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A Bit About Celtic History

The Celts lived from around 750 BC to 12 BC. They were the most powerful people in central and northern Europe. There were many groups (tribes) of Celts, all speaking vaguely common languages.

Pronunciation of the Word "Celtic"

The word Celt comes from the Greek word, Keltoi, which means barbarians and is properly pronounced as "Kelt".

Celtic Baby Names

Many Celtic baby names for boys emphasize strength, heroism, and masculinity. Here are a few of my favourite Celtic boys' names:

Addis
Addis (add-is) means "flame."

Ardal
This means "high courage."

Ardan
Ardan means "a tall fellow" or "a male with high aspirations"

Art
This name is believed to be related to a keeper of bears (a sacred animal to the Celts)

Auley
(awl-ee) This means "a phantom" or "a marvel"

Auryn
(aw-rin) Auryn means "the golden one." (It probably has to do with hair color.)

B Names

Baird
Baird means "a bard or minstrel."

Banadel
Banadel is believed to mean "holy hill.." It is also the name of a medieval King

Barra
Barra means "warrior."

Brecon
This name means "badger."

Brice
Brice means "son of the ardent one."

Broc
Broc means "badger" (a sacred animal to the Celts).

C Names

Cameron (m or f)
This name is used or a male or a female. It comes from the Scottish words 'cam' for "bent," and 'sron' for "nose", thus meaning "bent nose".

Campbell
Campbell comes from the Scottish words 'cam' for "bent," and 'beul' for "mouth", thus meaning bent mouth.

Colwyn
The second element may come from the Welsh word 'gwen,' meaning "fair, blessed.'"

Conan
Conan comes from the 'cu,' which means "wolf, hound,".

Craig
From the Scottish word 'creag,' meaning "crag."

D Names

Donald
Donald comes from an early Celtic name meaning "world mighty."

Douglas
This name is from the Celtic elements 'dubh,' "dark," and 'glas,' "water."

Duncan
Duncan comes from the Celtic words 'donn', meaning 'brown, dark,' and either 'cath', "warrior," or 'ceann', "head, chief."

Dylan
The name is from the Welsh elements 'dy', perhaps meaning "great," and 'llanw', "tide."

E Names

Eamon
There are many variants of spelling for this name. "Eamonn" is just one; it means "prosperity and protection."

Egan
(ey-gan) Egan means "little fire."

Evan
Evan means "fair as gold."

F Names

Farrell
This is common as a surname; it means "brave one."

G Names

Glendon
This name means from the fortress in the valley

Gordon
Gordon is derived from the Celtic words 'gor' and 'dun', likely meaning "great" and "hill."

Grady
This is more common as a surname and is believed to mean "distinction" or "honor."

H Names

Harvey
Harvey means "worthy in battle."

J Names

Jared
This name means "handy spear carrier."

K Names

Keegan
This means "son of little fire."

Kennedy (m or f)
Kennedy is used for male or female children. One possible origin is the Irish word 'cinneidigh,' which means "helmeted head" or "ugly head."

L Names

Lance
Lance means "church."

Lennox
From the Gaelic word 'leamhann,' which means "elm."

Liam
Liam is a short form of "William."

Logan
Logan could be from a Scottish place name meaning 'little hollow.'

M Names

Macaulay
This name means "son of the phantom."

Maddox
The name comes from the Welsh word 'mad' and means "fortunate, good."

Malcolm
This name is from the Scottish phrase 'mael coluim', meaning "disciple of Saint Columba."

Morgan (m or f)
Both male and female use this name. It is from the Welsh elements 'mor' and 'cant', possibly meaning "sea" and "circle."

N Names

Nelson
Nelson means "the son of the champion".

Nolan
From an Irish name perhaps meaning "champion" or "chariot fighter."

P Names

Pearce
Pearce means "rock."

Q Names

Quinn
This name means "intelligent."

R Names

Randal
Randal means "wolf shield."

Redmond
This name means "counselor or protector."

Ross
Ross comes from the Scottish word for "headland, promontory."

Roy
This name means "king."

Ryan
Ryan comes from the Irish word for "king", 'ri'.

S Names

Scott
This name means "painted warrior".

Shane
Shane is "God's gracious gift."

T Names

Torin
(tor-in) is believed to mean "chief" or "thunder."

Trevor
This name from the Welsh words 'tref', "town," and 'mawr', "large."

V Names

Vaughan (m or f)
From a Welsh surname meaning "small, little."

W Names

Waylon
Waylon means "son of earth."


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