Arthurian legends & myths, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Y names


Yvain is the French form of Owain, the name of a knight of the Round Table in Arthurian legend. Yvain is one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and Morgan le Fay. In Yvain, Knight of the Lion he is depicted as seeking revenge for the death of his cousin by the hands of the knight Esclados. Yvain kills him but falls in love with his widow, Laudine. With the help of her maid Lunette, he manages to make her fall in love with him and they get married, but is later convinced by Gawain to embark on an adventure. Laudine agrees to let him go but only if he returns within the year, which he fails to do, so Laudine rejects him yet again, though he eventually manages to win her back again.

Owain is an Old Welsh name of uncertain origin. It could be a Welsh form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” or “noble born” from Ancient Greek elements eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also derives from PIE *ǵénh₁os (race, lineage). Owain may also be the Welsh cognate of Irish Eòghana name of uncertain meaning though possibly meaning “of the yew tree” or “born of the yew tree” though I’ve also seen it as possibly being derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning “youth”. Another possible origin for Eòghan is from Celtic Esugenios meaning “good born” derived from Proto-Celtic *esus (good) derived from PIE *h₁esu- (good, well) and *genos (born, birth) also derived from PIE *ǵénh₁os (race, lineage). 

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Ywain (English)
  • Owain (Welsh)
  • Owen (Welsh, English)


Female forms:

  • Yvaine (English)


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