were used in southwest England in the region around Cornwall.
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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
ANNETH f Cornish (?)
From the Cornish word annedh
"home". A fictional bearer is Anneth Sizemore in Silas House's 2001 novel 'Clay's Quilt'.
ARTHEK m Cornish
Derived from Cornish arth
"bear" (ultimately from Proto-Celtic *arto-
AUSTOL m Cornish
Meaning unknown. It is the name of a 6th century Cornish Saint.
BREOK m Cornish
Cornish form of BRIOC
. This name was borne by a Welsh saint who is commemorated in St. Breock.
BRYLUEN f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from from Old Cornish breilu
"rose" (vocative) combined with the singulative suffix en
. This is a modern Cornish name.
CADAN m Cornish, Welsh
Derived from Welsh and Cornish cad
"battle" and possibly Welsh man
"place" or Welsh nant
"brook, stream". This is also the name of a river in Dyfed, Wales.
CADOR m Arthurian Romance, Cornish
Probably a form of CADEYRN
, perhaps derived from its Cornish cognate. In Arthurian romance this was the name of Guinevere's guardian. According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, Cador was a ruler of Cornwall and the father of Constantine, King Arthur's successor.... [more
CARENZA f Cornish
Variant of KERENSA
, which has been 'used since the early 1970s, but more often in its variant form Karenza
' (Dunkling, 1983). However, the name also occurs in medieval France; it belonged to a woman who composed the last two stanzas of an Occitan poem that begins Na Carenza al bel cors avinen
, meaning "Lady Carenza of the lovely, gracious body".
DERWA f Cornish
Likely derived from Cornish derow
"oak trees" (ultimately from Proto-Celtic *daru
"tree"). Saint Derwa is the patron saint of Menadarva
in Cornish, translating to grave of St Derwa
in English) in the parish of Camborne, Cornwall... [more
ELWEN m Cornish, Welsh, History (Ecclesiastical)
Saint Elwen was an early saint venerated in Cornwall and Brittany. A chapel at Porthleven in Sithney parish, Cornwall, dedicated to Elwen, existed from the 13th century until 1549, and in Brittany several sites and placenames are associated with possibly related figures.
EMBLYN f Cornish, Medieval English
Late medieval English variant of EMMELINE
. Common in the 16th and 17th centuries, this name eventually died out in England in the 19th century, though it survived in Cornwall.
ENDELLION f English (Rare), Cornish
English form of ENDELIENTA
. Known bearers include English artist Endellion Lycett Green (1969-) and Florence Rose Endellion Cameron (2010-), British Prime Minister David Cameron's fourth child, whose second middle name was given in honour of the Cornish village of St Endellion.
GORON m Cornish
Said to be derived from Proto-Celtic *kawaro-
"hero, champion" (compare Breton kaour
, Welsh cawr
"giant, champion"). Saint Goron or Goronus is the patron saint of St Goran
, a coastal parish in Cornwall.
KERRA f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish kerra
"dearer" (the comparative form of ker
"dear, precious"). This is a modern Cornish name.
LAMORNA f Cornish, English (British, Rare)
From a Cornish place name of uncertain meaning, perhaps from lann
"area around a church" combined with a contracted form of morlanow
"high tide". It appears in the title of the folk song 'Way Down to Lamorna', as well as W. H. Davies' poem 'Lamorna Cove' (1929).
LOCRYN m Cornish
Possibly from Lloegyr
, the medieval Welsh name for a region of southeastern Britain, which is of unknown meaning. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, the historical realm (which he Latinized as Loegria) was named after Locrinus
, the eldest son of Brutus of Troy and INNOGEN
LOUDEY f Medieval English, Cornish
Medieval form of LEOFDÆG
. Although in most of England it died out after the Middle Ages, this name survived in Cornwall, especially in the form Lowdie
MERIASEK m Cornish
Conrish form of MERIADEG
. Saint Meriasek was a 4th-century Breton saint. The legends of his life are known through Beunans Meriasek
, a Cornish language play known from a single surviving manuscript copy dated 1504, and a few other sources... [more
MERRIN f & m Cornish
Although the exact origin and meaning of this name are unknown, many modern-day academics believe this name to be the (possibly Anglicized) Cornish form of MORIEN
METHEVEN f Cornish
Means "June" in Cornish (literally "midsummer"). This is a recently coined Cornish name.
MINIVER f Cornish, Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Anglicized form of Menfre
, which is of unknown meaning. Saint Menfre, born c.471, was one of the many holy daughters of King Brychan Brycheiniog. 'St. Menfre appears to have been active in Wales, around Minwear, near Haverfordwest, in Dyfed but, later, left her native land in order to evangelise the Cornish.' The early use of the name was in Cornwall where it appears to be a regional form of GUINEVERE
MORVOREN f Cornish (Modern, Rare)
Derived from Cornish morvoren
"mermaid" (ultimately from Cornish mor
"sea" and moren
"maiden"). This was the bardic name or pseudonym of a member of the Gorsedh Kernow (Katherine Lee Jenner, 1904)... [more
NECTAN m Cornish
Of uncertain origin and meaning. One theory suggests, however, that this name might be derived from Proto-Celtic *nixto-
RUAN m Cornish
Of uncertain origin and meaning. Saint Ruan was probably a brother of Saint Tudwal
of Tréguier, but little else is known of him beyond that he was probably an Irish missionary and many churches in Devon and Cornwall in England were named after him... [more
RYOL m Cornish
Possibly derives from rigalis
and thusly mean "king". It is the name of the king in the Cornish drama Bewnans Meryasek.
SENARA f Cornish
From the name of the patron saint of Zennor, a village in Cornwall, which is of obscure origin. Conceivably it may be derived from the Breton name AZENOR
or the old Celtic SENOVARA
SOWENA f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish sowena
"success, prosperity, welfare". This is a recently coined Cornish name.
TALEK m Cornish
Derived from Cornish talek
"big-browed", ultimately from Old Cornish talawg
"high forehead" or "big brow".
TALWYN f Cornish (Modern)
Derived from Cornish tal
"brow; forehead; temple" and gwynn
"fair; white; blessed". This is a modern Cornish name.
TAMARA f Cornish, Celtic Mythology
In Cornish folklore, Tamara is a nymph who lived in the underworld and wanted to wander freely in the mortal world, against the advice of her parents. When she falls in love with the giant Tawradge
, she refuses to return to the underworld with her father... [more
TREEVE m Cornish
Derived from Cornish tre
"farmstead, dwelling, town, village, home".
TREMAINE m & f African American, Cornish
Historically a Cornish surname meaning "stone settlement", derived from the Cornish 'tre', meaning a homestead or settlement, and 'men', meaning stone. ... [more
TRUETH f Cornish
Means "compassion" in Cornish. This is a recently coined Cornish name.
VENNOR m Cornish
Middle name of Captain Ross Poldark, the main character in the historical television series Poldark. Ross Vennor Poldark is his full name on the BBC show.
VERYAN m Cornish
From the name of a Cornish town, which is taken from Sen Veryan
meaning "Saint Veryan", a Cornish corruption of Severian
, itself a corrupted form of SYMPHORIAN
(the saint to whom the village church is dedicated).
YSELLA f Cornish
Derived from Cornish ysel
"modest". This is a recently coined Cornish name.
ZENNOR m & f Cornish (Rare)
Name of a Cornish village derived from the local saint, St Senara. In current use.