Welsh boy's name

(41 Posts)
tasmaniandevilchaser Sat 01-Dec-12 17:44:37

We have a Welsh surname, though I'm not Welsh, which is why I need a bit of help. We cannot decide on a boy's name. Ones I like won't "go" with our surname. A traditional English name would go with our surname but they are very popular where we are, so he would probably be one of several in his class.

Any ideas or inspiration on Welsh names?

Jakeyblueblue Sat 01-Dec-12 18:23:13

One of my friends has a welsh dh and so named her 3 dc with welsh names. The two boys are aled (not so keen) and owain (pronounced Owen) which I absolutely love grin I think it's the best if both worlds as is very definately welsh but still sounds English! smile

tasmaniandevilchaser Sat 01-Dec-12 18:27:28

thanks jakey, I'm with you on Aled (I can only think of Aled Jones, showing my age!) but Owain is better. Brings to mind Gawain, Knight of the Round Table, which is a good thing, to me anyway.

goralka Sat 01-Dec-12 18:30:54

Iestyn (pronounced yestin)?

GRW Sat 01-Dec-12 18:50:07

Ifan, Dyfan, Brynmor, Gareth, Rhys

goralka Sat 01-Dec-12 18:51:09


MiaWallace Sat 01-Dec-12 18:51:59


PieEyedAndLairy Sat 01-Dec-12 18:56:46

I know of a Gwilym pronounced G-will-um who is known as Will. Others from my family are Morgan, Evan and Glyn.

thepeanutsparent Sat 01-Dec-12 18:57:24

I know a lovely Hywel, though some people mistake it for Howard

LadyKinbote Sat 01-Dec-12 18:58:48

Bryn? Glyn?

serengetty Sat 01-Dec-12 19:01:06

Iolo, Gethin, Rhys, Meredydd, Broghan, Vaughan, Dylan, Rohan,

Cwtchbach Sat 01-Dec-12 19:05:41

Osian, Geraint, Ianto, Iwan, Gareth, Rhys, Dylan

My DS is called Idris!

serengetty Sat 01-Dec-12 19:15:16

My cat is called Idris!

Startail Sat 01-Dec-12 19:15:16

I like Ross, but google tells me that's actually Scots Gaelic, it's just the one I knew was Welsh.

Else, Rhys, Owen (who was Ross's partner in crime at school), David, Glynn, Gareth, Evan or Evan John are the Welsh boys names that were common in my bit of Wales.

Arithmeticulous Sat 01-Dec-12 19:22:34

Ianto, Idris, Ieuan.

There are lots of famous Geraints - I like it.

goralka Sat 01-Dec-12 19:23:32

Geraint is an excellent name.

Greensleeves Sat 01-Dec-12 19:24:20


BikeRunSki Sat 01-Dec-12 19:39:35

Aneurin / Nye

If you want a Welsh name for an English child, then names like Morgan, Ewan, Dylan and Owen are well known enough not to confuse English ears and spellings.

BikeRunSki Sat 01-Dec-12 19:40:41

Emrys is great, it's my nephew's name (Welsh born and raised child of English parents).

edam Sat 01-Dec-12 19:46:01

English spellings/forms of Welsh names are easiest to bear in England - Evan, Owen, David(!) and so on. Lloyd is fairly well-known despite the double L. I love Idris and Emrys but dh wouldn't let me have them for ds. <sob>

edam Sat 01-Dec-12 19:46:29

Bryn like Bryn Terfel the opera singer? Means 'hill' if you are interested in meanings.

edam Sat 01-Dec-12 19:46:47

(or even if you aren't!)

edam Sat 01-Dec-12 19:47:41

ooh, forgot my absolute favourite, Taliesin, one of the great Welsh bards of legend. Dh wouldn't let me have that either, given we live in England.

We have a Dylan, his cousins are Gethin and Deian.

edam - my sister is called Taliesyn.

alexbaublismum Sat 01-Dec-12 19:56:02

I love the name Iestyn. If we lived in Wales, or even just in the UK, I would have used it.

And Geraint is good too.

edam Sat 01-Dec-12 20:16:44

Your sister is called Taliesyn? Lovely but I've never heard of it being a girl's name (am quite possibly ill-informed, however, there may be lots of girls called Taliesyn for all I know...).

We've never met another girl Taliesyn. I think she was named after the Deep Purple album, 'the book of Taliesyn'. She gets called Tally for short.

AntsMarching Sun 02-Dec-12 08:27:45

Emlyn. Would have been dd2's name if she had been a boy.

OP - both my dcs have Welsh names and I'm not Welsh. DH is Welsh but we live in England.

invicta Sun 02-Dec-12 08:28:36

David dewi dafydd
Hugh Huw
Norman ( think Fireman Sam!)


Fadqueen Sun 02-Dec-12 08:36:56

I am Welsh although I live in England. I love, love, love Welsh boys names. I think they are really strong character names. I have DD's and a very English surname but my dog has a very good Welsh name - Iolo (yollo). Not many of those around!

Francesa Sun 02-Dec-12 11:45:23

How about Muerig, a Welsh king, was he not?

Francesa Sun 02-Dec-12 11:49:01

Sorry that should have been Meurig!

tasmaniandevilchaser Sun 02-Dec-12 13:48:08

Thanks everyone, lots of ideas

DH has vetoed some, but Dylan, Geraint and Gwilym are def going on the list. I like Taliesin a lot as well, and Iolo but don't think they'll get past DH.

Love Dylan (bit biased!) Was the only name that we could agree on.

edam Sun 02-Dec-12 19:03:58

Dylan should be pron. Dullan but English and American people often don't know this, or ignore it.

goralka Sun 02-Dec-12 19:07:50

i do prefer Dullan despite being English as Dylan just reminds me of the snail in the Magic Roundabout (shows age)

Dullan in how his Welsh Grandad pronouces it.

Forgot that I know a Hywel (Huw-el or How-el) and a Huw, and a Rhys.

BabysPointlessPocket Mon 03-Dec-12 13:49:56

Ellis, a great Welsh name and my ds name

jidelgin Tue 04-Dec-12 23:39:38

Brinley ? Gwyn ?
I too love Geraint. Had a lovely professor by that name...

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