Geraint


History of the Name Geraint

The Geraint name has a long and interesting history as a Welsh boy’s name. Historically Geraint was the King of Dumonia from the 7th to 8th century, as Sir Geraint in the Arthurian legend as well as Welsh folk tales such as “Geraint and Enid.” He was a brave warrior and king who was one of the “Three Seafarers of the Isle of Britain,” though there is some debate as to whether he existed.

Meaning of Geraint

The meaning of Geraint is unknown but is sometimes seen as “belonging to me” or “old man” from the Greek “geron” meaning old. Learning how to pronounce Geraint looks difficult but is actually very simple, say the “Ger” to rhyme with “glare” and “raint” to rhyme with “pint,” with the emphasis on “Ger.”

Popularity

The popularity of Geraint has been low especially outside of Wales, with some minimal usage in the mid to late 1990s, therefore it would be ideal for parents looking for a name that is unusual and with a historical and folkloric background. In 2013, it was not in the top 100 baby boys’ names in Wales.

Famous People with the Name

Some famous bearers of the name Geraint include: Geraint Davies and Geraint Lewis Welsh rugby players, Geraint Jones and English cricketer, Geraint Thomas the cyclist, and Geraint Wyn Davies the actor.

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