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Welsh Baby Names: Which way to go? Cai, Dai or Elvis?

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by Linda Rosenkrantz

If you’re looking for a name that reflects your Welsh roots, or simply find the soft sound of names from Wales appealing, there are several possible ways to go.  You could consider Welsh names that have long been used in the US—some of which have far from obvious roots. Then there those currently popular in Wales which have never made their way through US immigration. And, finally, some other, interesting Welsh names worth considering, including some Welsh versions of classics.

WELSH NAMES WITH US CITIZENSHIP

Girls

Branwen

Bronwen

Enid

Gladys

Gwen, Gwendolen

Gwyneth

Megan

Meredith

Mona

Morgan 

Ria   

Rhona

Rhonwen

Rowena

Winifred

Boys

Arthur

Bevan

Cecil

Dewey

Dylan

Elvis

Ennis

Evan

Floyd

Garth/Gareth

Griffin/Griffith

Llewelyn

Lloyd

Meredith

Mervyn

Morgan

Owen

Price

Rhys

Vaughan

Winston

SOME DISTINCTIVE NAMES CURRENTLY POPULAR IN WALES

Girls (Amelia is Number 1)

Bethan–#84

Carys–#45 (used by Welsh-born Catherine Zeta Jones for her daughter)

Cerys–#75

Ffion–#19

Indie–#97

Lowri–#49 (the Welsh form of Laura)

Mali–#53

Seren–#7

Boys (Jacob is Number 1)

Gethin–#47

Harri–#37

Iestyn–#74 (Welsh form of Justin)

Ieuan–#79

Ioan–#56

Iwan–#91

Osian–#33

Tomos–#39

There is also a wide selection of Welsh names that might be unfamiliar but are totally usable for those of you who want to honor your Welsh heritage without going all the way to Myrdeg or Manawydan.

GIRLS

Anwen

Arwen

Aurona

Branwen

BriallenWelsh for primrose

DerynWelsh for bird

Dilys

EiraWelsh for snow

Eluned

Iola

Iona

Isolde

Mairwen/Mair

Nerys

Nesta

Olwen

Rhiannon

Sian—the Welsh form of Jane

Tegan 

BOYS

Aeron

Alban

Alun

Caione of King Arthur’s faithful companions

Daidiminutive of David/Dafydd

Dathan

Elian

EosWelsh for nightingale

GlynWelsh for valley

Gwynno

IagoJames in Welsh, evil in Othello

Idris

Lleu

Maxen

Nyediminutive of Aneurin

Parry

Taliesin

Taran/Tarian 

Which Welsh names do you like?bab

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