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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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