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Rhian

Rhian (pr. ree-an) is a Welsh female name meaning “maiden” from Welsh rhiain which derives from Proto-Celtic *rīganī- (queen). It could also be used as a short form of Rhiannon meaning “great queen” from Celtic Rigantona. In Welsh mythology, Rhiannon is a major figure in the Mabinogion and has been associated with the Gaulish goddess of horses, Epona. Rhian is also a Welsh male name, a variant form of Ryan derived from Proto-Celtic *rīxs meaning “king” from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning “to straighten, to right oneself”.

Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Rhianu (Welsh)
  • Rhiannon (Welsh)

 

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