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Revised 18/01/2020

Welsh Families

The following general notes apply to all the Welsh families. There are frequent discrepancies, often more than 100 years, between dates from different sources. The information herein regarding events pre-1000 has, in the main, been taken from "A Welsh Classical Dictionary, People in History and Legend up to about A.D. 1000" (Dr. Peter Clement Bartrum, 1993). Its relatively recent appearance suggests it should be the most reliable source presently available. The date spans (often approximate) in brackets after a name are usually taken from Bartrum. After 1000, other genealogical sources have been used, in particular "The Dictionary of Welsh Biography down to 1940" (ed. the late Sir John Edward Lloyd, English version 1959).

A Welsh name usually incorporates a reference to the person's father. Just as in Scots, Kenneth MacAlpin means Kenneth son of Alpin, and in Norman, Geoffrey FitzRichard means Geoffrey son of Richard, so in Welsh ap means "son of" (though ap is usually expressed as ab where it precedes a vowel), and ferch means "daughter of". For example, Mawr ap Merfyn; Meurig ab Idwal; Angharad ferch Meurig. In the early Welsh generations (with their Gaelic origin), the Gaelic term mac was perhaps more correct, appearing in genealogical tables abbreviated simply as m.

Recommended reading includes: "A History of Wales" (John Davies, 1990); "Kingdoms of the Celts" (John King, 1998); "Chieftains and Princes" (Charles Kightly, 1994); "The Welsh Princes, 1063-1283" (Roger Turvey, 2002); "Anglo-Welsh Wars, 1050-1300" (Stuart Ivinson, 2001); "Castles of the Princes of Gwynedd" (Richard Avent, 1983).

There is an INDEX to Personal Names.

  Family

Family

  Britain Kings Gwynedd Kings
  Brycheiniog

          Kings-1

  Casanauth wledig

          Kings-2

  Ceredigion Howlbrwch
  Dyfed Kings Hywel ap Maredudd
  Dylan Draws

Iaceu

  Einion ap Collwyn Ithel Felyn
  Ewyas Kings Man
  Garthmadryn Merfyn
  Glamorgan Kings Mwyntyrch
  Gwent Kings North Wales Prince
  Glywysing Powys
  Gweirydd Powys Kings
  Gwron Seisyllwg
  Gwynedd

          Seisyllwg Kings

 

          Gwynedd-1

          Seisyllwg-2

 

          Gwynedd-3

South Wales Princes
 

          Gwynedd-6

Tryffin farfog
 

          Pyll ap Cynwrig

Welsh
 

          Gwynedd-8

 

          Gwynedd-9