Origin of the Name Goronwy and its Meaning

The name Goronwy is a name that comes from Wales specifically he was a character from the Welsh book the Mabinogion.

From the Mabinogion stories a man named Goronwy was the lover Blodeuwedd (who was the main character of the tale). She had a husband and Goronwy plotted to kill him. Goronwy was thwarted and killed.

The meaning of Goronwy is unknown and the name has deep roots in the Welsh culture because it has been used for first and last names. It is very strong, and it has the taste of Wales that you might have been hoping for.

Pronunciation of Goronwy

This name has a very interesting pronunciation because the middle is not pronounced heavily. It is like a passing phase, and it sounds very good when you sway it quickly.


The name did not appear in the top 100 baby names, and the popularity of Goronwy might not go up any time soon. However, it is a name that will be obviously Welsh. That is the beauty of a name that comes from he tales of old that are so old we do not know the meaning or how it came to be.

Famous People Called Goronwy

There are not too many famous people with the name Goronwy but here’s a few:

  • Goronwy ap Tudur Hen – was a Welsh noble man and  Lord of Penmynydd in Anglesea in North Wales.
  • Goronwy Rees – was a Welsh journalist from  Aberystwyth.
  • Goronwy Owen – was a Liberal politician for Caernarvonshire in the 1920-40s

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