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Gender: Female Meaning of Branwen: "blessed raven" Origin of Branwen: Celtic

The name Branwen is a girl's name of Celtic origin meaning "blessed raven". Branwen and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name bank- 6 girls".

From the experts:

This is an attractive Celtic mythological name, popular in Wales and a cousin of the better known Bronwyn. In Welsh mythology, Branwen was turned into a bird.

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Famous People Named Branwen

Branwen Gwyn, Welsh TV presenter

Pop Culture References for the name Branwen

Branwen, beautiful daughter of Llyr in the medieval Welsh "Mabinogi," married the King of Ireland
Branwen Maddox O'Keefe, mother of Calvin O'Keefe in Madeleine L'Engle's book "A Swiftly Tilting Planet"
Branwen Roberts, main character in 1995 Welsh film "Branwen"
Raven Branwen, sister to Qrow Branwen in Roosterteeth's "RWBY"



Bridey Says:


The version with an a is actually the older form of the name. In Welsh, Bran and Bron don't sound all that different (and wyn is a masculine ending, while wen is feminine).

Leah_ Says:


This is just awful. I can't imagine growing up with this name!

Kinyonga Says:


Branwen was not transformed into a bird in Welsh myth. She tamed a starling, but she wasn't turned into one. Blodeuwedd, on the other hand, was turned into an owl as a punishment for her infidelity to Lleu.

Zelliew Says:


It feels like a typo when you first see it because an "o" has been replaced by an "a"

fuzzycub Says:


I prefer Brancereal... for breakfast.

jordalini Says:


I LOVE this name, I love the strong feel, and feel that it is less masculine then Bronwen. Could call her Annie, which is super cute. Branwen is my favorite.

MaryKathryn Says:


This just sounds like a southern accent mispronunciation of Bronwen/Bronwyn

LadyVanRaven Says:


My friends call me this as a nickname (because it means blessed raven and the raven is my Celtic animal plus I have some Welsh heritage). I enjoy being called Branwen, especially since there is the connection with the Welsh Goddess of the same name. Only thing is some of my friends have said that it sounds a bit masculine (which I don't agree with). I GREATLY prefer this over Bronwen/Bronwyn.