What Are Welsh Names About?
Names give us a way to identify each other and ourselves. Often, they are family names that have special meaning for us. Welsh names are no exception.
To understand Welsh names, it helps to know a bit about the Welsh language. Welsh came from early Celtic people who settled in the area of Wales. Welsh is a phonetic language, and each letter must be pronounced; there are no silent letters. For example, the place name Coed (meaning “woods”) is pronounced ko’ed.
It’s also useful to know that w and y are vowels.