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Many Celtic names are tantalizingly close to English ones, but with appealing twists, such as the Cornish Wyllow and Meryn, Breton...
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Many Celtic names are tantalizingly close to English ones, but with appealing twists, such as the Cornish Wyllow and Meryn, Breton Gaelle and Derrien, Irish Nessa and Cliona, and Welsh Bryn and Meriel.
Some Celtic names can be traced back two thousand years to a time when everyone understood their meanings. The Welsh Teyrnon meant 'divine prince', the Breton Gwencalon signified 'shining heart' and the Irish Riordan was 'royal poet'. The names of ancient Celtic queens and kings, heroes and heroines, saints and scholars have survived to the prersent day. The old Irish royal name Conchobar is now Conor, while the queenly Eithne evolved into Enya. Dylan, a name which means 'ocean' in Middle Welsh, was a mysterious sea-child in a medieval tale, but the name was seldom bestowed upon babies until 1914, when schoolmaster Gwilym Thomas gave it to his newborn son, a boy who would grow up to have the Celtic gift of poetry.
For names that are unique, authentic, and brimming with historical and mythical associations, look no further than Celtic Baby Names.