Celtic Baby Names: Traditional Names from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man

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This book is not just for parents! Adults seeking newer and better names for themselves and writers looking for meaningful and melodious names for literary characters will find wondrous treasures in Celtic Baby Names, a guide to over 1200 traditional first names from the six Celtic languages: Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, Breton, Welsh, Cornish, and Manx.

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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Overview

This book is not just for parents! Adults seeking newer and better names for themselves and writers looking for meaningful and melodious names for literary characters will find wondrous treasures in Celtic Baby Names, a guide to over 1200 traditional first names from the six Celtic languages: Irish, Scottish, Gaelic, Breton, Welsh, Cornish, and Manx.

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780963608956
  • Publisher: Folkprint
  • Publication date: 9/5/1997
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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Judy Sierra is a folklorist and two-time winner of the American Folklore Society's Aesop Prize for the best children's folklore book of the years. Four of her books have been selected as Notable Books of the Year by the American Library Association. She holds an MA in Celtic Studies from UCLA, where she also received her Ph.D. in Folklore and Mythology.
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