"white breast"

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 international — 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 the goddess of the moon and love.

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Famous People Named Bronwen

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Bronwen in Pop Culture

  • Bronwen "Stormy" Llewellyncharacter in Dean Koontz's "Odd Thomas"

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