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Gender: M Pronunciation: lhu-WEL-een Origin of Llywelyn: Welsh, 'leader's image'

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This is the original form of the ancient name also spelled Llewelyn. In ancient Wales, it was borne by two princes who for a time united their countrymen in North Wales and led opposition to the power of the Norman barons in the south. Llywelyn ap Iorwerth was the greatest of the Welsh rulers of the Middle Ages. This is a popular patriotic name, with nicknames Llelo and Llew, which is also Welsh for 'lion.'

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Not actually a variation of Llewellyn, but the other way around. Llywelyn is the original Welsh spelling, born by the 12th Century Welsh Prince Llywelyn ap Iornweth, Llewellyn is the Anglicisation of it.