Gender: Female Meaning of Bronwen: "white breast" Origin of Bronwen: Welsh

Bronwen Origin and Meaning

The name Bronwen is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white breast".

Bronwen is widespread in Wales, but still rare enough here to sound somewhat exotic – we think Bronwen is a real winner. (Note: the Bronwyn spelling is an Anglicization, since the -wyn ending is masculine in Welsh).

Bronwen Morgan is the lovely heroine of the classic novel and movie How Green Was My Valley. In Welsh mythology, Bronwen was the daughter of Llyr, the god of the sea.

Close cousin Branwen appears in Welsh medieval literature as a tragic figure who was turned into a bird. The ancient Welsh worshipped her as goddess of the moon and love.

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ashbee Says:


Not sure, but isn't "white breast" symbolic of a pure heart in mythology? Just think of Bronwen as meaning "pure heart", which is lovely.

Alicia1 Says:


When I first saw this name, I did not like it. Now after seeing it, I do like the name. The meaning, not so much!

nj713 Says:


I knew a girl named Bronwen, middle initial J. Name meaning white breast, and initials BJ. She was pretty unimpressed with her parents.

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


I absolutely LOVE Welsh names and this one is close to the top of my girl's list. I love the name on its own but it offers great nickname options like Wendy and Wenny!

jojobabyberry Says:


I think I'm liking it.

vintageluvs Says:


I know someone named Bronwen nn Windy. The only awkward thing about this name is that when everyone is looking up the meaning of their name (and believe me, everyone does this eventually in elementary school), your child Bronwen will discover her name means "white breast." Not that there's anything wrong with that. Love the name, but I'm not too thrilled about the meaning.

Guest Says:


This name is rubbing off on me. I'm starting to love it