Welsh Names Celebrate St David’s Day
You probably know people with Welsh names already, whether or not you realize it. Even as a name lover and paid-up Cymrophile, it takes me a moment to remember that familiar names that have traveled the globe — like Arthur, Owen, Megan and Meredith — all began their journeys in Wales.
We’ve picked 30 Welsh names that are (mostly) less popular in the wider world, covering styles from nature names to surnames to ancient legend, which are straightforward to spell and pronounce. (Though if you prefer the likes of Gruffudd and Lleucu, all power to you!)
Welsh Top 100 Names
Searching for a name that’s popular in nurseries from Cardiff to Caernarfon? All these names were in the Top 100 for Wales in 2018.
Mabli — Mabel is sweet and melodic, and this version even more so.
Authentic and Accessible
These names from lower down the charts are established classics in Wales, familiar but not trendy.
Emrys — Steeped in Arthurian legend, this is one of the softest of boy names.
Idris — This name belongs to a legendary giant, and — by pure coincidence — is the ultimate Welsh-Arabic crossover.
Taran — With the meaning “thunder”, Taran is as powerful as Thor, but more subtle and even rarer.
Most Welsh surnames are patronymics, derived from fathers’ names. This means that they can be an original way to honor someone, or just a fresh spin on old classics. Here are some that work particularly well as first names.
Lloyd — meaning “gray”.
Vaughn — meaning “small”.
Which of these Welsh names do you like best? Let us know in the comments!
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Pamela Redmond Said
on February 26th, 2020 at 10:32 am
I love Eleri, Macsen, and Taran and can totally see them crossing over.
on February 26th, 2020 at 6:29 pm
I like Rhys, Alys, Bethan, and Seren.
on February 27th, 2020 at 1:05 am
Seren is beautiful! I feel like it could work for a boy or a girl!
on February 27th, 2020 at 8:35 pm
My fave Welsh name is my name-Glenys!
on March 3rd, 2020 at 8:42 pm
My son’s middle name is Vaughn 🙂
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