Episode 53 – Jennifer and Mallory talk all about Welsh Names – given names, surnames, and place names! Our special guest is Dr. Sara Louise Wheeler, Welsh Names academic, author, and poet! We also discuss the current celebrity baby news and take questions from our listeners.

Names mentioned in this episode: Justice, Blue, Sara, Rhiannon, Harri, Seren, Ffan, Jac, Macsen, Caerwyn, Dilys, Gwenhwyfar, Bran, Ebrill, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, and more!

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Check out Dr. Wheeler’s Onomastic Blog (onomastics is the study of names).


Office for National Statistics, U.K.
Welsh Place Names Society
Welsh Naming – BBC
What are Welsh Names About? – Family Search
Family Search Wiki – Welsh Names
Welsh Pronunciation Guide (PDF) – Family Search

Episode 53: Welsh Names with Dr. Sara Louise Wheeler

Jennifer Moss (she/her) is the founder of BabyNames.com, author of The Baby Names Workbook, and Producer of The Baby Names Podcast. Jennifer is widely regarded as the leading expert on popular baby name trends and the naming process, serving as the authoritative source on the subject for national and international media.

Jennifer entered the tech arena in the 80s as a software developer and database architect, and became a pioneer in the Internet industry. In addition to operating BabyNames.com, Jennifer owns a web development agency in central California.