Branwen Name Meaning & Origin

Branwen

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Related Names:

Bronwen, Bronwyn

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Meanings and history of the name Branwen

The name means something like "beautiful raven." From Welsh bran "raven" and gwen "fair, white, blessed".

In The Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, Branwen is a daughter of King Llyr, and she is the sister of the British king Bran. In the story, Branwen is married off to the King of Ireland, Matholwch, but the marriage does not bring peace.

In some instances the name Branwen appears as Bronwen. The question of which name is original is disputed. One could postulate that Bronwen was original, but influenced in some sources to appear as Branwen to match the name of the character's brother Bran. Alternately, one could argue that the names Branwen and Bran originally appeared as this matched pair. It is accepted, however, that all the pre-modern Welsh uses of the names Branwen and Bronwen are references to this literary character or to objects popularly associated with her.

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In The Mabinogion, Branwen is a daughter of Llyr. She is considered the Welsh goddess of love and beauty.

Branwen is also the name of a related character in some versions of Tristan and Iseult.

Painting: Christopher Williams, painting of a beautiful, raven-haired woman entitled *Branwen,* circa 1915.

In 1994 a feature film was released called *Branwen.*

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