Welsh Baby Names: Unusual and Traditional
Wales has a rich heritage and culture, quite distinct from its larger English neighbour. The Welsh language still flourishes, despite centuries of English rule, and the lilting cadences of the spoken word are in themselves lyrical. Welsh names also have a tendency to sound musical and romantic, which makes them the ideal choice for a new baby. Whether you are looking for a beautiful name for a girl or a bold name for a boy, Wales can offer you a fine choice.
Here is a selection of Welsh baby names together with their meanings.
Welsh Baby Names for Girls
This is a good choice for a fair haired baby, since it means "fair brow". It is pronounced "EL-wen".
Alis means "noble".
Bethan is a Welsh form of Elizabeth, meaning "God is my oath".
Still a popular name, Carys means "loved one" whilst Cerys means "love". Both names are derived from the Welsh word "caru" which is love.
Cerys Matthews is a Welsh singer/songwriter who first made her name as lead singer with the band Catatonia, and has now started to record in both English and Welsh.
This is the Welsh version of Christine, and has the meaning "follower of Christ".
Eilir, or Ilir, is pronounced "AY-lir" and means "butterfly".
A beautiful name for a winter baby girl. Eirlys means "snowflake" or "snowdrop". Eirylys Bellin is a Welsh actress/comedian who has won critical acclaim.
The Welsh version of Helen.
The old Welsh word for Ireland.
Ffion is a pretty name that means "vine" and is the Welsh version of Fiona.
Lowri means "laurel" and is the Welsh form of Laura.
Lovely for May born baby girls - it's Welsh for May.
The Welsh name Nia means beauty and brightness. The name is also found in Swahili where it has the meaning "purpose".
A name for bright, shiny babies! Seren means "star". Seren has become a popular name once again; in 2009 it was the third most popular girls' name in Wales.
Sian has remained popular over the years, although you don't see the pet forms of Siana and Siani so often. These names are the Welsh equivalents of Jane and mean "God is gracious". The "s" is pronounced as "sh".
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Welsh Baby Names for Boys
Arwel means "prominent". A very apt name for leading Welsh rugby international Arwel Thomas.
According to legend Bran was a giant King of Britain who was killed when he attacked Ireland. The name means "raven".
This name is derived from the Welsh for love "car" and fair or pure "wyn", so it means fair or pure love. Carwyn Williams is a former professional surfer from Wales who won the European Professional Surfing Tour twice.
Cai means "lord", possibly derived from the latin word "caius". Sir Cai, or Kay, features in the Arthurian Legend, being the son of Sir Ector and Arthur's foster-brother.
A good name for a Christmas baby boy, Celyn means "holly".
A variant of David, hence the name of the patron saint of Wales.
In Welsh mythology Dylan was the sea god. The name is composed of two parts: "dy" means great, "llanw" means sea, so it is literally "great sea".
Thought to be the Welsh form of Elias, so would mean "God is my Lord".
Emlyn means "work". Emlyn Hughes was a very popular English footballer who captained both the England and Liverpool teams in the 1970s.
This is another name with links to the Arthurian legends. Sir Geraint was the son of the King of Dumnonia and was the lover of Enid of Cardiff. He fell fighting the Saxons with King Arthur in Somerset. The name means "old".
The name means "dark, swarthy" and certainly suits the dark, good looks of Welsh TV presenter Gethin Jones.
A short version of the name Glyndwr or Glendower. The meaning of Glyn is a "glen" or "valley of water".
The Welsh form of Aidan, meaning "little fire".
It means "home-ruler" and derives from Henry.
The Welsh form of Hugh, meaning "heart" or "spirit". The presenter of BBC News at Ten, the BBC's flagship news programme, is Welsh journalist Huw Edwards.
Not just the Spanish form of Jacob, but Welsh too! It means "supplanter".
This name means "God is gracious". Ieuan Evans is a former international Rugby player, the third highest try scorer of all time for Wales.
The Welsh variant of Jack.
Lloyd or Lwyd
Used as a forename and a surname, Lloyd means "grey-haired".
These different forms of the same name mean "born of yew". Sir Owain was another Arthurian knight.
Rhys is a popular name, meaning "heat of passion".
The Welsh version of John.
The Welsh version of Stephen - "crowned with laurels". A great name for boys born on the Feast of St Stephen, which is 26 December.
These names mean "fair" or "blessed"
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Welsh Names for Girls or Boys
This name means "hill" and can be used for girls or boys.
For a loving baby this is perfect; it means "to love".
The name means "moment in time". St Eilian performed miraculous cures.
Although this is traditionally a masculine name, it is now used for girls too. It means "white, holy, fair".
Used as a surname as well as a unisex forename, this name probably means "sea circle".