Celtic Female Names of Cornwall

Celtic Female Names of Cornwall


Ailla (Il-lah) from Cornish word meaning "most beautiful".
Andras (AHN-dras) Cornish form of the ancient Celtic goddess of victory's name, Andraste.
Arranz (AHR-anz) from a Cornish word for "silver".

Banallan (bahn-AHL-en) from banal, the Cornish word for the flower of the broom plant. A woman's blonde hair is traditionaly compared to the brilliant yellow of the flower.
Berlewen (ber-LEW-en) Cornish name for the planet Venus.
Bersaba (ber-SAH-bah) Cornish form of the biblical name Bathsheba, popular until 18th C.
Beryan (BER-yan) Patron saint of St. Buryan's.
Breaca (BRAH-kah) from Old Irish brecc "freckled". St. Breaca traveled from Kildare, Ireland, to Cornwall where two churches are named for her.
Bryluen (bree-LOO-en) from Cornish breilu "a rose".

Chesten (CHEST-en) Cornish form of Christine. Popular in the 17th C.
Columba (koh-LUM-ba) Latin word for "dove". Early Cornish saint.
Conwenna (kawn-WEN-ah) from Cornish ci (cun) "wolf, hound" + gwen "shining, holy".
Cordelia (kohr-DEEL-yah) Traditional Cornish name; name of the faithful daughter in Wm. Shakespeare's King Lear. Cordula (kohr-DOO-lah).
Cryda (KREE-dah) from Old Irish name, Cred. St. Creed was an Irish princess who took religious vows, traveled, and founded several churches in Cornwall and Ireland. Creeda.

Delen (DEL-en) from Cornish word for "petal". Dim. form Delennyk (del-EN-uhk). Dellen.
Derowen (der-OH-wen) from Celtic derw "oak".
Derwa (DER-wah) from Celtic derw "oak". Name of early Cornish saint.
Dywana (de-WAH-nah) A legendary Cornish queen.

Elestren (el-ES-tren) from laister, Cornish word for "iris".
Elowen (el-OH-wan) from elew Cornish word for "elm".
Endelyon (en-DEL-yon) Name of early Cornish saint.
Esyld (ez-EELD) from British adsiltia "she who is gazed at". Common in the Middle Ages. Issot (i-SOT).

Gwenifer (GWEN-i-fer) Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfar (Guinevere). See also Jenifer.
Gwennol (GWEN-ohl) Cornish name of the bird "swallow".

Jenifer (JEN-i-fer) Cornish form of Welsh name Gwenhwyfer (Guinevere). May have meant "white-cheeked". The spelling with one 'n' is traditional. Jennifer.
Jenifry (JEN-i-free) Probably the Cornish form of Welsh Gwenfrewi. St. Gwenfrewi was an early martyr saint. Jenifree.
Jenna, Jana (JEN-uh, JAN-uh) Early Cornish forms of Jane, from the Norman French Jonet. Jowna (JOWN-uh or JOHN-uh).
Jowanet (JOO-a-net) Cornish feminine form of John.

Kayna (KAYN-ah) from Welsh cain "beautiful". Name of a 6th C. saint born in Wales, patron of St. Keyne in Cornwall, the site of her holy well. Kayna refused all suitors, choosing a life of religious solitude. In folk tradition, the first one of a married couple to drink from her well will dominate the relationship. Keyne (KAYN).
Kelyn (KEL-uhn) Cornish word for "holly".
Kensa (KEN-zah) from a Cornish word meaning "first".
Kerenza, Kerensa (ke-REN-zah) Cornish for "love, affection".
Kerra (KER-ah) Cornish word for "dearest".

Lowenek (loh-EN-ek) from Cornish lawenes "happiness, joy".

Mabyn (MAB-uhn) from British mab "son, boy". Name of a 6th C. Cornish saint.
Manacca (ma-NAH-kah) Early Cornish saint and abbess, sister of St. Seleven.
Mariot (mah-REE-ot) Cornish nickname for Mary.
Marya (mah-REE-ah) Cornish form of Mary.
Melwyn (MEL-win) from Cornish mel "honey" + gwen "shining, holy".
Melyonen (mel-YOHN-en) from Cornish word for the flower "violet".
Melyor (MEL-yohr) from Cornish mel "honey". Very old name that was popular in 17th C. and 18th C. Meliora (mel-YOHR-ah).
Morgelyn (mohr-GEL-in) Cornish word for "sea holly".
Morvoren (mohr-VOHR-en) Cornish word for "mermaid".
Morwenna (mohr-WEN-ah) from Cornish mor "sea" + gwen "shining, holy". St. Morwenna's Feast day-July 5.
Morwennol (mohr-WEN-ol) from Cornish mor "sea" + gwennol "sparrow". Bardic name of Phoebe Proctor, a Cornish writer.

Nessa (NES-ah) Cornish for "second".
Newlyna (noo-LEE-nah) Name of an early saint.
Nonna (NAW-nuh) Patron saint of Altarnon and Pelynt. Nonna is especially revered in Wales and Brittany as the mother of St. David, patron saint of Wales.

Rozen (ROH-zen) Cornish word for "rose".
Rozenwyn (roh-ZEN-win) Cornish for "shining rose": rozen + gwyn "bright, shining".

Senara (ze-NAH-rah) An early saint, patron of Zennor.
Sevi (ZEV-ee) Cornish word for "strawberry".

Talwyn (TAHL-win) from tal "forehead" + gwyn "bright, shining".
Tamara (tah-MAHR-ah) Name of the goddess of the river Tamar, the traditional boundary between England and Cornwall.
Tamon (TAM-on) from Cornish word for the plant "sea-pink". Bardic nameof Mary Truran, youngest person to become a member of the Cornish Gorsedh of the Bards.
Tamsyn (TAM-zuhn) Medieval Cornish feminine dim. of Thomas. Popular until 18th C., then fell out of use, but making a comeback.
Teca (TEK-ah) Cornish word for "fairer".
Tressa (TRES-ah) Cornish word for "third".

Wilmot, Wylmet (WIL-met) Cornish feminine form of William. Popular until after the 18th C., but making a comeback.

Ygerna (ig-AYR-nah) Cognate with Welsh eigr "fair maiden". Name of King Arthur's mother, who was the wife of Gorlois, Duke of Cornwall. Igerna.

Zethar (ZETH-ahr) Cornish word for "seagull".