Llewellyn

Llewelyn comes from Welsh Llywelyn, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be the Welsh form of Celtic Lugubelenus, a combination of two names: Lugus and Belenus; Lugus is a Celtic god of commerce and craftsmanship who was equated with the Roman god Mercury. Though the exact origin of his name is unknown, it has been linked to Proto-Indo-European … Continue reading Llewellyn

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Tegan

Tegan is a Welsh female name derived from teg meaning "fair, beautiful" with the diminutive suffix -an. Tegan is also a word in modern Welsh meaning "toy". I believe Tegan is pronounced teg-an in Welsh though it's often pronouncced tee-gan in English. Origin: Welsh Variants: Teegan (English) Teagan (English, Welsh)- it's also an Irish male name meaning "little Teague"  

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 … Continue reading Idris

Carey

Carey is an English unisex name, derived from Irish surname Ó Ciardha meaning "descendant of Ciardha", the latter a given name derived from Irish ciar meaning "black" though it may also be derived from Welsh caer meaning "fort, castle", making it a variant form of Carew meaning "fort on the hill". Carey may also be derived from Irish car (love) which comes from Proto-Celtic *kareti (to … Continue reading Carey

Gwenllian

Gwenllian is a Welsh female name made up from Welsh elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and llian (flaxen) so the name means "white flaxen" or "fair flaxen", perhaps originally used to refer to someone who was fair-haired, since flaxen was originally used to refer to someone who had blond hair. In Welsh, the double ll is pronoucned like a shl so the … Continue reading Gwenllian

Wendy

Wendy is often associated with J.M. Barrie's 1904 play (and later novel) Peter Pan and while he is credited with inventing the name, having coined it from a child's expression "fwendy-wendy", the name actually had some use prior to Barrie's play. It may have originally derived as a nickname for Gwendolen meaning "white ring" or "white brow" from Welsh … Continue reading Wendy

Myfanwy

Myfanwy is a Welsh female name meaning "my woman" made up from my (my) and banw (woman), though I've also seen the second element as possibly being from derived from Welsh annwyl meaning "dear, beloved", so the name may also mean "my beloved", or from Old Welsh manwy meaning "fine, delicate, rare". The name is pronounced ma-van-wee or muhv-an-wee (Forvo). In Welsh, the f is pronounced like … Continue reading Myfanwy

Winnifred

Winnifred is a variant spelling of Winifred, the anglicized form of Gwenfrewi, a Welsh female name meaning "blessed peace" or "fair peace" from Welsh elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and frewi (peace, reconciliation). It may also be related to Winfred, an Old English male name meaning "peaceful friend" or "friend of peace" from wine (friend) and frid (peace). Nicknames: Winnie, Win, Fred, Freddie/Freddy Origin: Welsh … Continue reading Winnifred

Gavin

Gavin is a medieval form of Gawain, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be derived from Welsh Gwalchgwyn meaning "white hawk" from Old Welsh elements gwalch (hawk) and gwyn (white). Another possible origin for the name is from Welsh Gwalchmei meaning  "hawk of May" from Old Welsh gwalch (hawk) and mei (May). The name may also be derived from an early Brittonic name, *Ualcos Magesos meaning "hawk of … Continue reading Gavin