Hywel - boys name

Hywel name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 37%

Hywel name meaning:

The name Hywel is of Welsh origin and carries significant historical and cultural connotations. It is a popular boy's name and its meaning reflects qualities that are cherished in Welsh culture. Hywel is derived from the Old Welsh name "Hywel Dda," which translates to "Hywel the Good" or "Hywel the Great."

The name Hywel is associated with wisdom, intelligence, and fairness. Hywel Dda was a legendary 10th-century Welsh king who is highly regarded for his wise and just rule. He implemented a code of laws known as "The Laws of Hywel Dda," which emphasized equality and justice. As a result, Hywel has come to represent a symbol of good governance, wisdom, and fairness in Welsh culture.

Choosing the name Hywel for a boy can be seen as a way to honor the historical figure and embody the values of intelligence, fairness, and wisdom. It carries a sense of pride in Welsh heritage and a desire to pass on these qualities to the next generation.

Origin: Welsh


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Overall UK ranking: 3017 out of 4789

6 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (1265)

Historical popularity of Hywel

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