Welsh Boys Names

(67 Posts)
BlondeBluebird Thu 07-Jun-12 12:23:22

Hi All

I am Welsh,have a welsh name and speak welsh but now live in england.Even our dog has a welsh name and all his commands are in welsh and english.
Anyway..I am currently 28 weeks pg with our first baby,a boy.
Would really love a welsh name but struggling.The only one I can come up with that I like is WYNN.We already have a Rhodri.
Can anyone help.

StepOutOfSpring Thu 07-Jun-12 12:32:41


Hywll (spelling?)

debijon11 Fri 08-Jun-12 12:18:12


Lunarlyte Fri 08-Jun-12 12:33:47

I love Evan, Dylan, Hew, Ryan and Rhys.

Lunarlyte Fri 08-Jun-12 12:35:15

Or is that Huw? In English it would be 'Hugh'

poorbuthappy Fri 08-Jun-12 12:35:56


LicoriceComfit Sat 09-Jun-12 09:41:38


LicoriceComfit Sat 09-Jun-12 09:42:09

Arghnjust noticed you have a Rhodri - good choice!

What about Morgan or Owen?

round2 Sat 09-Jun-12 10:00:38

Efan, Iwan, dafydd,

round2 Sat 09-Jun-12 10:02:37


LicoriceComfit Sat 09-Jun-12 10:04:37

tudor or Cadoc

WhosPickleisThatOnion Sat 09-Jun-12 12:50:13

Osian is very popular in Wales at the mo.

dreamingofsun Sat 09-Jun-12 14:42:37

its spealt Huw in welsh. trevor - which i would shorten to trev

StuntNun Sun 10-Jun-12 13:44:56

I always liked Dai as a Welsh boy's name.

BikeRunSki Sun 10-Jun-12 13:50:21

Emrys (biased)

RooibosWithMilk Sun 10-Jun-12 18:14:24

Aneirin/Aneurin - nn Nye (6th century author of Y Gododdin)
Peredur (character from the Mabinogion)
Taliesin (v cool name in my opinion - and an exciting namesake)

pegster Sun 10-Jun-12 20:38:44

Aneurin, Gruffydd, Idris, Gwynfor, Gethin &
Taliesin are my favourites

DogEared Sun 10-Jun-12 20:58:52

My current favourites are Meirion, Emrys, Twm, Bryn, Llwyd (but maybe ll isn't a good idea in England!) Mabon, Iddon, Dewi, Dafydd, Endaf, Eilir, Meilir, Mefin, Hywel, Cadog, Selyf.
Where in Wales are you from? You could use a Welsh name local to you- for example if from Ynys Mon you could use Cybi or Seiriol. I recently heard of a Beuno, which I LOVE.

DogEared Sun 10-Jun-12 20:59:31

Aaaah, only now seeing your username... I'm guessing Cardiff? grin

Takver Sun 10-Jun-12 20:59:54

Macsen is a favourite of mine.

Why not Wynn if you like it? Easy to spell and say if you're in England.

Takver Sun 10-Jun-12 21:00:21

Obviously that should be, easy for other people to spell and say!

Jins Sun 10-Jun-12 21:01:10

I really like the name iori

Fuzzywood Sun 10-Jun-12 21:05:36

I'm Welsh and live in England too. My DC both have Welsh names but we purposely chose ones easy to pronounce by non Welsh people. DH is English so it was easy to check. Some names I thought were easy he just couldn't say so I'd check with someone non-Welsh if you're worried about pronunciation. DS is Evan by the way which obviously I love! grin

Llareggub Sun 10-Jun-12 21:08:22

I have used Iestyn and Taliesin.

HappyHippyChick Sun 10-Jun-12 21:11:33

I have a Welsh dh but we live in England and our ds is Gethin. I agree with Fuzzywood that a name that is easy for non Weldh people to pronounce is a good idea. We still get funny looks with Gethin which I thought was a fairly well known name!

scottishhaggis Sun 10-Jun-12 21:12:42

I have a Rhys grin

HappyHippyChick Sun 10-Jun-12 21:12:49

D'oh Welsh not Weldh obviously...

GRW Mon 11-Jun-12 18:23:29

I like Daron, Brynmor, Ifan and Gareth- all have been used in my family.

FfoFfycsecs Mon 11-Jun-12 18:31:27

LOVE Brynmor GRW... Lovely meaning.

CheerfulYank Mon 11-Jun-12 18:43:33

I adore Rhys. I may use it someday, though I'm not Welsh. But you know how Americans are...just snatching names from around the globe. grin

Brynmor is nice too, I've never heard of it! And I love your other DS' name. smile

eatyourveg Mon 11-Jun-12 18:46:02

Ifan Idris Guto Huw Arwyn, Emyr, Gwilym

farmerswifey Tue 12-Jun-12 11:44:52

We're thinking Eirian (after Eirian Morgan the Supreme sheep dog trail winner) I really like Wynn though.

OnlyWantsOneTwoAndThree Tue 12-Jun-12 11:47:41

Awww there are some really lovely names being suggested here.

I love Huw grin

MrDarcysbreeches Tue 12-Jun-12 11:48:21

i love the name Merrick - it it Welsh apparently.

FfoFfycsecs Tue 12-Jun-12 14:08:37

Meurig would be the oneDarcy (Merrick as a derivative)

I like Eirian, but to me it will always be a girls' name- I know it's used for boys too, but I know far more that are girls.

bronze Tue 12-Jun-12 14:11:55

I love Aneirin
ds2 has a Rhys in there somwhere so I'll have to admit to liking that

MothershipG Tue 12-Jun-12 17:39:32

Not sure if they qualify as Welsh enough but how about Bryn or Griffin?

I love Welsh names, but despite being born there, have only the teeniest drop of Welsh blood so didn't think I could get away with it for DC and don't think I could have got DH to agree!

FfoFfycsecs Tue 12-Jun-12 20:38:39

Not Griffin- Maybe Gruffydd?

invicta Tue 12-Jun-12 20:46:41

Gweirydd (sp?)
Glen (welsh?)
Norman (think Fireman Sam!)

dementedma Tue 12-Jun-12 22:08:15


pontynan Sat 13-Oct-12 18:28:40

I am welsh speaking but was concerned to give my children Welsh names that could be pronounced the other side of the border. So that ruled out some favourites like Llyr! So went for what I thought was a short and easy name like Dewi - which EVERYONE who is Welsh, whether Welsh speaking or not, can pronounce with no problem. So wrong! He has been called Dewey, Doughy, Darwi, Dooey and every other variation. Why can't the English say Dewi????

MB34 Sun 14-Oct-12 17:03:40

Am liking this thread! I live in Wales but can't speak Welsh, but my DH's family's first language is Welsh. I would like a Welsh name that is easy to spell and pronounce but not too common.

Some other names that DH has come up with are Iolo, Mathonwy, Urien (pn Ir-ee-an), Caian.

DH loves Taliesin, he's told me how it's pronounced, I can't seem to get my head around it though - can anyone else enlighten me? Does anyone think it's too difficult to pronounce?

alexpolismum Sun 14-Oct-12 18:45:12


I think Urien would get pronounced "you-rien" or "oo-rien" or even "you-rye-en".

Taliesin is better known, I think. Mathonwy is also easy to pronounce, or something like Iestyn (Welsh for Justin) is pretty easy. I would choose it if I lived in Wales! Or just in the UK generally...

Are you planning on bringing up your child bilingually?

MB34 Sun 14-Oct-12 21:15:55

Yes, he will be bilingual. But my issue is that he will have a double barreled surname with one of the names being Polish so I'm not keen on him having a difficult first name too.

I'm not keen on the others - I'm with you alex on the Urien thing (also that it's one spelling mistake away from a bodily fluid lol!) But I am coming round to Taliesin. Although, looking at it I would either pronounce it as Tal-eye-sin or Tal-ee-shin but DH says it's pronounced Tal-yes-in.

33goingon64 Sun 14-Oct-12 22:00:40

My father in law is Iorweth, which is shorted to Iori (pronounced Yori). I like it and am thinking of using it for DC2 if we have a boy, but as a middle name, as our surname is almost as Welsh as you can get and not being Welsh myself I think it might be a bit much. Ioan is an alternative.

Ilovecake1 Sun 14-Oct-12 22:16:56

Llongyfarchiadau. Be am Iago, Macs, Sandde, Twm, Celt, Berwyn, Cellan!

We would have gone for Bran if dd2 had been a boy.

alexpolismum Mon 15-Oct-12 07:57:46

MB34 Good luck with the bilingualism. I am also bringing up bilingual children (English and Greek) and it can be tough! Anyway, if you go to the Bilingualism section and look at the welsh learners thread, there are some links on there aimed at bilingual families. I seem to remember there was one with Welsh nursery rhymes on

33goingon64 Iori is nice! I quite like that! It's a new one for me.

alexpolismum Mon 15-Oct-12 07:59:45


here is the Welsh learners thread if you are interested.

MB34 Mon 15-Oct-12 21:37:42

Thanks alex, I'll definitely check that out

OldCatLady Tue 16-Oct-12 14:40:34

Evan and Elis I like. And very easy in English

DebK2012 Tue 16-Oct-12 17:57:43

Bryn, Cai or Cybi?

Discolite Tue 16-Oct-12 22:09:32

Cian? I love Rhidian too but in England it may be too difficult in terms of pronunciation.

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 16-Oct-12 22:17:21

Brought up in Wales.

All time fave welsh boys name = Tudur (or Tudor)

Also like:

BoyMeetsWorld Tue 16-Oct-12 22:28:42

Oh, and Glynn, Owain, Huw were all very popular names at my school. Though to be honest half of them ended up nicknamed Taffy once they went to Uni anyway!!

DuelingFanjo Tue 16-Oct-12 22:38:20

I love pointing out that if you do chose Aneurin make sure you pronounce it correctly - ah-neigh-rin.

luckylavender Thu 18-Oct-12 14:00:50


mewkins Fri 19-Oct-12 22:35:59

I would choose Evan. Love it. I also like David - not sure if that counts but a good solid name.

TheHAUNTEDHouseofMirth Fri 19-Oct-12 22:45:43

We have used Ellis, Osian, Tarran and Vonn. I liked Taliesin but thought it was too hard to pronounce. I also liked Aneurin and Byron and Morgan.

Benaberry Tue 23-Oct-12 23:00:07

We've used Ifor Bryn and Ioan Emrys (and I've potentially just outed myself...)

We don't live in Wales right now, although would love to go back one day - DH is Welsh. We wanted to use welsh names but they had to be relatively straightforward given where we live. They also incorporate Welsh versions of their grandfathers' names.

Others high up on the shorlists were Idris, Owain and Aneirin. We've got the Heini Gryffydd Welsh names book, which has some fab names in it.

echidnakid Wed 24-Oct-12 05:51:42

One of my favourite Welsh boys names is Ianto (pronounced Yan-toh).

SoSoMamanBebe Thu 25-Oct-12 11:41:24


Alisvolatpropiis Thu 25-Oct-12 11:57:40

DuellingFanjo I thought Ah-nye-rin was a legit pronounciation? Aneurin being Ah-nye-rin and Aneirin being Ah-neigh-rin?

SoupDragon Thu 25-Oct-12 12:03:47

I would have loved to name a son Idris [sigh]

DuelingFanjo Thu 25-Oct-12 13:03:37

Alisvolatpropiis my first language welsh speaking friends say they are both spelt the same way. "neu" and "nei" make the same sound (Neigh) in the Welsh language so both would be said the same way.

It's like Eisteddfod is 'Eigh-steddfod' not 'Eye-steddfod' for the same reasons.

People will pronounce it wrong though, because they don't understand why certain combinations of words make certain sounds in the Welsh language.

Alisvolatpropiis Thu 25-Oct-12 13:07:15

I should know that being Welsh really. From Cardiff though,not an awful lot of Welsh was being spoken when I was younger,though it is now on tje up smile. I prefer Ah-neigh-rin as it goes,just thought I would have to use the Aneirin spelling.

Thanks for clearing that up for me!

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