Welsh baby names

(60 Posts)
threefeethighandrising Tue 14-Aug-12 22:37:16

So far ...

For boys i like Aneurin and Taliesin - but DP's not keen!

For girls I like Arianwen and Ceridwen
I also like Cerys and Seren but both a bit too popular now.

Any suggestions would be brilliant smile

Lakota Tue 14-Aug-12 22:44:31

How about Geraint for a boy? Or my nephew is Gethyn.

Carys instead of Cerys?

aJumpedUpPantryBoy Tue 14-Aug-12 23:06:36

I love Taliesin, great name



threefeethighandrising Tue 14-Aug-12 23:16:17

Love Nia but can't have for family reasons.

Quite like Gethin, will think about it ...

My mum loves Anghared! Not 100% sure myself ...

Carys is too popular I feel too. But I do like the name. Oh, it's a maybe!

MaryHansack Tue 14-Aug-12 23:18:07


threefeethighandrising Tue 14-Aug-12 23:18:37

Basically if I called my DD Nia, then DD and DS would have the names of two lovers, in legend.

A tad off I feel! Kind of like calling your DCs Romeo and Juliet!

(Some of you will know what DS's name is now!)

lizziebach Tue 14-Aug-12 23:18:47

Catrin, bethan, sian, eira, haf, iona, nia, mair, angharad for girls

Gethin, rhys, alun, gwyn, geraint, sion, dafydd, dion, aled for boys

bronze Tue 14-Aug-12 23:20:29

Your ds has a very nice name
He shouldn't get together with my dd wink

threefeethighandrising Tue 14-Aug-12 23:25:10

Yes, let's not encourage that bronze!! grin

threefeethighandrising Tue 14-Aug-12 23:25:53

(thanks! I love the name too smile)

bronze Tue 14-Aug-12 23:36:28

Elin eleri and eira are my favourites

gemmalou123 Tue 14-Aug-12 23:42:51

Used to know a little girl called ffion. Thought that was a beautiful name. Lovely little girl too smile

babynamesonly Tue 14-Aug-12 23:44:58

I have changed my name briefly because this is an easy out wink.

I have a Taliesin. It's a brilliant name, I love it. Tal for short. I might also have Aneurin in mind if I ever have another boy...

I also love Llyr and Euros. And Guto.

babynamesonly Tue 14-Aug-12 23:46:39

I like Angharad. But it's my middle name so I would.

<Outs self completely, goes to change back to regular name>

MyinnergoddessisatLidl Tue 14-Aug-12 23:51:10

What about Selyf for a boy? It's the Welsh equivalent of Seth if I remember rightly.

Then there is always Welsh spelling such as Harri, Sian etc.

MyinnergoddessisatLidl Tue 14-Aug-12 23:57:10
Polyethyl Tue 14-Aug-12 23:57:30

My grandmother was called Eira. If my bump is a girl, and is born on a snowy day (due late Jan) then I've warned my English husband she'll be named Eira.

ColourMeWithChaos Tue 14-Aug-12 23:57:41

Your DS has a beautiful name!



TwllBach Wed 15-Aug-12 00:08:10

I've always liked Heledd - I think it's hardd iawn grin my friend likes Enfys, and I saw Esyllt recently and thought it sweet. I also taught a little Siwan recently. And I've just remembered that I like Gwenllian too.

Can I ask how you pronounce Taliesin? I've only ever seen it written down and think its lovely. DP likes Dylan for a boy but most of my family are English so he'd be called Dillon by my family instead of the roper welsh version.

TwllBach Wed 15-Aug-12 00:10:18

To be honest, I really like Aderyn as well. I know it's 'bird' but it seems to me that names that mean things are still quite Popular in Wales and she could be Addie or Ryn or something for short <muses>

Janoschi Wed 15-Aug-12 02:48:49

I LOVE Siwan and wanted it very badly for little DD. Being pregnant and hormonal, I got hung up on the fact her surname begins with K, then couldn't get past the word 'wank' hidden in her name. Which probably doesn't occur to most folk and if that's the case, I feel very sad for not picking it!

mathanxiety Wed 15-Aug-12 06:46:31

I love Angharad and Eirlys.

Also Geraint and Aneurin.

MrsRobertDuvallHasRosacea Wed 15-Aug-12 07:01:05

I have an Uncle Aneurin.
And an Auntie Eirwen.

Lovely names.
There's always Rytherch (sp?) . My dad went to school with a Rytherch Prytherch.

My name is on someone's list...very unusual . I am not going to tell you which one!

Welsh names are beautiful.

CelticOlympian Wed 15-Aug-12 11:19:24

I know a small Rhydderch.

twll Taliesin is pronounced Tal-yes-in, emphasis on the 'yes'.

downbythewater Wed 15-Aug-12 12:29:59


all lovely girl names

for boys, I agree with Gethin, and also like Huw

redpanda13 Wed 15-Aug-12 14:03:08

Gosh Welsh names are lovely.

Cwtchbach Wed 15-Aug-12 15:15:22

Ha ha, my DS and DD have lovers names (in that same legend) after my extensive research here on mumsnet and it real life with both Welsh speaking and non-Welsh speaking friends I found that only one person had heard the story. Which was good enough for me. Just hope they never make a film of it ;)

I also love Non, Menna, Gwilym, and Ieuan (although that would be a tongue twister with DS)

MrClaypole Wed 15-Aug-12 15:31:15

We have an Aneirin. We used the less common old fashioned spelling cos it is easier for non welsh speakers to pronounce (we live in England)

Lots of people completely bemused by the name but in a nice way!

Also liked Eira, Eirlys, Mabli, Mali, Angharad and Cari

anicecuppatea Wed 15-Aug-12 20:50:06

My granny's middle name is Ayronwen. She's always been Ronnie for short. Cute I think.

Plokahontas Wed 15-Aug-12 22:05:24

shamelessly outing myself... my name is Cerian, which is beautiful with a lovely meaning. I go by ceri.

Avoid like the plague if you live in England though, unless you want a lifetime of being called kieran!

bronze Thu 16-Aug-12 00:04:28

Wonder if that was me. I was tipoftheslung

I'm a Bronwen. Love my name. People know it but it's not that popular. I know of a few but have only ever met one in person

TwllBach Thu 16-Aug-12 07:08:47

I was at the Anglesey show yesterday and saw some names that I hadn't heard or had forgotten about yesterday:

Girls -

Boys -
Gruffudd. I love this and may convince DP. It's just so lovely!

anairofhopeFORGOLD Thu 16-Aug-12 07:19:46

Angharad is a grest name grin

anairofhopeFORGOLD Thu 16-Aug-12 07:20:56

I also like Nia for a girl and Griff for a boy.

Panadbois Thu 16-Aug-12 07:24:08
dreamingofsun Thu 16-Aug-12 09:38:52

ffion's not been mentioned. or owen, evan

do you live in wales or england as some of these are very hard to pronounce for an english person.

i like angharad - would shorten to harry

anairofhopeFORGOLD Thu 16-Aug-12 09:45:11

Im Angharad and my nn have been Harry, Angie and Ann!

I live in England and get called Mrsair of hope if people can say it and then they as how you say it and its a great ice breaker smile

anairofhopeFORGOLD Thu 16-Aug-12 09:46:09

*cant say it
bloody iphone

mejon Thu 16-Aug-12 15:29:44

I'd take some of the names listed in the link posted by myinnergoddesisatlidl with a large pinch of salt as it includes the infamous 'Artaith' as a suggestion for a girl's name. It is Welsh for torture. Also included are Cragen, Esylk and Ffanci confused

GRW Thu 16-Aug-12 20:56:47

My sister was called Ceridwen, and I've only met one other. She was always called Ceri as an adult.

BulletProofMum Thu 16-Aug-12 20:57:43

Morgan for a boy.

Fuzzywood Thu 16-Aug-12 21:04:58

I have a Seren and Evan <outs self>. I'm Welsh but DH is English and we live in England so had to be of the easier to pronounce Welsh names. After Evan my favourite Welsh boys name is Dafydd (couldn't be on our list due to pronunciation issues). If DS had been a girl he'd have been either Ariana or Anwen.

serenola Thu 16-Aug-12 21:07:26

Iwan, Osian, Aled, Glyn, Math, Ioan.

Mared, Rhiannon, Alaw, Awen, Glesni.

MB34 Fri 17-Aug-12 22:31:33

I have a nephew called Macsen which is becoming more popular.

I've also heard of Lleucu for a girl and Lleu for a boy (not sure if I like those though!)

deemented Sat 18-Aug-12 11:15:02

I have a Tate Aneurin and we love it.

Also have a Celyn Sionedd.

Considered Manon, Mali, Eleri and Betsan.

IawnCont Sat 18-Aug-12 13:45:43

mejon Ffanci! Bloody hell that made me laugh!

IawnCont Sat 18-Aug-12 13:47:30

I'm just checking out that website (not the Twf one, the other). I recognize about 30% of the names as Welsh. Utter, utter crap.

IawnCont Sat 18-Aug-12 13:56:53

Some examples of aforementioned utter crap:
Torri (means Break)
Ysbail (loot)
Caniad (ring, as in "I'll give you a caniad on the phone tomorrow)
Amser (time)
Cymreiges (Welsh woman)
Rhan (part)
Toreth (abundance)

I have met faaaar too many people who have used random Welsh words as names for children, thinking "well the Welsh like nature names so it's fair game" not realizing it sounds absolutely ridiculous. Because it's a pretty sounding word, it doesn't make a name. It's like calling your child Englishwoman or Signpost, it's completely random.

mejon Sat 18-Aug-12 15:23:04

O'n i ddim wedi sylwi ar rheina. I'll go and have another look now - ffanci a laff grin!

teachpeach Sat 18-Aug-12 15:30:34

My DS1 is Griffin, and we usually call him Griff .

Cwtchbach Sat 18-Aug-12 15:31:52

I know a baby Caled - hard hmm

IawnCont Sat 18-Aug-12 16:15:17

Gruff (pronounced Griff) is a short version of Gruffydd in Welsh teachpeach but it's cool that you use it for Griffin.

Caled. FFS. I know of a Carw (deer).

anairofhopeFORGOLD Sat 18-Aug-12 17:40:45

Brynn for a girl?

DolomitesDonkey Sat 18-Aug-12 17:53:46

A few of the boys I remember from uni:


IawnCont Sat 18-Aug-12 18:06:18

I'm afraid I would have to bite my lip to stop the laughter if I met a girl called Bryn. It would be like calling a girl Keith.

anairofhopeFORGOLD Sat 18-Aug-12 19:00:21

sad my dd middle name is Brynn i see it the same as Sam or stevie in English.

I have an Idris!

PicklesThePottyMouthedParrot Sat 18-Aug-12 19:10:51

Such lovely names! I'm pg so lurking for inspiration. Really like elin.

rugbychick Sat 18-Aug-12 19:26:05

I know an Eiri and Eirian both female

pontynan Sat 13-Oct-12 17:54:10

T i'n iawn cont? Fy enw hoff yn bendant 'Mynedfa' - mae hi'n byw ym Mhonty!!

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