Perry

Origin: English, Welsh Meaning: an English surname meaning “pear tree”. It’s also a Welsh surname from ap Herry meaning “son of Herry”, the later a medieval English form of Henry meaning “home ruler”. Perry or Peri is also a short form of Peregrine meaning “traveler, stranger” or “pilgrim”. Spelled Perri, it becomes an Italian surname derived from…

Nesta

Origin: Welsh, Italian Meaning: a Welsh diminutive of Agnes meaning “chaste”. There was also a Nest (aka Nesta) in 11th century Wales, known as the Helen of Wales in her time since both had been abducted because of their beauty which started a war. Nesta is also an Italian surname, a reduced form of medieval…

Merlin

Origin: Welsh, English Meaning: from Welsh Myrddin meaning “sea fortress”. Meaning: Merlin is a key figure in the King Arthur romance, a sorcerer who is Arthur’s closest adviser and ally. The name was Latinized into Merlinus by Geoffrey of Monmouth because its regular form, Merdinus, was similar to the Anglo-Norman word merde that meant excrement. Myrrdin Wyllt…

Tegwen

Origin: Welsh Meaning: from Welsh elements teg “fair,” or “beautiful” and gwen “blessed”.

Illtyd

Origin: Welsh Meaning: from Welsh il “multitude” and tud “land, people” meaning “multitide of land” or “multitude of people”. This is the name of a 5th or 6th century Welsh saint who founded an abbey in Glamorgan. Variants: Illtud, Eltut, Hildutus (Latin)

Ffion

Origin: Welsh Meaning: foxglove

March

Origin: Latin, Welsh,  English Meaning: from Latin Martius, named after the Roman god of wars Mars, whose name comes from Latin mas meaning “male” or “manly”. I’ve also seen it listed as a Welsh form of Mark (pronounced the same) which also comes from Mars. As well as being the third month of the year, march is…

Rhian

Origin: Welsh Meaning: from Welsh rhiain meaning “maiden” Variants: Rhianu It’s pronounced ree-an

Wendy

Origin: English Meaning: though J.M. Barrie created the name from a nickname meaning “friendly”, the name had been used prior to Peter Pan, possiby related to Welsh Gwendolen and other names beginning with the element gwen meaning “white, fair, blessed”. Wendy could also be the feminine form of Wendel/Wendelin meaning “vandal” Variants: Wendi, Wendie

Dillon

Origin: Irish, Welsh Meaning: debated, and numerous. Have you ever come across a name you think you know about but than you look it up and you realize that there are a lot of contradictory information about it? Well, this name was one of them. Originally I thought it was a variant spelling of Welsh…

Elain

Origin: Welsh Meaning: fawn Despite its similiarity to Elaine, Elain is different etymologically

Yvain

Origin: Welsh Meaning: a form of Owain, which either the Welsh form of Eugene (well born) or it comes from Welsh eoghunn (youth)

Dylana

Origin: Welsh Meaning: great tide, or great flow Dylana is the feminine form of Dylan

Jeston

Origin: Welsh Meaning: Welsh form of Justin, meaing “just, upright” Variants: Jesten, Justin

Meredith

Origin: Welsh Meaning: great lord or sea lord

Trevor

Origin: Welsh, English Meaning: big village, large settlement

Jennifer, Gwenhwyfar, Guinevere

Origin: Welsh, Cornish Meaning: fair, white, smooth Jennifer is the Cornish form of the Welsh Gwenhwyfar; Guinevere is the Norman French form of it. Variants: Jenifer, Gwenhwyfar, Guinevere

Tristan

Origin: Celtic, Welsh, French Meaning: Old French form of Drustan, a diminutive of Drust which means “riot” or “tumult”; also associated with Latin tristis meaning sad Variants: Tristen, Tristyn, Triston, Tristram, Drystan, Tristão; Tristina (f), Tristine (f), Trista (f)

Enid

Origin: Welsh Meaning: soul or life