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mother or father of a new baby, a member of the family
or a close friend you are sharing in a major life event
and taking a serious interest in choosing a special baby
name from one of the many that are available.
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Welsh Surnames - Info
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In their search for Welsh babynames people become
interested in their own surname or family surname. We
have therefore included this information to meet the
requests of our visitors.
Surnames from Wales -It has been estimated that about
nine-tenths of the Welsh population answer to a total of
just one hundred surnames. Examples of Welsh surnames
are Bennett, Beynon, Davis, Ellis, Evans, Griffiths,
Jones, Lewis, Llewelyn, Lloyd, Owen, Pritchard, Pugh,
Powell, Price, Meredith, Thomas, Trewent, Yorath and
Williams. Welsh surnames make use of patronymics as
opposed to fixed surnames. Patronymics are of , relating
to, or derived from the name of one's father or a
paternal ancestor. The Welsh patronymics surnames system
used the prefixes ab or ap (meaning son of) such as ap
Rhys (for son of Rhys) or ab Owen (for son of Owen).
This lead to many surnames beginning with the letters B
and P. The letter A was dropped from ap and ab. The name
ap Howell was thus shortened to Phowell and gradually
this then lead to the surname Powell.
- Bowen from 'ab Owen' son of Owen
- Price from 'ap Rhys' for son of Rhys
- Pritchard from 'ap Richard' son of Richard
Welsh First Names
The Importance of a First
We respond to our name throughout our lives. People
associate us with our first name, it forms part of our
identity. They help to distinguish us from one to
another. Other people gain immediate and sometimes
totally subconscious views of people, just from hearing
a name they can therefore give us a distinct advantage
in life, or conversely, a disadvantage! The choice of a
name is, therefore, incredibly important. And those of
us who choose a baby's name are taking on a responsible
The meanings of Welsh baby
Meanings of a name are only really important to the
person that they belong to! They are not actually
interesting to anyone else! To give credence to this
statement ask yourself the following questions...
- Do I know the name meanings of my parents?
- Do I know the name meanings of my partner?
The answer for the vast majority of people will be a
resounding "No!". They are, however, interesting when
trying to decide upon a Welsh baby name. If you are
undecided, perhaps the meaning of a name would help you
make a final decision.
Origins of the Welsh name include place names, those
related to mythology and history, origins from colours,
plants and other types of nature, Fictional origins,
historical origins, characteristic and religious
origins. We then move on to the genre which can be
classed as Descriptive, Place, Speciality and finally
unique (or created name's).
Questions about Welsh
At one time or another most of us have posed some the
following questions about our own names...
- What does my name mean?
- Why did my parents choose the name?
- Are there any strong family connections?
- Where did it originate?
- Why was I given such a popular name?
- Why was I given such an unusual name?
What Welsh baby name shall
I give to my baby?
Will the baby name suit my baby? Should it be
traditional, unusual, unique, exotic, popular or cool?
Will it be suitable throughout all life phases ( "A Name
isn't just for a birthday - it's for life!"). Will it be
appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with
baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults
- parents - middle age - retirement and ending with old
age. Will it suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will
the schoolchild be teased mercilessly about a name? What
will your baby think of your choice?
Help is at hand when
making a choice from Welsh baby names!
The various sections included in www. babynames. org. uk
accessed via the Site Map will provide answers to all of
your questions regarding the choice of first names. And
our exclusive Name Evaluator will help you avoid any of
the many pitfalls!
Want to know more?
Further information about surnames and Genealogy can be
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