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It feels like a typo when you first see it because an "o" has been replaced by an "a"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