Dafydd is a traditional Welsh boy’s name and which has been around for centuries. The name has been made popular especially by the celebrity Dafydd Iwan and the TV series Little Britain.

Meaning and Origin

Dafydd is the Welsh name for David, other Welsh names for David are Dai and Dewi. The origins of this name means beloved.

Dafydd’s Popularity

In 2012 Dafydd was not in the top 100 baby boys names in Wales (UK Government Statistics).

How to Pronounce Dafydd?

Dafydd is a fairly difficult name to pronounce especially for people who are not from Wales as the letter ‘dd’ is not in the English alphabet. However it is pronounced as ‘Dav-i-th’.

Famous People

See our list of a few people with the first name Dafydd:

  • Dafydd Iwan – is a popular Welsh folk singer who wrote the popular song ‘Yma o Hyd
  • Dafydd ap Gruffydd – was the Prince of Wales in the 13th century
  • Dafydd Elis-Thomas – a Welsh politician.
  • Dafydd Thomas – a popular character from the comedy series ‘Little Britain’


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