainn, Amargein mac Eccit.
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
AMRANWEN f Welsh (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Welsh amrant
"eyelid" and gwen
"white, fair, blessed". It is also the Welsh name for the medicinal herb known as German chamomile in English.
ANEIRA f Welsh
Feminine form of ANEIRIN
, also considered a combination of Welsh an
, an intensifying prefix, and eira
"snow" (see Eira
), with the intended meaning of "much snow" or "very snowy"... [more
ANLUAN m Irish
From the intensive prefix an
ANNETH f Cornish (?)
From the Cornish word annedh
"home". A fictional bearer is Anneth Sizemore in Silas House's 2001 novel 'Clay's Quilt'.
AODREN m Breton
Derived from Old Breton alt
"high; elevated" and either Old Breton roen
"royal" or Old Breton roen / roin
"lineage of a king". In recent times, folk etymology likes to associate this name with Modern Breton aod
"coast, shore, waterside".
AOIBH f Irish (Rare)
Aoibh - an old Irish girls name of Celtic origin meaning “Beautiful” “radiant” “Pleasant”
AOILEANN f Irish
From Irish faoileann
meaning "fair maiden" or "seagull".
AOINE f Irish (Modern)
From Irish aoine
meaning "Friday", derived from Latin ieiunum
. Aoine has only been used as a given name in Ireland in recent times.
AOLÚ m Irish (Rare)
A combination honoring Irish deities Aodh and Lugh. Aodh is often referred to as a "god of the underworld," although this is likely influenced by Christian interpretation. He and his siblings were turned into swans by their stepmother, Aoife... [more
AOUREGAN f Breton
Breton name, in which the first element is aour
meaning "gold" (ultimately from Latin aurum
). The second element may be Breton gen
"cheek, face" or gwenn
"shining, holy"... [more
AOURELL f Breton
Derived from Breton aour
"gold", this name is generally considered the Breton form of AURELIA
AOURGEN f Breton (Rare)
Derived from Breton aour
"gold" and Old Breton ken
"fair; beautiful; splendid" (kaer
in Modern Breton), this name is the Breton cognate of Welsh EURGAIN
ARFON m Welsh
From an ancient name for the region of North West Gwynedd, derived from Welsh ar
"opposite" and Môn
"Anglesey". This has been used as a given name since the late 19th century.
ARGANTAEL f Medieval Breton, Breton (Rare)
Derived from Old Breton argant
in Modern Breton), and by extension "bright; shining; resplendent", and Old Breton hael
"generous; prince". Argantael was the wife of NEVENOE
, the first Duke of Brittany.
ARIANA f Welsh
Elaboration of the word Arian
ARIANELL f Welsh
Derived from Welsh arian
"silver" and Middle Welsh gell
"yellow" (which apparently also carried the connotations of "shining", ultimately going back to Proto-Celtic *gelwo-
"yellow; white", compare Old Irish gel(o)
white; fair; shining").... [more
ARIANWEN f Medieval Welsh, Welsh
Derived from Welsh arian
"silver" and gwen
"white; fair; blessed". According to legend, Arianwen verch Brychan was the daughter of BRYCHAN
Brycheiniog and later went on to become a saint herself.
ARTAGAN m Scottish Gaelic
A diminutive of the Gaelic name ARTAIR
, which is thought to mean "bear" or "stone". Also refers to the ancient Celtic word "art" which has three meanings: "a stone", "God" and "noble".
ARTHEK m Cornish
Derived from Cornish arth
"bear" (ultimately from Proto-Celtic *arto-
ARWEN f Welsh
Feminine form of ARWYN
. Its adoption in the late 19th century may have been influenced by the ancient Welsh name ARIANWEN
ATTRACTA f Irish, Medieval Irish (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Gaelic name Athracht
, which is of uncertain meaning. The Latinization was perhaps influenced by attractus
"attracted". This was the name of a 6th-century Irish saint who was known as a healer and miracle worker.
AUSTOL m Cornish
Meaning unknown. It is the name of a 6th century Cornish Saint.
AVEL m Breton
Breton form of ABEL
. In recent times, folk etymology likes to connect this name to Breton avel
AVERICK f Manx
Manx form of AIFRIC
, from Gaelic aith-bhric
meaning "somewhat dappled, speckled". According to 'An Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language' (1896) by Alexander MacBain, the old Gaelic feminine name Affric
belonged to a water nymph in local folklore who gave her name to the river Affric (which itself gave its name to the Scottish glen and loch Affric).
AWEL f Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh awel
AWEN f Breton, Welsh
Directly taken from Welsh and Breton awen
"muse; (poetic) inspiration; poetic gift", ulitmately from the Indo-European root *-uel
"to blow (wind)". As a given name it has been used since the 19th century.
BADB f Irish Mythology, Irish
Means "crow, demon" in early Irish (and may have originally denoted "battle" or "strife"). In Irish myth the Badb was a war goddess who took the form of a crow. She and her sisters, the Morrígan
, were a trinity of war goddesses known collectively as the Morrígna
BAHEE f Manx
Of very uncertain origin and meaning. Folk etymology, however, seems to connect this name to both MARGARET
BÁINE f & m Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Irish Mythology
An Irish name meaning "whiteness, pallor". In Irish Mythology, Báine was a princess, daughter of Tuathal Techtmar, ancestor of the kings of Ireland. "Cailín na Gruaige Báine" and "Bruach na Carraige Báine" are the names of two traditional Irish songs.... [more
BAOIGHEALL m Irish
The meaning of this name is uncertain, but it is thought to be connected to Irish geall
BAOTH m Irish
Perhaps related to BEATHAN
. It coincides with a Gaelic word meaning "vain, reckless, wanton, foolish". Other forms are Baothan
BAOTHGHALACH m Irish
Means "foolishly valorous", from the roots baoth
"foolish, vain" and galach
BEHAN m Irish
name and surname of irish origin that derives from "bee" but means "child".
BERCHAN m Irish, Filipino
A well-known saint of the early Irish church was named Berchan the Prophet of Clonsast in King's Co., but often called Brachan by Metathesis. Often used as a surname.
BLAA f Manx
Derived from Manx blaa
"bloom, flower" (but also "pride, heyday"), this name has been occasionally used as an equivalent of FLORA
BLEIDDUDD m Welsh
Derived from the Proto-Brythonic *blėð
meaning “wolf” and *jʉð
BLEIZ m Breton
Derived from Breton bleiz
"wolf; gray" and thus nowadays commonly considered the Breton equivalent of French LOUP
, this name was in former times also used as a phonetic approximation to Blois
and given in honor of the Blessed Charles of Blois, Duke of Brittany.... [more