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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 (add-is) means "flame."
This means "high courage."
Ardan means "a tall fellow" or "a male with high aspirations"
This name is believed to be related to a keeper of bears (a sacred animal to the Celts)
(awl-ee) This means "a phantom" or "a marvel"
(aw-rin) Auryn means "the golden one." (It probably has to do with hair color.)
Baird means "a bard or minstrel."
Banadel is believed to mean "holy hill.." It is also the name of a medieval King
Barra means "warrior."
This name means "badger."
Brice means "son of the ardent one."
Broc means "badger" (a sacred animal to the Celts).
(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 comes from the Scottish words 'cam' for "bent," and 'beul' for "mouth", thus meaning bent mouth.
The second element may come from the Welsh word 'gwen,' meaning "fair, blessed.'"
Conan comes from the 'cu,' which means "wolf, hound,".
From the Scottish word 'creag,' meaning "crag."
Donald comes from an early Celtic name meaning "world mighty."
This name is from the Celtic elements 'dubh,' "dark," and 'glas,' "water."
Duncan comes from the Celtic words 'donn', meaning 'brown, dark,' and either 'cath', "warrior," or 'ceann', "head, chief."
The name is from the Welsh elements 'dy', perhaps meaning "great," and 'llanw', "tide."
There are many variants of spelling for this name. "Eamonn" is just one; it means "prosperity and protection."
(ey-gan) Egan means "little fire."
Evan means "fair as gold."
This is common as a surname; it means "brave one."
This name means from the fortress in the valley
Gordon is derived from the Celtic words 'gor' and 'dun', likely meaning "great" and "hill."
This is more common as a surname and is believed to mean "distinction" or "honor."
Harvey means "worthy in battle."
This name means "handy spear carrier."
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."
Lance means "church."
From the Gaelic word 'leamhann,' which means "elm."
Liam is a short form of "William."
Logan could be from a Scottish place name meaning 'little hollow.'
This name means "son of the phantom."
The name comes from the Welsh word 'mad' and means "fortunate, good."
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."
Nelson means "the son of the champion".
From an Irish name perhaps meaning "champion" or "chariot fighter."
Pearce means "rock."
This name means "intelligent."
Randal means "wolf shield."
This name means "counselor or protector."
Ross comes from the Scottish word for "headland, promontory."
This name means "king."
Ryan comes from the Irish word for "king", 'ri'.
This name means "painted warrior".
Shane is "God's gracious gift."
(tor-in) is believed to mean "chief" or "thunder."
This name from the Welsh words 'tref', "town," and 'mawr', "large."
Vaughan (m or f)
From a Welsh surname meaning "small, little."
Waylon means "son of earth."