The following is a list of Welsh Place Names that have been featured in Auntie’s Travels.
Aber: Can have a number of meanings based upon its geographical position. Often refers to the mouth or estuary of a river, but can also mean a small river or a confluence of two rivers.
Blaenavon: literally means “front of the river” or loosely “river’s source”
Brianne: possibly of the mountains
Caerleon: City of the Legion. Towns beginning with “Caer” are often associated with Roman occupation.
Carreg: Rock, Stone
Castell Caerreg Cennen: The castle on the rock above the (river) Cennen.
Cennen: Name of a river flowing from the Brecon Beacons through Carmarthenshire.
Dinas: A fort or camp
Ddu/Du: Black, dark
Fach: from Bach – small, little.
Fawr: from Mawr – large, big
Glyder: from the Welsh word “Gludair”, meaning a heap of stones
Goedog: Wooded, from Coed.
Harlech: Beautiful rock
Idris: Idris was a giant who used a mountain as his seat – Cadair Idris
Llanerch-y-medd: Llanerch meaning clearing, glade and Medd from mead
Llech: a flat stone
Lleyn: land of the Lageni (tribe)
Maen: Stone, rock
Maentwrog: Twrog’s stone. Twrog was a mythological giant.
Mawr: Large, big.
Moel: Bare hill
Moel Hebog: Bare hill of the hawk.
Penderyn: Bird’s Head. Pen = Head. Deryn = abbreviation of aderyn – bird.
Penmon: Pen (which can mean “head”, “end” or “promontory”) and Môn, which is the Welsh word for Anglesey.
Porthmadog: Madog’s port. Named after Madock, who developed the area.
Rhandirmwyn: Land of minerals
Trawsfynydd: across (the) mountain
Trwyn Du: Black nose
Tryfan: Three headed. From Tri – Three and Fan – hill, peak.
Ysgubor: barn, granary, farm building
Ystrad: Vale, wide valley