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. The village of Advent near Camelford is named after her.
ANNETH f Cornish (?)
From the Cornish word annedh
"home". A fictional bearer is Anneth Sizemore in Silas House's 2001 novel 'Clay's Quilt'.
AUSTOL m Cornish
Meaning unknown. It is the name of a 6th century Cornish Saint.
BREOK m Cornish
Cornish form of Briac
. This name was borne by a Welsh saint who is commemorated in St. Breock.
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".
DEROWEN f Cornish
Means "oak tree" in Cornish. This is a modern Cornish name.
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.
GOGMAGOG m Cornish, Welsh Mythology
In medieval English legend, he is a giant chieftain of Cornwall who was slain by Brutus
’s companion Corineus
. The name is often connected to the biblical characters Gog
however Manley Pope, author of an 1862 English translation of the Welsh chronicle 'Brut y Brenhinedd' (itself a translation of Monmouth's "Historia Regum Britanniae") argued that it was a corruption of Gawr Madoc
(Madoc the Great).
GORON m Cornish
St Goron was a Celtic saint who gave his name to Gorran. The name derives from the Celtic kawaro "hero."
KENVER m Cornish
Old Cornish name derived from British Cunmorus
meaning "great chief"
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
Saint Meriasek is a famous bearer, known through a Cornish language play entitled Buenans Meriasek
. He is known as Meriadeg
in his native Breton.
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
Means "sea maiden" (in effect equal to "mermaid") 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
This name is of uncertain meaning and etymology, however it was used throughout medieval Cornwall. It was also the name of a West Country saint.
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
. According to local legend Saint Senara was originally Princess Azenor of Brest in Lower Brittany, the mother of Saint Budoc... [more]
SOWENA f Cornish
Means "success" in Cornish. This is a recently coined Cornish name.
TALEK m Cornish
Derived from Cornish tal
"brow, forehead" (compare Welsh Taliesin
). (Also, old Cornish talawg
"high forehead" or "big brow" has been suggested.)
TREAVE m Cornish
From a place name derived from Cornish tre
meaning "farmstead, town, dwelling, 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
Means "more modest" in Cornish. This is a recently coined Cornish name, given to 62 girls born in England and Wales in the years 1916-2005.
ZENNOR m & f Cornish (Rare)
Name of a Cornish village derived from the local saint, St Senara. In current use.