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Welsh baby boy names
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Info requested by our visitors
In their search for Welsh baby names people become interested in researching their own surname or family name and First Name. We have therefore included this information to meet the requests of our visitors.
Welsh Surnames - Info requested by our visitors
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 Name!
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 task!
The meanings of Welsh baby names
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 names!
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!
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