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A couple of days ago, in my post about Rhiannon, I mentioned the Mabinogion.
The first person to translate this collection of medieval tales into English was Lady Charlotte Guest (1812-1885). She wasn’t a native Welsh speaker, but learned the language after marrying Welsh businessman John Josiah Guest at the age of 21 and moving to Wales.
That marriage produced 10 children. Here are the names:
Charlotte Maria (b. 1834)
Ivor Bertie (b. 1835)
Katherine Gwladys (b. 1837)
Thomas Merthyr (b. 1838)
Montague John (b. 1839)
Augustus Frederick (b. 1840)
Arthur Edward (b. 1841)
Mary Enid Evelyn (b. 1843)
Constance Rhiannon (b. 1844)
Blanche Vere (b. 1847)
Many of the above, including Bertie, Montagu (without the e) and Vere, are family names on Charlotte’s side. Charlotte’s father Albemarle got another interesting family name.
Here are definitions for the four Welsh names:
Gwladys – A form of the the old Welsh name Gwladus. It might be based on the Welsh word gwlad, meaning “country.”
Merthyr – From the Welsh word merthyr, which means “martyr.” Records show that Thomas was born in the town of Merthyr Tydfil.
Enid – Found in the the Welsh legend of Geraint and Enid. It might be based on the Welsh word enaid, meaning “soul.”
Rhiannon – Found in the Mabinogion. It might mean “divine goddess” or “maid of Annwfn.”
If you could add an 11th name (first + middle) to this set, what combination would you choose and why? Gender is up to you.
Yesterday I posted about the top baby names in Scotland for 2007, so today I thought I’d mention some of the unique baby names. :)
Approximately 6,500 baby names were bestowed in Scotland in 2007. Of these, about 1,700 boy names and 2,400 girl names were unique (as in, given to only one child). Here’s a sampling of those unique names: