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Welsh/Celtic/Irish/Scottish names for kids

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mummytigger Sun 15-May-11 23:23:24

I've noticed there is a serious lack of any proper Celtic or very Welsh/Irish names about - all the babies at the moment seem to be Jayden, Cayden, Bayden, Hayden... YUCK! - so if you know one that you think is perfect then put it in here!

I'm currently pregnant with Carwyn-James Evans, and as a contingency name (in case he "doesn't look like a Carwyn" - other half) we have Osian (pronounced OSH-an).

For the future we have two girls names in mind which I love - Anwen and Enfys.

Got it all sorted! But if you know any that are more off the beaten track, then please say them!

TeamLemon Sun 15-May-11 23:28:27

I have a Dewi.
He was possibly going to be Nye/Aneurin

missmelo Sun 15-May-11 23:32:23

I love Arwen for a girl

hester Mon 16-May-11 00:03:39

Oisin for a boy, Roisin for a girl smile

pilates Mon 16-May-11 12:49:00

My maternal grandmother was an Olwyn (nn Olly)

Also really like Orla and Cerys but perhaps not that unusual enough for you.

BikeRunSki Mon 16-May-11 12:52:15

If I had any Welsh connections at all, I would name another DS after the great Aneurin Bevan. I am not sure that going to uni there 20+ years ago counts, and pretty sure Aneurin/Nye is a bit too distinctive for our little Yorkshire pit village.

shouldnotbehere Mon 16-May-11 13:28:25

I love the boys name Gwydion. I live in N Wales and nearly all our friends have chosen Welsh names for their children.

valiumbandwitch Mon 16-May-11 18:42:05

I don't know any Caydens or Braydens.

I do know a few Dylans and a Bethan and an Olwen though. lovely names.

What about Irona? Is that Welsh?

mouffloncake Mon 16-May-11 19:06:43

Enfys is pretty, doesn't it translate to rainbow?
I like seren too, welsh for star.
My mum is welsh. Her name is Meinir (last r is rolled).

lostinwales Mon 16-May-11 19:17:16

Rhodri, Arwel, Tomos, Owain, Gwilym, Ivor (Ifor), Idris, Dylan (Duh-lan though NOT Dillon <<shudders>>) Aled, Wyn, Dafydd, Iwan, Rhys, love Osian and Carwyn. Ooh and I forgot Huw, keep telling DH we need to have another boy as I forgot how much I loved that name after I had DS3 and didn't get to use it!

Not very good on girls names as I have none but do like Gwen, Delyth, Cerys, Eira (snow), Haf (Summer) and Seren (star), oh I'm going to have to have more children (or one with a very long name) there are so many lovely ones out there, oh and Megan which was DS3's name for a while until we realised the scan had got it wrong....

mummytigger Tue 17-May-11 09:20:40

Loving all the names so far - we've build up a hell of a collection :D Kepp it coming!

Also - Aneurin is already a contender for number 2 when we decide it's time to try again :D I love that name, it's beautiful! And yes, Enfys is Rainbow :D Meinir we love as well, but we know several people by that name and it would have caused a bit of a family ruckus if we pick that one for a girl.

dottyaboutstripes Tue 17-May-11 10:14:34

Taliesin. It was a bit much for English DH to take in though!

BooBearBoo Tue 17-May-11 20:52:12

Maiwenn is beautiful for a girl. I know a Maiwenn Enfys. Lovely.

blushingm Tue 17-May-11 20:56:45

we have Ewan & Erin so irish and scottish. We love in Wales though.

i used to go to school with Hedd - means peace. i liked that

blushingm Tue 17-May-11 20:57:34

Erin's best friend is Mairwen - which i think is really pretty

goodegg Tue 17-May-11 21:06:11

In Scotland there are quite a few Scottish names. I think it might be the same in Ireland and Wales. If you hear mostly English names I assume you live in England?!

Not judging if you want to use btw, just thought your OP a bit weird!

Crikeyblimey Tue 17-May-11 21:25:31

Dh is Welsh, so we wanted a Welsh middle name for ds (middle name so he didn't spend his life spelling it over the phone). He's Ieuan (pronounced Yiyan) and he loves it!

mummytigger Wed 18-May-11 13:21:35

That's the thing though, GoodEgg! I actually live in South Wales, and most of the people I know have very generic and rather boring names. My partner is from near Llanelli so he's got a much broader range of friends, with some lovely welsh names, but mostly all I hear are the common ones. We only know one Carwyn, which is part of the reason why we picked that name - because it's a little unusual but not so bad that he'll be bulled about it.

Mairwen is GORGEOUS! What a lush name! And we thought about Ieuan, but it was very close to my partners name, Iwan, and so he vetoed that almost immediately.

nearlymumofone Wed 18-May-11 14:21:03

Leisha or gaelic spelling of Laoisa

elah11 Wed 18-May-11 14:41:39

There are some lovely irish names out there also:
Aoife (f) EE-fa
Áine (f) AW-nya
Róisín (f) ROW-sheen
Doireann (f) DI-ren
Ailbhe (f) AL-veh
Eimear (f) EE-mer
Cian (m) KEE-an
Ódhrán (m) OAR-awn
Cillian (m) KILL-ee-an
Aodhan (m) AY-gawn or AY-dhawn
Ruadhrí (m) ROO-ree or ROO-a-ree

GooseyLoosey Wed 18-May-11 14:43:40

My children both have fab Irish names - not telling what they are though!

BibiThree Wed 18-May-11 14:46:24

I have a Carys, an Eleri (if it sounds like celery you're saying it wrong) and a Lowri (low as in low down)

Carys fairly popular in S Wales, Eleri and Lowri not so much.

If I had another daughter she would be Anwen

BibiThree Wed 18-May-11 14:47:52

mummytigger Hello! I'm near Cardiff too [waves]

EllenJaneisnotmyname Wed 18-May-11 14:54:19

I had aunties called Rhiannon, Olwen and Mair, and uncles called Eirwyn, Arfon and Eifion. Worked with Delyth, Carys, Carian and Bethan. I loved the name Megan, but it was very popular for a time.

Cattleprod Wed 18-May-11 15:08:48

Well Hayden is actually a traditional Old English name, and has absolutely nothing in common with all the Kayden/Shayden/Brayden/Chavden/JeremyKyleden type names. Just because it has a similar sound, it certainly doesn't have the same connotations. smile

There are quite a few Celtic etc names around though - I've come across children called Aoife, Roisin, Erin, Ewan, Rhys etc.

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