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30 December 2007 @ 07:23 pm
You Guys Are Smart, Right?  
Time to pick your brains! How how well you google? ;)

I am writing a short romantic story for a friend of mine. I've decided (or the story demanded) that I go with ancient Britian.

Of course, that is so not my area of expertise.

I have the mythology all set for the story and I know I want it to take place after the fall of Rome. The mythology I am using is Welsh/Cornish so I am looking for names for people from anywhere from 500-1000 C.E.

Basically, I am looking for more historically accurate Welsh names. Am I correct that the people called themselves The Cymry at the time? I'm just looking for a starting place to get some names, mostly male. I've hit some places for some broad history but I'm stumped with names. Googling came up with some results, but I am not sure how accurate they are.

If any of you are familiar with that time period and/or names, I would appreciate it :) I'm writing a short story with a historical/time travel segment and I like to be as accurate as I can. :)
 
 
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Abyssisabyssinia4077 on December 31st, 2007 12:43 am (UTC)
Okay. This may or may not help, but when I was hiking in Wales we hiked along Offa's Dike. Offa was the king of Mercia in the 8th century and built the Dike to separate his kingdom from the celts and the dike is essentially the modern day border between Wales and England.

Only saying it because *maybe* you could use him as a launching pad for internet research...
lyorelyore on December 31st, 2007 12:59 am (UTC)
It's completely out of my area too, sorry. Perhaps try asking carmathen - she's spent time in the King Arthur/Merlin/history based fandoms, so she might be able to help if you stay stuck.

Good Luck!
Spiletta42spiletta42 on December 31st, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
The Writer's Digest Character Naming Sourcebook by Sherrilyn Kenyon suggests:

Aberfa, Abertha, Adain, Adenydd, Adara, Addfwyn, Addiena, Addien, Aderyn, Adyna, Aelwyd, Almedha, Amser, Anghard, Angwen, Argel, Arglwyddes, Argoel, Argraff, Arial, Ariana, Arian, Arien, Ariene, Arianrhod, Arlais, Armes, Artaith, Arthes . . .

You know what? How about you give me some meanings and I'll narrow this down a bit.
Working for the Mandroid: archaeologistmoonshayde on December 31st, 2007 01:26 pm (UTC)
Oh that book sounds nice! Do you find it helpful?

Um...I am mainly looking for guy names. Meanings could be anything from: hidden, country, land, blacksmith.

And ones for nobility.

Thanks :)
catspaw_sgjd on December 31st, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
This might help in a general sort of a way?

http://www.castlewales.com/gwyned.html

And this

http://www.castlewales.com/medwales.html

and there are some more handy links at the bottom of this page.
mehhhhhh: [uk] wales purplecnidarian on December 31st, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
If you want I can borrow a book on Welsh names from work tomorrow?
Gunhildagunhilda on January 1st, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
Here's a website with Welsh history and name info. While it's aimed at medieval reenactors, my understanding is that the historical research is very good.
http://www.heatherrosejones.com/namemenu.html