Welsh Place Names

Welsh Place Names

Have you ever wondered what the Welsh place names around the Brecon Beacons mean? Many of the place names have common beginnings which have a particular meaning.

  • Aber
    • Means ‘river’ or ‘estuary’ including our very own Aberyscir
  • Betws
    • An Anglo-Saxon , Old English word for a prayer house. Betws-Y-Coed is probably the best known though it is in the other Welsh Mountain National Park Snowdonia.
  • Caer
    • Means ‘fort’ or ‘castle’. Caerleon is a town in Newport. It is of archaeological importance, being the site of a notable Roman legionary fortress, Isca Augusta, and an Iron Age hillfort.
  • Cwm
    • Means ‘valley’  and the Welsh name for Crickhowell is Cwmdu
  • LLan
    • Denotes a place where there is a church. Llanfihangel Nant Bran is the next valley actually contains 2 examples as the other is ‘Nant’ or steam.
  • Nant
    • Means ‘stream’. As you can imagine there are quite a few of these around here.
  • Pont
    • Means ‘bridge’. So our own little ancient bridge is called Pont Y Yscir.
  • Rhyd
    • A place with a ford.
Aberyscir Coach House
Aberyscir Pont Y Yscir Bridge

 

Brecon Beacons

Aberyscir Coach House – Brecon Beacons Guide