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The top 20 Welsh girls names (and their meanings)

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The top 20 Welsh girls names

It sounds simple doesn’t it, choosing the perfect name for your new arrival? Yet, unlike the bedroom colour scheme or the outfit your little girl wears in her first photo, her name is something you’ll want to get right.

The options are endless. You can start by looking into naming trends or check out the most popular baby names to kick things off. If you need more guidance, you can pick anything from a girly name to a moniker inspired by feminism or even a stylish Scandinavian name full of mystique.

If you're Welsh or of Welsh heritage, you can choose to embrace your roots and give your baby girl a traditional Welsh name. If you don't have any Welsh blood but simply love these adorable names then we don't blame you - we do too! Have a look through this list, your little girl will be climbing the Brecon Beacons before you know it!

Top 20 Welsh baby girls names:

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1) Megan

One of the most popular Welsh names of all time, this beautiful name means ‘pearl’. She might not be the only Megan in her class, but you can always shorten her name to the equally adorable ‘Meg’.
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2) Seren

This lovely name means ‘star’ – the perfect name for your little one to live up to!
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3) Ffion

Meaning ‘foxglove’, this cute floral name might baffle anyone outside Wales, but we think it’s a great choice. Pronounced ‘fee-on’ for those who don’t speak Welsh.
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4) Branwen

In Welsh mythology, Branwen was the Welsh goddess of love and beauty, who later turned into a bird. Popular in Wales, Branwen means ‘blessed raven’.
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5) Carys

A Welsh name that comes from the world ‘caru’, meaning ‘love’. A name that perfectly sums up exactly what your new arrival means to you!
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6) Lowri

Meaning ‘laurel’, this floral name is the Welsh version of Laura. Pretty popular throughout Wales, famous Lowri’s include marathon runner and TV presenter, Lowri Morgan – A traditional name that means ‘circle’ or ‘sea’, this is also a great choice if you haven’t actually found out the sex of your baby!
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7) Elin

A variation of the name Ellen, Elin spiked in popularity after the (now ex) Mrs-Tiger-Woods made the front page of the papers. Don’t let that put you off though, this beautiful name means ‘bright, shining light’.
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8) Anwen

One of the most traditional Welsh names you can find (and more unusual than the very similar Branwen), Anwen means ‘very fair and beautiful’. The perfect name for your blonde baby!
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9) Efa

A variation of the name Eve, this cute name means ‘alive’.
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10) Reese

We’ve got the Oscar-winning Reese Witherspoon to thank for putting this name on the popular girl’s name list. Formally thought of as a male name, Reese means ‘ardent’ or ‘fiery’.
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11) Rhiannon

The Fleetwood Mac song put Rhiannon on the map, but this name is still classically Welsh. Pronounced ‘ree-an-on’ and meaning ‘divine queen’, in Welsh mythology, Rhiannon was known for being forthright and witty.
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12) Guinevere

A popular name for Tennyson fans, this traditional name means ‘white shadow’ or ‘white wave’. Don’t worry if she’s not the only Guinevere in the class, this name is often shortened to Gwyn.
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13) Sian

A Welsh variation of the name Jane, the Welsh Sian means ‘God’s gracious gift’. Pronounced ‘shahn’, famous Sian’s include journalist and BBC presenter Sian Williams.
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14) Bethan

A form of the English name Elizabeth, meaning ‘daughter or worshipper of God’, this popular name can be shortened to the equally lovely ‘Beth’.
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15) Nia

A name that doesn’t have any particular meaning, Nia has been popular amongst Welsh parents for years, made popular by the poet T Gwynn Jones in the 19th Century. Famous Nia’s include TV actress Nia Caron and Dr Who actress Nia Robert.
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16) Eira

A Welsh word that means ‘snow’, this is a popular choice for winter babies! Pronounced ‘ay-ra’ or ‘i-ra’.
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17) Delyth

Meaning ‘pretty’ and ‘blessed’, Delyth is still pretty unusual. Pronounced ‘del-ith’, this is a nice, alternative choice!
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18) Llio

Pronounced ‘lee-oh’, this cute, unusual name is originally a version of Gwenllian.
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19) Conwenna

A popular choice for lovers of the great poet William Blake, Conwenna means ‘uncertain’, but don’t let that put you off!
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20) Glenda

Meaning ‘fair and good’, this Welsh name might have a vintage feel to it, but we think that adds to the charm.

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