AerfenfWelsh Mythology Welsh form of Aerten, the name of a Brythonic goddess of fate. Aerten is derived from Proto-Celtic *agro- "carnage, slaughter" (cf. Agrona) and *tan-nu "to broaden, to spread" or *ten-n-d-o- "to break, to cut"... [more]
AfagddumWelsh Mythology Derived from Welsh y fagddu meaning "utter darkness". In Welsh legends this was originally a nickname belonging to the Arthurian warrior Morfran, who was so ugly and hairy that when he fought at the battle of Camlann, none of the other warriors struck him because they thought he was a devil; later legends transferred the character's ugliness and nickname to a brother, Afagddu.
AfallachmWelsh Mythology Probably derived from Middle Welsh afall "apple". This may be cognate with Abelio or Abellio, the name of a Gaulish god, which is thought to come from Proto-Celtic *aballo- "apple" (also the source of the mythical place name Avalon)... [more]
AmaethonmWelsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance Derived from the Brittonic name *Ambaχtonos meaning "divine ploughman" or "ploughman-god". This was the name of the Welsh god of agriculture. In the late 11th-century legend of Culhwch and Olwen, Amathaon appeared as an Arthurian warrior; "as one of his tasks, Culhwch had to convince Amathaon to plow the lands of the giant Ysbaddaden."
AmloddmWelsh (Rare), Welsh Mythology Variant of Amlawdd, derived from the Welsh intensifying prefix an-/am- and llawdd "praise". In Welsh myth he is the father of Eigyr (Igraine) and therefore the grandfather of King Arthur... [more]
ClydaifWelsh Mythology The name of a Welsh saint of the 5th century, the reputed foundress of a church named Clydai, in Emlyn.
CreiddyladfWelsh Mythology From Creudylad or Creurdilad, which is probably from Welsh craidd "heart", or creu "to create, engender", or creir "a token, jewel, sacred object", combined with dylad, an ancient word for water (or possibly dyled "debt")... [more]
CreirwyfWelsh, Welsh Mythology Means "token of the egg", and in effect "mundane egg", from Welsh creir "a token, jewel, sacred object" and wy "egg". In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she was a daughter of Ceridwen and one of the three most beautiful maids of the Isle of Britain... [more]
DwynwenfWelsh, Welsh Mythology Possibly from the name of the Celtic god of love, Dwyn combined with the Welsh element gwyn "blessed, white, fair"; or derived from Welsh dwyn "to lead (a life)", in which case it means "to a lead a blessed life"... [more]
EfnisienmWelsh Mythology From the welsh efnys, meaning "hostile, enemy". This name was borne by the son of Llyr's wife Penarddun by Euroswydd, who eventually causes the fall of Ireland when his half-sister Branwen is married off to the Irish king Matholwch without his permission.
ElidyrmWelsh, Welsh Mythology Variant of Elidir (see Elidur). This form appears in the legend of 'Culhwch and Olwen' belonging to one of Arthur's knights: Elidyr Gyvarwydd.
ElphinmWelsh Mythology Possibly a Welsh cognate of the Gaelic name Ailpein (see Alpin). In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, he was one of Arthur's warriors, the son of Gwyddno Long Shanks... [more]
EurgainfWelsh, Welsh Mythology Derived from Welsh aur "gold" (penult form eur) and cain "fair; fine; elegant". In Welsh mythology, Eurgain is noted as the first female saint and daughter of Caratacus (see Caradog) in the History of Dunraven Manuscript, a manuscript giving the genealogy of Taliesin.
GwenwledyrfWelsh Mythology The first element is Welsh gwen "fair, white, blessed"; the second element, gwledyr, is uncertain. In the tale of Culhwch and Olwen (which appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth), Gwenwledyr was a lady who lived at Arthur's court, the daughter of Gwawrddur the Hunchback and sister of three of Arthur's warriors: Duach, Brathach and Nerthach.
GwernmWelsh Mythology Derived from Welsh gwern "alder tree". Gwern is a minor figure in Welsh tradition. He is the son of Matholwch, king of Ireland, and Branwen, sister to the king of Britain... [more]
GwionmWelsh Mythology, Welsh Possibly related to the Welsh element gwyn meaning "fair, blessed". This was the original name of Taliesin, a legendary bard, before he was cast into the "cauldron of knowledge", after which he became Taliesin, bard and seer.
GwrimWelsh Mythology Probably derived from Proto-Celtic *wiro- "man" (the source of modern Welsh gŵr "man, husband"). In the 'Mabinogion', this was the name given by Teyrnon to the infant Pryderi.
JolïetefWelsh Mythology Possibly from Old French joli, jolif "pretty, cute, smart, joyful". According to Gerbert de Montreuil's 'Fourth Continuation' of Chrétien’s Perceval (c. 1230), this was the name of a maidservant of Bloiesine, Gawain’s lover.
MiniverfCornish, 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... [more]
ModronfWelsh Mythology From Matrona, the name of a Gaulish mother goddess, which derives from the Indo-European root *mater meaning "mother". In Welsh legend she was the mother of Mabon the Enchanter; the pair's names, Modron and Mabon, derive from roots meaning "mother" and "son", "with the suffix on typically found in divine or semi-divine names." Several scholars point to her as the origin of Morgan le Fay; she may also serve as the prototype of the Lady of the Lake.
NinnianefLiterature, Welsh Mythology Meaning unknown, possibly of Celtic origin (perhaps related to Ninian). This is the name of the Lady of the Lake in the Old French Vulgate 'Lancelot' and the continuation to the Vulgate 'Merlin', known as the 'Suite du Merlin'... [more]
PenarddunfWelsh Mythology Means "chief beauty" or "most fair", derived from the Welsh elements pen "head, chief, foremost" and arddun "fair, beautiful". In Welsh mythology she was a wife of the sea-god Llyr.
PennmEnglish, Welsh Mythology Means "head, top" in Welsh. This was the name of two characters in Welsh legend. It can also come from the English surname which was from a place name meaning "hill" in Old English.
RhagnellfWelsh Mythology The name of a Mythical Welsh Princess, Blodeuwedd's Maid, Who is spoken of in most stories of Blodeuwedd as her Loyal and Faithfull Friend in Blodeuwedd's Lonely World.