Dylan

Dylan is the name of a sea god on Welsh mythology, the son of Arianrhod. His name derives from Welsh dy (great) and llanw (tide, flow) so it essentially means “great tide” or “great flow”. It’s also a surname derived from the given name. Although traditionally a male name it’s been used for girls in the U.S. Origin: Welsh Variants: Dillan…

Arianrhod

Arianrhod is t he name of a figure in Welsh mythology, the mother of Dylan ail Don and Lleu Llaw Gyffes, whom she conceived through magical means. Her name means “silver wheel” from Welsh arian (silver) and rhod (wheel), which may have hinted at an earlier association as a moon goddess. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Aranrhod (Welsh)  

Llyr

Llyr is the name of the Welsh god of the seas and the father of Manannan, also a sea deity. His name comes from Welsh meaning “sea” and “ocean”. Llyr has also been connected to Lear, as in King Lear from Shakespeare’s play though it seems more likely that it derives from a different source. In Welsh, the…

Elana

Elana is a female given name with several possible origins: it could be a variant spelling of Ilana, which is the feminine form of Ilan, a Hebrew male name meaning “tree”, though it could also be a feminine form of Elon, another Hebrew male name meaning “tree, oak tree”; Elana could also be a variant form of Helena,…

Idris

Idris is a male name with two different origins and meanings: it’s a Welsh name meaning “ardent lord” from Welsh udd (lord, prince) and ris (ardent, enthusiastic, impulsive). In Welsh mythology, Idris Gawr (or Idris the Giant) was a legendary giant and magician who was likely based on a real person in seventh century Wales, and who gave his name…

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,…

Klervi

Klervi is a Breton female name, the Breton form of Welsh Creirwy possibly meaning “token of the egg” or “mundane egg” from Welsh creir (a token, sacred object, jewel, treasure) while the second part -wy might be from Middle Welsh meaning “egg”. In Welsh mythology, Creiry is the daughter of the enchantress Ceridwen. Origin: Welsh Variants: Creiry (Welsh)