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

Branwen Origin and Meaning

The name Branwen is a girl's name of Celtic origin meaning "blessed raven".

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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Honeynames Says:


Same my mother is called Branwen and hardly anyone mispronounces it (we’re from South Wales) and we always make a joke out of the bran flakes thing because that’s her favourite cereal

LadyMacbethWho??? Says:


I’m welsh and a fluent speaker and read and broken down I think it means white raven not blessed raven but I can see where the connection is, like Gwendolyn means white or blessed ring/circle. And the Wen/Gwen bit is the same. Overall a lovely name and it’s awful that people only see it as a misspelling of bronwen, which is much less pleasing as it means white chest or breast, which is just a bit, you know :/ and for the person who said it was awful and they couldn’t imagine growing up with this name I know a girl, a good friend of mine, who has this name and it suits her perfectly. Not many people miss pronounce it either. Also to the bran flakes person, it’s unrelated. And to prove the bran bit really isn’t a joke or stupid, there’s a place in Wales called Dinas Bran which literally means Raven city or kingdom. Kinda cool, kinda not like cereal

ImHereToNameMyOCs Says:


I approve.

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It feels like a typo when you first see it because an "o" has been replaced by an "a"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