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  1. AERON: Welsh unisex form of Celtic Agrona, the name a goddess of war and death who was portrayed as a masculine figure in Welsh mythology, meaning "carnage, slaughter." 
  2. AFON: Modern Welsh unisex name meaning "river." Compare with another form of Afon.

  3. ALED: Welsh name meaning "offspring."

  4. ALUN: Welsh form of Celtic Alan, possibly meaning "little rock." 

  5. ANARAWD: Unisex form of Welsh Angharad, meaning "undisgraced, free of shame."

  6. ANDRAS: Welsh form of Greek Andreas, meaning "man; warrior."

  7. ANEIRIN: Late variant spelling of Welsh Neirin, possibly derived from a word related to Irish Gaelic nár, meaning "modest, noble." 

  8. ANEURIN: Variant spelling of Welsh Aneirin, meaning "modest, noble."

  9. ARAWN: Welsh myth name of the Lord of Annwn ("un-world; under-world"), possibly meaning "unrestrained wildness."

  10. ARTHFAEL: Welsh form of Old Breton Arthmael, meaning "bear chief" or "warrior prince."

  11. ARVEL: Welsh name meaning "wept over."

  12. ARWEL: Welsh name meaning "prominent."

  13. AWSTIN: Welsh form of Latin Augustinus, meaning "venerable."

  14. BEDWYR: Welsh name, possibly derived from proto-Celtic *bod(o)-wid-r, meaning "grave-knower," inferring that he was "the one who knows (Arthur's) grave." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a Knight of the Round Table who returned Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake after King Arthur's death. Described as being one-handed, he was still an excellent warrior. In Welsh, his full name was Bedwyr Bedrydant, meaning "Bedivere of the Perfect Sinews." 

  15. BEL: Welsh myth name of an ancestor deity, meaning "shining." The name was derived from the same root (bel) as Celtic Belenus, but Bel's character and attributes are said to be much different. 

  16. BELI: Variant spelling of Welsh Bel, meaning "shining."

  17. BERWYN: Welsh name composed of the Celtic elements bàrr "head, top," and (g)wyn "fair, white," hence "fair-headed."

  18. BRAITH: Welsh unisex name derived from the word brith, meaning "diversely-colored," especially black and white or red and white.

  19. BRAN: Welsh name meaning "crow" or "raven." In mythology, this is the name of a giant king of Britain known as Bran the Blessed, who was killed attacking Ireland. Compare with other forms of Bran.
  20. BRENIN: Welsh form of Celtic Brennus, meaning "king."
  21. BRENIN LLWYD: Welsh myth name of a being believed to inhabit the mountains of Snowdonia, composed of the names Brenin "king" and Llwyd "gray-haired," hence "grey-haired king."
  22. BRIN: Variant spelling of Welsh unisex Bryn, meaning "hill."
  23. BRODERICK: Welsh surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of the personal name Rhydderch, meaning "reddish-brown."
  24. BRYCHAN: Welsh myth name of the father of Eleri, derived from the word brych, meaning "pied, spotted, speckled." 
  25. BRYN: Welsh unisex name meaning "hill."
  26. BRYNMOR: Welsh name meaning "great hill."
  27. BRYNN: Variant spelling of Welsh unisex Bryn, meaning "hill."
  28. CADELL: Old Irish and Welsh name composed of cad "battle" and the diminutive suffix -ell, hence "little battle."
  29. CADEYRN: Welsh legend name of the second son of Guorthigern (English Vortigern), composed of the elements cad "battle" and teyrn "lord, king," hence "battle lord."
  30. CADFAEL: Welsh name composed of the elements cad "battle" and fael/mail "prince," hence "battle prince." This is a very rare name with only one instance found recorded, the name of a saint also known as Cadoc and Catmail.
  31. CADFAN: Welsh name composed of the elements cad "battle" and fan(g) "raven," hence "battle raven." 
  32. CADOC: Welsh name derived from the word cad, meaning "battle."
  33. CADOMEDD: Welsh name meaning "battle-shirker."
  34. CADWALADER: Welsh name composed of the elements cad "battle" and gwaladr "leader," hence "battle leader."
  35. CADWALLADER: Variant spelling of Welsh Cadwalader, meaning "battle leader."
  36. CADWGAWN: Welsh myth name mentioned in the Mabinogion, composed of the elements cad "battle" and gwogawn "honor, glory," hence "battle glory."
  37. CAERWYN: Variant spelling of Welsh Carwyn, meaning "fair love."
  38. CAI: Welsh name, possibly derived from Latin Caius, meaning "lord." In Arthurian legend, this was the name of a Knight of the Round Table. Compare with another form of Cai.
  39. CARADAWC: Variant spelling of Welsh Caradawg, meaning "dearly loved."
  40. CARADAWG: Medieval form of Welsh Caradoc, derived from the root car "love," meaning "dearly loved."
  41. CARADOC: Variant spelling of Welsh Caradog, meaning "dearly loved." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a Knight of the Round Table. He was husband to Tegau Eurfon (their love was called one of the three surpassing bonds of Britain). He was Arthur's chief elder at Celliwig, and had a horse named Luagor ("host-splitter"). Sir Caradoc was also known as Briefbras ("short arm"), the French translation of Welsh freichfras, meaning "strong arm."
  42. CARADOG: A derivative of ancient Welsh Caradawg, meaning "dearly loved."
  43. CARWYN: Modern Welsh name composed of the elements cār "love" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, pure, white," hence "fair love."
  44. CATMAIL: Welsh name meaning "battle prince." Other forms of the name include Cadoc and Cadfael.
  45. CATTEGIRN: Welsh form of Celtic Cadeyrn, meaning "battle lord." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a son of Vortigern.
  46. CEFIN: Welsh form of Irish Gaelic Caémgen, meaning "little comely one."
  47. CELYDDON: Welsh name meaning "wood-dweller." In mythology, this is the name of the father of Culhwch.
  48. CELYN: Welsh name meaning "holly."
  49. CERI: Welsh unisex name meaning "to love." 
  50. CLEDWYN: Welsh name composed of the elements caled "hard, rough" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white," hence "hardy and fair."
  51. CULHWCH: Welsh Arthurian legend name of a cousin of King Arthur and hero of the story Culhwch and Olwen, composed of the elements cul "something narrow and straight" and hwch "pig, sow," hence "pig's run." While still pregnant with Culhwch, Goleuddydd went mad after being frightened by a herd of swine. Culhwch was found in the pigs' run by the swineherd and taken to his father. Years later, his stepmother wanted him to marry her daughter; angered by his refusal, she cursed him so that he could never marry anyone but the beautiful Olwen, daughter of Ysbaddaden, a fierce giant who was cursed to die if his daughter ever married. 
  52. CYNDDELW: Old Welsh name, probably of Celtic origin, meaning "exalted effigy." 
  53. CYNWRIG: Old Welsh name meaning "high hill." 
  54. CYSTENIAN: Welsh form of Latin Constantine, meaning "steadfast."
  55. DAFYDD: Modern form of Welsh Dewydd, meaning "beloved." 
  56. DAI: Pet form of Welsh Dafydd, meaning "beloved." Compare with other forms of Dai.
  57. DEINIOL: Welsh form of Hebrew Daniyel, meaning "God is my judge." 
  58. DELWYN: Welsh unisex name composed of the elements del "pretty" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white," hence "pretty and fair."
  59. DEROG: Welsh form of Latin Ferox, meaning "the arrogant one" or "the obstinate one."
  60. DEWI: Contracted form of Welsh Dewydd, meaning "beloved." 
  61. DEWYDD: Welsh form of Hebrew David, meaning "beloved."
  62. DILLON: English form of Welsh Dylan, meaning "great sea."
  63. DILWYN: Welsh name composed of the elements dilys "genuine, steadfast, true" and (g)wyn "blessed, fair, holy, white," hence "truly blessed."
  64. DRYSTAN: Welsh Arthurian legend name of a Knight of the Round Table best remembered as the lover of Esyllt (French: Tristan and Iseult). But the earliest texts hint at a character who was far more than just a lover; he was a master of deception and had the ability to shape-shift, a definite attribute of a trickster. In the Cymric Trioedd, Esyllt is his uncle's wife; with the help of the swineherd, Drystan arranges for a secret tryst with her, but Arthur shows up unexpectedly wanting to steal some of his uncle's swine, and Drystan somehow outwits the Forever King. 
         The name has been associated with Latin tristis "sad," referring to the tragic fate of the young "lover." It has been linked with Pictish drust of unknown meaning, and Celtic drest, "riot, tumult." The latter comes closest to fitting his true character; compare with Old English þr�st/þríste: "bold, daring, rash, audacious," and even "shameless." 
  65. DYFED: Probably another form of Welsh Dewydd (Hebrew David), meaning "beloved." Also spelled Dafydd.
  66. DYL: Short form of Welsh Dylan, meaning "great sea."
  67. DYLAN: Welsh name composed of the elements dy "great" and llanw "sea," hence "great sea." In mythology, this is the name of a sea god, son of Aranrhod, and twin brother to Lleu Llaw Gyffes.
  68. EILIAN: Welsh unisex name probably derived from the word eilio, meaning "second, a moment in time." This was the name of a saint who is said to have performed miraculous cures and after whom the place Ffynnon Eilian (St. Elian's well) was named. 
  69. EINION: Welsh name probably derived from the word einion, meaning "anvil."
  70. ELIAN: Variant spelling of Welsh unisex Eilian, probably meaning "second, a moment in time." 
  71. ELIDYR: Welsh name meaning "brass, bronze." 
  72. ELIS: Welsh form of Greek Elias, meaning "the Lord is my God." 
  73. ELISUD: Welsh name derived from the word elus, meaning "kind."
  74. ELYAN: Perhaps a masculine form of Welsh unisex Eilian, meaning "second, a moment in time." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a Knight of the Round Table. He was the illegitimate son of Sir Bors, and cousin to Lancelot. He is noted for helping to rescue Guinevere after her affair with Lancelot was exposed. He joined Lancelot in his exile. Also spelled Helyan.
  75. EMLYN: Welsh unisex form of German Emmeline, meaning "work."
  76. EMRYS: Welsh form of Latin Ambrosius, meaning "immortal."
  77. EMYR: Welsh name meaning "king."
  78. ENFYS: Welsh unisex name meaning "rainbow."
  79. ERCWLFF: Welsh form of Latin Hercules, meaning "glory of Hera."
  80. EUGEIN: Old Welsh form of Greek Eugenios, meaning "well born."
  81. EUGUEIN: Old Welsh form of Greek Eugenios, meaning "well born."
  82. EURIG: Welsh name derived from the element aur, meaning "gold."
  83. EWEIN: Welsh form of French Yvain, meaning "well born."
  84. FLOYD: Variant form of Welsh Lloyd, meaning "gray-haired."
  85. FOLANT: Welsh form of Latin Valentinus, meaning "healthy, strong."
  86. GARETH: Perhaps a backformation of Welsh Geraint arrived at via Celtic Gahareet, meaning "old." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a Knight of the Round Table, the son of Lot and Morgause, therefore Arthur's nephew. A very popular name in Wales. In use by the English.
  87. GARRETH: Variant spelling of Welsh Gareth, possibly meaning "old."
  88. GARTH: Contracted form of Welsh Gareth, possibly meaning "old." Compare with another form of Garth.
  89. GERAINT: Welsh name of Latin origin, meaning "old." In Arthurian legend, this is the name of a valiant Knight and king of Dumnonia where King Arthur is said to have been a member of the Royal house. He was the son of Erbin, and brother to Ermind and Dywel. He was called one of the "Three Seafarers of the Isle of Britain" in the Welsh Triads. He is most famous as the lover of Enid in Geraint and Enid.
  90. GERALLT: Welsh form of Latin Geraldus, meaning "spear ruler."
  91. GETHEN: Variant spelling of Welsh Gethin, meaning "dark, swarthy."
  92. GETHIN: Welsh name derived from the Celtic byname Cethin, meaning "dark, swarthy."
  93. GLAW: Welsh unisex name meaning "rain."
  94. GLYN: Welsh name derived from the word glyn, meaning "valley."
  95. GLYNDWR: Welsh byname transferred to forename use, composed of the elements glyn "valley" and dwr "water," hence "valley water."
  96. GLYNN: Variant spelling of Welsh Glyn, meaning "valley."
  97. GOFANNON: Welsh form of Irish Goibniu, meaning "smith." In mythology, this is the name of a smith god, the son of Dôn.
  98. GORLASSAR: Old Welsh epithet belonging to Uther Pendragon, possibly meaning "above the blue" or "higher than the sky."
  99. GORONWY: Welsh name of unknown etymology. In mythology, this is the name of the lover of Blodeuwedd
  100. GOVANNON: Variant spelling of Welsh Gofannon, meaning "smith." In mythology, this is the name of a smith god, the son of Dôn.
  101. GRIFFIN: Variant spelling of Welsh Gruffin, meaning "(?) chief/lord." Compare with other forms of Griffin.
  102. GRIGOR: Welsh form of Latin Gregorius, meaning "watchful; vigilant."
  103. GRIPIUD: Variant spelling of Welsh Grippiud, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  104. GRIPPIUD: Old Welsh name composed of the elements grip (unknown meaning) and iud "chief, lord," hence "(?) chief/lord."
  105. GRONW: Variant spelling of Welsh Goronwy. Meaning unknown.
  106. GRUFFIN: Welsh name derived from Latin Gruffinus, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  107. GRUFFUD: Variant spelling of Welsh Gruffudd, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  108. GRUFFUDD: Derived from Welsh Grippiud, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  109. GRUFFYDD: Variant spelling of Welsh Gruffudd, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  110. GRWN: Welsh name meaning "ridge."
  111. GUORTHIGERN: Old Welsh name composed of the elements gor "over" and tigern "king, lord," hence "high lord" or "overlord." 
  112. GUORTHIGIRN: Variant spelling of Old Welsh Guorthigern, meaning "high lord" or "overlord."
  113. GUTO: Pet form of Welsh Gruffudd, meaning "(?) chief/lord."
  114. GWALCHGWYN: Old Welsh name composed of the elements gwalch "hawk" and gwyn "white," hence "white hawk." This is one of two names from which Arthurian Gawain may have been derived; the other possibility is Gwalchmei.
  115. GWALCHMAI: Variant spelling of Welsh Gwalchmei, meaning "May hawk."
  116. GWALCHMEI: Old Welsh name composed of the elements gwalch "hawk" and Mei "May," hence "May hawk." This was the name of a Celtic sun god. It is one of two names from which Arthurian Gawain may have been derived; the other possibility is Gwalchgwyn.
  117. GWALLTAFWYN: In Welsh Arthurian legend, this is an epithet belonging to Sir Gawain, meaning "hair like rain."
  118. GWALLTER: Welsh form of Old High German Walther, meaning "ruler of the army."
  119. GWIL: Short form of Welsh Gwilym, meaning "will-helmet."
  120. GWILIM: Variant spelling of Welsh Gwilym, meaning "will-helmet."
  121. GWILLYM: Variant spelling of Welsh Gwilym, meaning "will-helmet."
  122. GWILYM: Welsh form of German Wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."
  123. GWLEDIG: Old Welsh name derived from the word gwledig, meaning "ruler."
  124. GWRGENAU: Welsh name composed of the elements gwr "man, warrior" and cenau "whelp, young dog." In heroic poetry, Gwrgenau was used as a term for a "ferocious warrior."
  125. GWRI: Welsh myth name of Teyrnon's adopted son, "Gwri of the golden hair," who grew to full adulthood in seven years, meaning "bloom."
  126. GWRTHEYRN: Middle Welsh form of Old Welsh Guorthigern, meaning "high lord" or "overlord."
  127. GWYN: Welsh unisex name meaning "fair, holy, white." In mythology this is a masculine name. In Welsh mythology, it is the name of the ruler of the underworld (Annwn) where he escorted the souls of the dead. In Arthurian legend, Gwyn ap Nudd ("fair/white son of Nudd") was the abductor of the maiden Creiddylad after her elopement with Gwythr ap Greidawl, a long-time rival of his. He helped Culhwch hunt the boar Twrch Trwyth, and in later legends he was king of the "fair folk" (tylwyth teg).
  128. GWYNEDD: Modern Welsh unisex name derived from the name of the medieval Kingdom of Gwynedd, meaning "happiness."
  129. GWYNFOR: Welsh name composed of the elements gwyn "fair, holy, white" and mawr "great, large," hence "very fair" or "very holy."
  130. GWYNN: Variant spelling of Welsh unisex Gwyn, meaning "fair, holy, white."
  131. GWYTHYR: Welsh form of Roman Latin Victor, meaning "conqueror."
  132. HADYN: Welsh form of Gaelic Áedán, meaning "little fire."
  133. HALWN: Welsh Arthurian legend name meaning "salt." In Culhwch and Olwen, this is the name of the father of Huarwar, noted for having asked King Arthur so great a boon that once granted it brought about a plague. 
  134. HALWYN: Variant spelling of Welsh Halwn, meaning "salt."
  135. HARRI: Welsh form of Latin Henricus, meaning "home-ruler." Compare with other forms of Harri.
  136. HAUL: Welsh name meaning "sun."
  137. HEDDWYN: Modern Welsh name composed of the elements hedd "peace" and (g)wyn "fair, holy, white," hence "holy peace."
  138. HEFEYDD: Welsh name of uncertain etymology, possibly from haf, meaning "summer." In Celtic mythology, this is the name of the father of Rhiannon
  139. HEFIN: Welsh name derived from the word haf, meaning "summer." 
  140. HEILYN: Welsh name meaning "winebearer." In mythology, this is the name of the son of Gwyn and survivor of Bran and Matholwch's war. He is noted for being the one to open the magic door through which the seven survivors escape from the island of Gwales.
  141. HELYAN: Variant spelling of Welsh Elyan, possibly meaning "second, a moment in time."
  142. HENBEDDESTYR: Welsh name meaning "old pedestrian."
  143. HENWAS: Welsh name meaning "old servant."
  144. HEULOG: Welsh unisex name meaning "sunny."
  145. HENWYNEB: Welsh name meaning "old face."
  146. HOPCYN: Welsh form of English Hopkin, meaning "son of Hob."
  147. HUARWAR: Welsh Arthurian legend name meaning "the hungry." In Culhwch and Olwen, this is the name of a son of Halwn who was called one of the three plagues of Cornwall. 
  148. HUARWOR: Variant spelling of Welsh Huarwar, meaning "the hungry."
  149. HUW: Welsh form of French Hugues, meaning "heart," "mind," or "spirit."
  150. HYWEL: Old Welsh byname transferred to forename use, meaning "eminent, conspicuous."

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