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From the Welsh adjective balch, which has a range of meanings—"fine", "splendid", "proud", "arrogant", "glad"—but the predominant meaning is "proud" and from this the family name probably derives.
BLACKSMITH English, Welsh, Scottish
This last name is an occupation last name. A "blacksmith" means a person who makes and repairs things in iron by hand.
The same as Blaen, a point, the inland extremity of a valley. Blin also signifies weary, troublesome.
Anglicized form of Welsh ap Llwyd ‘son of Llwyd’.
Recorded as Blethin, Bleythin, Bleything, Blythin, and others, this is a surname which has Welsh royal connections. It derives from the Ancient British personal name "Bleddyn," translating as the son of Little Wolf... [more]
BRAGG English, Welsh
From a nickname for a cheerful or lively person, derived from Middle English bragge
meaning "lively, cheerful, active", also "brave, proud, arrogant".
BRODERICK Irish, Welsh, English
Surname which comes from two distinct sources. As a Welsh surname it is derived from ap Rhydderch
meaning "son of RHYDDERCH
". As an Irish surname it is an Anglicized form of Ó Bruadair
meaning "descendent of Bruadar"... [more]
BWYE Welsh (Rare)
many of this name moved from south wales to india to work for the east india company around 1900's then came back to wales.
From the Welsh male personal name Cadog
, a pet-form of CADFAEL
(a derivative of Welsh cad
From the Welsh male personal name Cadwgan
, literally probably "battle-scowler". Cadogan Estate is an area of Chelsea and Belgravia, including Cadogan Square, Sloane Street and Sloane Square, owned by the earls of Cadogan, descended from Charles Sloane Cadogan (1728-1807), 1st Earl Cadogan.
Possibly derived from the River Cale. A famous barer of this name is Welsh musician John Cale (1942- ).
CHALLONER French, Welsh
Derived from a town in France of the same name. This family derive their origin from Macloy Crum, of the line of chiefs in Wales, who resided several years in Challoner.
This indicates familial origin near the River Clwyd.
CONWAY Welsh, Scottish, Irish
As a Welsh surname, it comes from the name of a fortified town on the coast of North Wales (Conwy formerly Conway), taken from the name of the river on which it stands. The river name Conwy
may mean "holy water" in Welsh.... [more]
CORBETT English, Scottish, Welsh
Nickname from Norman French corbet
meaning 'little crow, raven'. This surname is thought to have originated in Shropshire. The surname was taken by bearers to Scotland in the 12th Century, and to Northern Ireland in the 17th Century.... [more]
DAVEY English, Welsh
Derived from the given name DAVID
. Alternately, it may be a variant spelling of Welsh DAVIES
, which could be patronymic forms of DAVID
, or corrupted forms of Dyfed
, an older Welsh surname and the name of a county in Wales.
Patronymic from the personal name Dai, a pet form of Dafydd, with the redundant addition of the English patronymic suffix -s.
DYE English, Welsh
English: from a pet form of the personal name DENNIS
. In Britain the surname is most common in Norfolk, but frequent also in Yorkshire. Welsh is also suggested, but 1881 and UK both show this as an East Anglian name - very few in Wales.
EDEVANE Welsh, Cornish
A rare Welsh surname, believed to be of Cornish origin. This surname is made up of two elements. ‘Ed’ is not a shortened form of Edward, but derives from the ancient (Old English?) ‘ead’ meaning ‘prosperity’ and/or ‘happiness’... [more]
ESAU Welsh, German
From the Biblical personal name Esau, meaning ‘hairy’ in Hebrew (Genesis 25:25).
ESTES Welsh, Spanish, English
a popular surname derived from the House of Este. It is also said to derive from Old English and have the meaning "of the East." As a surname, it has been traced to southern England in the region of Kent, as early as the mid-16th century.
FIRTH English, Scottish, Welsh
English and Scottish: topographic name from Old English (ge)fyrhþe
‘woodland’ or ‘scrubland on the edge of a forest’.... [more]
Originally spelled Ffrost (the double ff is a Welsh letter). The Welsh word ffrost refered to someone who is excessively bold or a brag, especially with regard to warrior feats. Edmund Ffrost signed his name this way on the ship's register of the boat which brought him to the Massachussett's Bay Colony in 1631... [more]
Means "battlefield" in Welsh. Comes from the Welsh word gad
which means battlefield.
GAINES English, Norman, Welsh
English (of Norman origin): nickname for a crafty or ingenious person, from a reduced form of Old French engaine
‘ingenuity’, ‘trickery’ (Latin ingenium
‘native wit’). The word was also used in a concrete sense of a stratagem or device, particularly a trap.... [more]
From the Welsh personal name Gutyn
, a pet form of GRUFFYDD
, with the redundant addition of English patronymic -s
Possibly a patronymic from a byname from Welsh cethin
Nickname meaning "gray, green, silver-haired".
GLYNN Welsh, Cornish
Topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Welsh glyn
, Cornish glin
, or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
Nickname for a red-haired person, from Welsh coch
Welsh. Derivitive of Gwynn. Modified in the 19th century when the family came to the United States.
Variant spelling of "Hanmer", parish in Flintshire.
A Welsh topographical surname, deviring from 'Hand', a cock, and 'Mere', a lake. A parish in Flintshire, now Wrexham.
A combination of the Welsh adjective 'hy', meaning 'bold' or 'presumptuous' and the common Welsh personal name 'Rhys'. This surname is common in South Wales and the English West Country and has an official Welsh tartan... [more]
HAVERFORD Welsh, English
Haverford's name is derived from the name of the town of Haverfordwest in Wales, UK
HAY English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Frisian
Scottish and English: topographic name for someone who lived by an enclosure, Middle English hay(e)
(Old English (ge)hæg
, which after the Norman Conquest became confused with the related Old French term haye
‘hedge’, of Germanic origin)... [more]
HENCE German, English, Welsh
An American spelling variant of HENTZ
derived from a German nickname for HANS
or from an English habitation name found in Staffordshire or Shropshire and meaning "road or path" in Welsh.
Derived from the name of an ancestor meaning "Son of Anwyl"
Comes from Hick, a Welsh diminutive of RICHARD
, so it literally means "Richard's men".
HOYLE Welsh, English
Derived from Old English holh
meaning "hole". It is thought to have originally been a name for someone who lived in a round hollow or near a pit.
JENKS English, Welsh
English (also found in Wales) patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jenk
, a back-formation from JENKIN
with the removal of the supposed Anglo-Norman French diminutive suffix -in
While the ancestors of the bearers of Joines came from ancient Welsh-Celtic origins, the name itself has its roots in Christianity. This surname comes from the personal name John, which is derived from the Latin Johannes... [more]
KENYON English, Welsh
Kenyon is a surname from Wales meaning "a person from Ennion's Mound"
KIDWELL Welsh, English
The origins of this surname are uncertain, but it may be derived from Middle English kidel
"fish weir", denoting a person who lived by a fish weir or made his living from it, or from an English place called Kiddal
, probably meaning "Cydda's corner of land" from the Old English given name Cydda
"nook or corner of land".
Original Welsh form of "Lewis" used by the former Royal Family of Wales. Most people with the surname "Lewis" derive from the Royal Family. Very few people still have the surname "Llewys," but it is not unheard of.
A Welsh surname derived from 'map Neely' or 'son of Neely'
MCHALE Irish, Welsh
From the Irish Mac Céile
, a patronymic from the byname Céile
, meaning "companion." This was the surname of a Mayo family, tenants of church lands. ... [more]
From the personal name Maredudd
. In Welsh the stress is on the second syllable. The Old Welsh form is Morgetiud
, of which the first element may mean "pomp, splendor" and the second is iudd
Derived from either the personal name Meuric, which is the Welsh form of MAURICE
, or ultimately from the Latin personal name Mauritius, which means "dark".
MOYLE Cornish, Welsh
Cornish and Welsh: descriptive nickname meaning ‘bald’, from Cornish moyl
, Welsh moel
NARAMOR English, Welsh
Naramor, also Narramore or Naramore, is a corruption of Northmore, and has Welsh/English background. "More North"
Habitual surname for someone from Pembroke, a town in Wales.
PENROSE Cornish, Welsh
Originally meant "person from Penrose", Cornwall, Herefordshire and Wales ("highest part of the heath or moorland"). It is borne by the British mathematician Sir Roger Penrose (1931-).... [more]
From Welsh ap Hew
or ap Hugh
"son of HUGH
" (see PUGH
). A fictional bearer is Blind Pew, the blind pirate in Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island' (1883).
PRIVETT French, English, Welsh (?)
French, from the given name Privat (see PRIVATUS
). Also an English habitational name from a place so named in Hampshire, derived from Old English pryfet
SCURLOCK Welsh, Irish
Obscure, probably derived from 'ystog', a Welsh word meaning 'fortress'
TREVELYAN Welsh, Cornish
Derived from a place-name which originally meant "farmstead ' trev' or Tref (town in Welsh) of Elyan".
Derived from Welsh un
"one" and coed
though this surname has an exotic look & attracts legends, it has it's origins in the Lancashire place name Wolstencraft, from elements Wulfstan (personal name) + croft ("enclosure")
WYNN Welsh, English
The surname Wynn ,(also spelled Winn, and Gwynn), is derived from the Welsh element, Gwynn
, which can loosely be translated as "white" or "fair". It features in the name of the North Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd, (meaning "white head" or "white land")... [more]