Welsh Names

Male Names
  • Arthur (Gaelic) - Possibly "bear" or "stone" [English speaking countries]

    Arthur is a name that probably dates back as far as pre-Roman times in Britain. It is possibly derived from the Celtic "artos" (bear), the Irish Gaelic "art" (stone), or the Welsh term "arth gwyr," or "bear man." Its modern form may be based partly on t

  • Bowen (Welsh) - Son of Owen [English and Welsh speaking countries]
  • Cecil (Latin) - Blind [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Cecil is either a deriviation of the Roman family name Caecilius, or from the Welsh word 'seissylt' (sixth), given to the sixth child.

  • Cian (Gaelic) - Ancient [English speaking countries]
  • Dillon (Welsh) - N/A [English speaking countries]
  • Dylan (Welsh) - N/A [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Of uncertain origin, but its meaning is probably connected to the word for 'sea'. In Welsh mythology Dylan was a god of the sea and the son of Gwyddion and Arianrhod. He was accidentally killed by his uncle, a Smith God called Govannon. The Welsh poet Dyl

  • Elian (Hebrew) - The Lord is my God; God is family [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Could also be a variant on Elijah or Eliam. The name of an early Welsh saint.

  • Evan (Hebrew) - God is gracious [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Evan is considered to be Welsh and is, like Ieunan, a form of John and means "God is gracious". Evan and Even are used also in Britanny where they are linked to John the Baptist. These forms overlap in Ireland and Scotland with forms of Eoghan, which are

  • Gareth (Welsh) - Uncertain, perhaps gentle [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    A Welsh name that most likely comes from the word gwaredd, meaning gentle. In legend he was the nephew of King Arthur and a knight of the Round Table.

  • Gavin (Welsh) - White hawk of battle [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Gavin is a form of Gawain. Gawain was one of King Arthur's knights of the Round Table.

  • Luc (Greek) - Man from Lucania [English, French and Welsh speaking countries]
  • Luke (Greek) - Man from Lucania [English speaking countries]

    St Luke was the author of the Biblical books of Luke and of the Acts of the Apostles. He is traditionally seen as being a physician or a doctor.

    Luke was ranked as the 17th most popular boy's name in the UK in 2006, but was rated 43rd in t

  • Maddox (Welsh) - Good; generous [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Surname derived from the Welsh personal name Madoc.
    Related to the other Welsh surname Maddock.

  • Marc (Latin) - From the god Mars [English, French and Welsh speaking countries]

    From Latin Marcus; French form of Mark.
    This form is also now quite popular in the English-speaking world.

  • Marvin (Welsh) - Uncertain, possibly eminent marrow [English speaking countries]

    Marvin is generally considered a Medieval variant of Mervyn, resulting from the regular Middle English change of 'er' to 'ar'.

    It could also be derived from the Welsh Myrddyn, meaning "sea fort". In this case Marvin is related to Merlin, as

  • Mathew (Hebrew) - Gift of God [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Variant of Matthew.

  • Owen (Gaelic) - Well born, yew born [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    The Welsh name Owen, modern form of Owain, is generally considered to derive from Latin Eugenius "well-born". The Irish name Eoghan may also appear anglicized as Owen but has a different origin.

    Owen Tudor was the grandfather of English kin

  • Percy (French) - Pierce valley [English speaking countries]

    From medieval times this was a nickname for Piers or Percival. It is also a surname ultimately derived from the Gallo-Roman name Persius.

  • Reece (Welsh) - Enthusiasm [English speaking countries]
  • Rhys (Welsh) - Enthusiasm [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    There were two Welsh rulers of note in medieval times named Rhys - Rhys ap Tewdwr and his grandson Rhys ap Gruffyd. The name is also borne by Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.

    It is a very popular name in Wales - #5 there in 2006.

  • Samuel (Hebrew) - His name is God [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    In the Old Testament, Samuel was the son of Hannah, a prophet and a judge who anointed Saul as the first king of Israel. Samuel was the 25th most popular boy's name in the US in 2006 and the 8th most popular in the UK.

  • Taran (Indian) - Heaven; raft [English, Hindi and Welsh speaking countries]
  • Trystan (Gaelic) - Tumult [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    The Welsh spelling of Tristan.

  • Vaughan (Welsh) - Small [English and Welsh speaking countries]
  • Vaughn (Welsh) - Small [English and Welsh speaking countries]
Female Names
  • Alexandra (Greek) - Defending men [Czech, Dutch, English, German, Greek, Hungarian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak and Russian speaking countries]

    There have been various Alexandras in royalty: Alexandra of Hesse was the wife of Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, Alexandra of Denmark was the wife of British King Edward VIII and Princess Alexandra is a cousin of British Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Allison (Germanic) - Noble kind; of the noble sort [English and French speaking countries]

    Variant of Alison, a Norman French diminutive of Alice.

    Since 1963 in the US, Allison has been more popular than Alison.

    The name is borne by news anchor Allison Stewart, Canadian singer Allison Crowe, and actresses Allison M

  • Arwen (Welsh) - Fair, fine [English and Welsh speaking countries]
  • Bethan (Hebrew) - God is my solemn vow [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Welsh short form of Elizabeth.

  • Brenna (Welsh) - Hill [English speaking countries]

    Brenna's origins and meanings are still very much up for debate, but the Welsh origin seems the most likely.

  • Carys (Welsh) - Love [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    From the Welsh 'câr' (love).

  • Elaine (Greek) - Torch; bright light [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Old French form of Greek Helen. Revived in Britain at the end of the 19th century and very popular in the 1950s, especially in Scotland.

    In Arthurian legend, Elaine is a name shared by several different female characters, including King Art

  • Glenda (Welsh) - Clean and good [English and Welsh speaking countries]
  • Gwyneth (Welsh) - White, fair [English speaking countries]

    English translation of the Welsh Gwynedd. Made popular in modern times by its association with American actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

  • Lillian (Hebrew) - My God is a vow [English and Hebrew speaking countries]

    Lillian Bounds was the wife of animator Walt Disney. Lillian Gish and Lillian Roth were American actresses, and Lillian Hellman was a playwright. The name was most popular around 1900, and these four examples of bearers of the name Lillian were all born w

  • Mai (Chinese) - Ocean or elegance [English, Japanese, Vietnamese and Welsh speaking countries]

    The Vietnamese meaning is disputed. There the female name refers to a plant popular for Tet - either a yellow flower or the cherry blossom. As a Japanese female name, Mai may be written with the character for dance.

  • Mari (Hebrew) - Uncertain, maybe bitter [English, Japanese and Welsh speaking countries]

    As a Japanese name, Mari may be written with the characters for "truth" (ma) and "reason; truth" (ri). Other possibilities include "ten thousand" or "flax" for 'ma' and "hometown; village" (ri).

    Mari is a nickname for the Russian name Mariy

  • Megan (Greek) - Pearl [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Megan is a Welsh diminutive form of Margaret, from Greek 'margaron', "pearl", and thus means "little pearl".

    The form may have been borrowed from, or given rise to such abbreviated forms as Meg, Maggie and Mags.

    In USA, Megan

  • Meghan (Greek) - Pearl [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Variant of Megan.

  • Owena (Gaelic) - Well born, yew born [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Of modern coinage, a feminine counterpart for Owen.

  • Rebeca (Hebrew) - To tie [English, Portuguese, Spanish and Welsh speaking countries]
  • Rhiannon (Welsh) - Nymph [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Rhiannon is the goddess of horses in Welsh mythology. Rhiannon is also the title of a Fleetwood Mac song.

  • Rhonda (Greek) - Rose; woman from Rhodes [English speaking countries]

    A modern coinage formed by blending the name Rhoda and Rhona. However, it is often taken as a Welsh name - 'rhon' (pike, lance) + 'da' (good).

  • Victoria (Latin) - Conqueror; victory [English, Romanian and Spanish speaking countries]

    Victoria was the Roman goddess of victory, the equivalent of the Greek Nike.

    A notable bearer of this name is Queen Victoria who reigned between 1819 - 1901 and is the longest reigning British monarch. Victoria was not a common name when Qu

Gender Neutral Names
  • Cain (Hebrew) - A spear [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Cain has four separate origins. From the Hebrew, it means 'a spear'. In Jewish, Christian and Islamic tradition, Cain was the world's first murderer. In Welsh Cain is a feminine name meaning 'beautiful' or 'fair' (this usage is completely unrelated to the

  • Ellis (Hebrew) - My God is the Lord [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Transferred use of the surname originating from the personal name Elis.
    Since recent times considered as an Anglicized form of the Welsh name Elisud though still more widely seen as a Middle English variant of Elias, or a derivation of Elisha.

  • Hailey (English) - Hay clearing or hay woods [English speaking countries]

    A common spelling of this name, it is found mostly on females. It was the 25th most popular name in the US in terms of spelling. If you go by sound and combine all the HAY lee pronunciations together (eg Hailey, Hayley, Haley, Hayleigh etc.) then Hailey (

  • Kendal (Gaelic) - Valley of the River Kent [English speaking countries]

    From the place name Kendal in Cumbria, recorded in 1095 as Kircabikendala ‘village with a church in the valley of the Kent river’.
    It is also an Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Cynddelw, which was borne by a famous 12th-century Welsh poe

  • Kendall (Gaelic) - Valley of the River Kent [English speaking countries]

    Surname from the place name Kendal in Cumbria, recorded in 1095 as Kircabikendala ‘village with a church in the valley of the Kent river’.
    It is also an Anglicized form of the Welsh personal name Cynddelw, which was borne by a famous 12th-century W

  • Kira (Gaelic) - Dark [English and Japanese speaking countries]

    As a female name, Kira is a variant of the name Ciara, from the Gaelic meaning "dark".

    As a Japanese male name, Kira may be written with the character for "glitter; gleam; twinkle".

    As a Russian name Kira is taken from the fe

  • Leslie (Gaelic) - Holly Garden [English speaking countries]

    From the Gaelic surname for the lands of Lesslyn in Aberdeenshire, the words "leas cuilinn" meaning garden of hollies.

    Leslie was the birth name of the 38th President Gerald R. Ford. President Ford was adopted as a baby.

  • Meredith (Welsh) - Great lord [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    Meredith comes from the old Welsh male name Mareludd, which probably means 'great lord'. The second element '-iudd' means 'lord'; the first element probably means 'great', or maybe 'sea'. In recent years the name has been given to girls. In Welsh pronunci

  • Morgan (Welsh) - Uncertain, perhaps bright sea [English and Welsh speaking countries]

    From the Old Welsh masculine name Morcant, which is derived from Welsh mor (sea) or mawr (great), and can (bright, white) or cant (circle, completion).
    This name is common as a surname in both Wales and Ireland and is becoming increasingly popular

  • Reese (Welsh) - Enthusiasm [English speaking countries]

    A respelling of the masculine Rhys, Reese is commonly used on girls in the United States. "Reese" is also the brand of a very famous peanut-butter candy in the U.S.

    Reese Witherspoon is a popular American actress who has influenced the usa

  • Wynne (English) - Friend [English and Welsh speaking countries]