Welsh Names for Girls

Welsh names for girls have long punched far above their weight, gaining recognition and use far beyond Wales to Great Britain and the world.
Given how few people live in Wales, and how obscure the Welsh language is, Welsh girls' names like Gwyneth, Rhonda and Bronwen are huge overachievers.Why have Welsh names for girls had such success?They blend the exotic and the familiar in a way that's appealing.The Welsh girls' name Arwen achieved widespread fame via the Lord of the Rings books and movies, inspiring a taste for the traditionally-Welsh wen-ending names.

Browse through our list of Welsh names for girls for many more choices.The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 Baby Names and are ordered by popularity.Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.
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Top Welsh Names for Girls

  • Reese

    The sassy, steel magnolia appeal of Oscar-winning Reese (born Laura Jeanne—Reese is her mother's maiden name) Witherspoon has single-handedly propelled this formerly Read More 

  • Morgan

    Morgan has long been a traditional Welsh male name, a variant of the Old Welsh name Morcant, from the Welsh elements mor, meaning “sea” and cant, “circle.” The female Morgan is... Read More 

  • Brynn

    Brynn outshines the original Welsh Bryn in the popularity stakes. This simple, brisk name might be seen as a combination of Bree and Lynn, an androgynous-sounding choice that especially in this... Read More 

  • Gracelynn

    We recommend you leave it at Grace, but it's hard to downplay the rise of -Lynn names in recent years.Read More 

  • Gwendolyn

    One spelling variation that's more popular than the original, this somewhat old-fashioned name might be in honor of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer prize for... Read More 

  • Dylan

    Boys' favorite retains more of its poetic, windswept quality when used for a girl, as Robin Wright and Sean Penn did. Alyssa Milano gave her daughter Elizabella Dylan as a middle name. Read More 

  • Jenna

    Jenna was first noted on the 1980s TV series Dallas, later associated with one of the First Twin Daughters. Jenna is still being used, but no longer feels much fresher than Jennifer. You... Read More 

  • Meredith

    Meredith is a soft, gentle-sounding name with subtle Welsh roots. Although originally a boys’ name , Meredith is used mainly for girls now. ... Read More 

  • Megan

    Megan originally evolved from Meg, which itself derived as a nickname for Margaret. Margaret ultimately comes from the Greek word margarites, meaning “pearl.” Megan is no longer a common... Read More 

  • Ellis

    Ellis, a surname used sparingly as a first in the Wallace/Morris period, sounds new now for girls, as an ambisexual alternative to Ella. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015.

    Ellis Bell... Read More