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Welsh Names. Tom Taylor. Historic Patronymics. In 1292, 48 per cent of Welsh names were patronymics, and in some parishes over 70 % By the 17th century the fixed surname was apparent in most of Wales although examples of the old naming tradition have been found in 19th century records.

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welsh names
Welsh Names
  • Tom Taylor
historic patronymics
Historic Patronymics
  • In 1292, 48 per cent of Welsh names were patronymics, and in some parishes over 70 %
  • By the 17th century the fixed surname was apparent in most of Wales although examples of the old naming tradition have been found in 19th century records
patronymics
Patronymics
  • Mab (Map) means “son of” in Welsh
    • Similar to Mac in Scottish or Mc in Irish
    • The Mab or Map reduced to just the final B or P
    • Bowen = Mab Owen, the son of Owen
    • Parry = Map Harry, son of Harry
    • Loads of early saints have these types of names: Bennion, Bevan, Prichart, Price,
    • Llewelyn ap Dafydd ab Ieuan ap Griffith ap Meredith
    • Upjohn (from ap John)
welsh s endings
Welsh “S” Endings
  • The Possessive or Genitive “S” ending means a possessive
  • Loads of the most popular Welsh names are of this type
  • Jones, Thomas, Roberts, Evans, Mathews, Williams, Lewis and Davis or Davies
celtic welsh names
Celtic Welsh Names
  • Surnames derived from pure Celtic sources -
  • Lloyd, Morgan, Gwynn, Vaughan, Meredith and Llewelyn
  • Bach > Bychan > Fychan > Vaughan
    • Small or Junior
place names
Place Names
  • Often some names would become so repetitive that they would be augmented with the home town
  • William Willaims, Pantycelyn is such a one.
  • Wrote Guide Us O Thou Great Jehovah and other hymns
name distribution in wales and england
Name Distribution in Wales and England
  • WALES
  • 1 Jones 13.84%
  • 2 Williams 8.91%
  • 3 Davies 7.09%
  • 4 Thomas 5.70
  • 5 Evans 5.46
  • 6 Roberts 3.69
  • 7 Hughes 2.98
  • 8 Lewis 2.97
  • 9 Morgan 2.63
  • 10 Griffiths 2.58  
  • Total55.85
occupational names in welsh
Occupational names in Welsh
  • few occupational surnames exist in Welsh
  • Wales is a dominantly agricultural society
  • limited number of occupation surnames
  • Gwas (servant) became the Welsh surname Wace
  • Crowther is another uncommon Welsh surname derived from crythor, the player of the crwth
  • The Welsh saer (carpenter) has become Sear/s around the Pembrokeshire-Carmarthenshire border
biblical names
Biblical Names
  • Most countries chose to use New Testament names, the Welsh were keen on OT names, often thought to be Jewish surnames in Wales
  • Aaron; Abraham/Abrahams; Daniel/Daniels; Elias (the Welsh form of Elisha); Emanuel/Emanuels; Enoch, Gabriel, Isaac/Isaacs, Joseph/Josephs; Moses; Samuel/Samuels; Solomon; Jeremiah
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