Baskerville — from Britain during the Conquest with Normans from Boscherville; long used on the border of England and Wales. Savage — began as a descriptive nickname. Narberth — from a Welsh placename Narberth in Pembrokeshire. Kendrick — from the popular medieval Welsh personal name Cynwrig. Examples include Llywelyn, Morgan, Rhys, Owain, Madog, Tudur, Arthur and Caradog. Wilding — from an Old English name, either a personal name or nickname. A ngharad Lla n g ollen ll A letter not found in other European languages.
Widely in use by the 13th C. Common Welsh Surnames Wales traditionally has a history of patronymic naming which uses your fathers first name as your surname. It has been in use as a given name since the early 20 th century. Found sparsely in south Wales. Awen what an absolutely gorgeous meaning! They disputed long about it; in the end they disjudge Tudri's son-in-law by law.
Patronymic surnames with the short -s form are recorded in various parts of England dating back to the , and the Welsh practice was presumably in imitation of this. However, in the wake of the Protestant Reformation in Europe during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries this was all set to change. Weal — from an English placename, referring to one who lives by the waterwheel. Some are of Breton origin, most are not. Also Celtic equivalent of Janus, the two-faced god who looks into the past and future simultaneously.
My mother was born in Cardiff and only a few weeks ago I made contact with some second cousins, which has led me into a whole world of Welsh names! German This article consists of two parts; the first, a survey of modern Breton naming practices, is not useful for our purposes, but the seconD, is a rather useful overview of the semantics of compound given names in the era of the Redon Cartulary, and the parallels of these with compound given names in early Welsh. Matthews — from the biblical name Matthew; popular in medieval Wales. Watkins — used at one time as a personal name in some parts; a dim. Of them all, Olwyn and Ioan are my absolute favourites. Morris — the English spelling, derived from the Welsh personal name Meurig and Latin name Mauricius. A collection of names from 12th and 13th C Latin records, though many of the names have only been lightly Latinized.
The whole Leigh family tree is spread over two blogs, this blog and the blog that describes the later Leigh families. Also Gwen, Gweneth, Gwenneth, Gwenyth, and Gwynneth. Carwyn Williams is a former professional surfer from Wales who won the European Professional Surfing Tour twice. Some interesting ideas in this thread on how to. Possibly adopted under the English spelling in the post-Reformation era. Hullin — derived from Hugh, and probably a variant of Hughes. Bateman — first used as a personal name; from the name Bartholomew, often shortened to Bate or Batte.
It was usually added to personal names for description. Elin The Welsh version of Helen. Emlyn Hughes was a very popular English footballer who captained both the England and Liverpool teams in the 1970s. Beinon, Bennion, Baynham, Beynam, Bunyan, Beynon, ab Onion a variant of Eynon. Jac The Welsh variant of Jack. Gethin ng as in English sing, never as in danger, but in place names n and g can be separate sounds. H ywel wy short w and clear-short y, except where y is long see rules above.
It remained popular after the Norman Conquest because it was used by both kings and saints. Records show two prominent families, the Awbreys of Abercynrig, and of Ynyscedwin. Cadogan — modern spelling derived from the Old Welsh name Cadwgan. Batha and Bathoe derive from Welsh ab added to Adda. Some of the families may have had Irish roots. Rhy s th always as in English theme, never as in the. What is the meaning of your name Judi? Names such as Llewelyn ap Dafydd ab Ieuan ap Gruffudd ap Meredydd were not uncommon.
Caffyn, Coffin, Cuffin, Keffin, Kephin, Kiffin. Elias — a biblical name that came to Wales as a surname post-Reformation. Dawkins — derived from Dafydd or David. Michael — a biblical name associated with Welsh churches since Norman times. Bebb — listed in records back to 1596. Llewelyn — ancient Welsh personal name and popular name of medieval princes. Breton Names , by Tangwystyl verch Morgant Glasvryn An analysis of Breton names recorded up to the 12th century.
Bran According to legend Bran was a giant King of Britain who was killed when he attacked Ireland. In this respect the situation was very different from that in England, where fixed surnames were adopted between the 12 th and the 14 th centuries, largely in response to the needs of growing towns and bureaucracy. He was cursed to die if his daughter ever married. Devonald — derived from the Welsh surname Dyfnallt. This went out of use for several generations but was adopted later by one branch of the family as a fixed surname. Ellis — derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, which is frequently in old records. Probably the name of the inventor and possessor of the magical Harp of Teirtud Triple Harp , who may have derived his name from the harp's triple row of strings.