118 Bretons Baby Names With Meanings

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Bretons are thought to be the natives of Brittany, a region in France (1). And Breton baby names reflect the strong artisans’ legacy of their ancient Altmer rule, cherishing nobility and power. The Bretons are considered to be especially religious and follow the Roman Catholic faith. Every town has its own patron saint, and the people honor them by immortalizing the saints as wooden statues in their churches. They are worshiped with great respect and often prayed for relief from the people’s sickness. Thus, the Bretons are a diverse group of people with interesting histories, traditions, and a deeply rooted faith. All of these influences can be seen in their names, such as Annick, meaning ‘God is gracious,’ Meriadoc, meaning ‘sea Lord,’ and Youenn, meaning ‘little archer.’ These names are mainly inspired by real-world French, English, and Gaelic names but are modified to give them the perfect Old English or Breton feel. But that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. Breton also uses plenty of unusual names that do not seem to fit any particular pattern. On the other hand, the family names or surnames are mainly normal French, English, or Gaelic last names. Breton baby names were at the height of their popularity in 1972, with over 2.975% of boys given Breton names and six of them appearing in the top 1,000 name list. The frequency of use may have declined over the years, but that doesn’t mean they are no longer in use. Breton names are still quite popular in Europe, especially among the Celtic Britons inhabiting the Brittany region. And if you are also one of those people who are curious to know more about the unique historical names, you’ll find our list of Breton baby boys’ and girls’ names handy. Take a look!

NameGenderMeaning
heart image Abran Baby Boy Sign Boy Father of the multitude
heart image Ael Baby Boy Sign Boy Rocks or rampart
heart image Aela Baby Girl Sign Girl Rock; Rampart
heart image Aergad Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is strong in battle
heart image Aihran Baby Boy Sign Boy Exalted; Bretons form of Aaron
heart image Akilles Baby Boy Sign Boy Hero of the Greeks; A form of Achilles
heart image Alanig Baby Boy Sign Boy Bretons form of Alan; Handsome
heart image Alban Baby Boy Sign Boy White man from Alba; From ancient Latin city
heart image Alouarn Baby Boy Sign Boy An iron brow
heart image Ambroas Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is immortal
heart image Andrev Baby Boy Sign Boy Breton form of Andrev; Manly
heart image Annaeg Baby Boy Sign Boy Grace; Favor
heart image Annick Baby Girl Sign Girl God is gracious; He has answered the prayers
heart image Aodren Baby Boy Sign Boy Of high birth
heart image Aodrena Baby Girl Sign Girl Of high birth
heart image Aogust Baby Boy Sign Boy Venerable; Bretons form of August
heart image Aouregan Baby Girl Sign Girl Derived from Breton elements aour which means gold and gwen, which means white, fair, and blessed
heart image Aourgen Baby Girl Sign Girl A spelling variant of Aouregan, gold and beautiful
heart image Argant Baby Boy Sign Boy Silver
heart image Argantael Baby Girl Sign Girl Noble silver
heart image Argantlowen Baby Girl Sign Girl Silver; Happy and joyful
heart image Armela Baby Girl Sign Girl Bear prince
heart image Arven Baby Boy Sign Boy Battle worthy; Carnage worthy
heart image Arzhel Baby Boy Sign Boy Bear prince
heart image Arzhela Baby Girl Sign Girl Feminine variant of Arzhel; Bear prince
heart image Arzhur Baby Boy Sign Boy Bear man
heart image Azelice Baby Girl Sign Girl She who is noble
heart image Azilis Baby Girl Sign Girl A noble kind; of the noble sort
heart image Bernez Baby Boy Sign Boy Brave as a bear
heart image Bleuenn Baby Girl Sign Girl White flower
heart image Bleuzen Baby Girl Sign Girl The Bretons form of the Welsh Blodwen; White flowers
heart image Branoc Baby Boy Sign Boy Raven
heart image Briac Baby Boy Sign Boy One with force and strength
heart image Briaca Baby Girl Sign Girl Feminine form of Briac; Meaning disputed
heart image Brieg Baby Boy Sign Boy Bear; Stone; Disciple
heart image Brocardo Baby Boy Sign Boy Armed warrior
heart image Budoc Baby Boy Sign Boy Victory
heart image Budog Baby Boy Sign Boy A variant of Budog; Victory
heart image Caarlo Baby Boy Sign Boy Settlement of free men
heart image Carlens Baby Boy Sign Boy Settlement of free men
heart image Carlitis Baby Boy Sign Boy Peasant settlement
heart image Carloto Baby Boy Sign Boy Peasant settlement
heart image Derrien Baby Boy Sign Boy Wealthy
heart image Elouan Baby Boy Sign Boy Light
heart image Emilion Baby Boy Sign Boy Rival
heart image Enora Baby Girl Sign Girl Honor
heart image Erwan Baby Boy Sign Boy The archer
heart image Erwann Baby Boy Sign Boy The archer; A variant of Erwan
heart image Ewen Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is of the yew tree
heart image Fulup Baby Boy Sign Boy Lover of horses
heart image Goulwen Baby Boy Sign Boy White light
heart image Gurvan Baby Boy Sign Boy Assault
heart image Gwen Baby Girl Sign Girl Fair; Blessed
heart image Gwenael Baby Boy Sign Boy White, fair or generous
heart image Gwendal Baby Girl Sign Girl White-browed person; The sign of blessings and intelligence
heart image Gwenlaouen Baby Girl Sign Girl One who is white, fair or blessed
heart image Gwenneg Baby Boy Sign Boy One who is white, fair, blessed
heart image Gwilherm Baby Boy Sign Boy Will; Desire; Helmet; Protection
heart image Haerviu Baby Boy Sign Boy A man who is battle-worthy or carnage-worthy
heart image Iouen Baby Boy Sign Boy Lion
heart image Iven Baby Boy Sign Boy Little archer
heart image Jacut Baby Boy Sign Boy Breton form of Jacob; Supplanter
heart image Jagu Baby Boy Sign Boy Breton form of James or Jacob; Supplanter
heart image Janic Baby Boy Sign Boy Yahweh is gracious
heart image Jannic Baby Boy Sign Boy Yahweh is gracious
heart image Jodoc Baby Boy Sign Boy Bretons variant of Joyce; Lord
heart image Jodocus Baby Boy Sign Boy Experienced in battle
heart image Judicael Baby Boy Sign Boy Generous lord
heart image Judikael Baby Boy Sign Boy A variant of Judicaël; Lord or prince
heart image Judoc Baby Boy Sign Boy Lord
heart image Karlus Baby Boy Sign Boy Settlement of free men
heart image Katarin Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure
heart image Katell Baby Girl Sign Girl Pure
heart image Kireg Baby Boy Sign Boy Benevolence
heart image Kirus Baby Boy Sign Boy Breton form of Cyrus, meaning sun
heart image Klervi Baby Girl Sign Girl Token of the egg
heart image Laorans Baby Boy Sign Boy From Laurentum; A variant of Lawrence
heart image Lena Baby Girl Sign Girl Torch; Bright shining light
heart image Lito Baby Boy Sign Boy Peasant settlement
heart image Loana Baby Girl Sign Girl Good light
heart image Lukaz Baby Boy Sign Boy Bretons form of Luke; Light giving
heart image Lusian Baby Boy Sign Boy Bretons form of Lucian; Light
heart image Maden Baby Boy Sign Boy Good
heart image Maelis Baby Girl Sign Girl Prince
heart image Mailys Baby Girl Sign Girl A form of Maelis; Prince
heart image Maiwenn Baby Girl Sign Girl The one who raises
heart image Marzhin Baby Boy Sign Boy From Mars
heart image Marzhina Baby Girl Sign Girl From Mars
heart image Maugan Baby Boy Sign Boy A well born boy
heart image Mazhe Baby Boy Sign Boy Gift of God
heart image Menguy Baby Boy Sign Boy A powerful hound
heart image Meriadoc Baby Boy Sign Boy Sea lord
heart image Moizez Baby Boy Sign Boy Drawn from water
heart image Morvan Baby Boy Sign Boy Sea; Great
heart image Nolwenn Baby Girl Sign Girl Unpolluted one from Noal
heart image Oanez Baby Girl Sign Girl She who is chaste
heart image Padrig Baby Boy Sign Boy Patrician
heart image Paol Baby Boy Sign Boy Small; Humble
heart image Perig Baby Boy Sign Boy Stone
heart image Pierrick Baby Boy Sign Boy Breton form of Peter; Rock or stone
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You have the choice to give your child a name that carries deep meaning, connects to tradition, holds historical significance, or represents a sense of freedom. However, selecting a name that will suit your baby as they grow from infancy to adulthood is important. Breton baby names can help distinguish individuals in a globally connected world, making them unique and highlighting their special cultural heritage. These names play an important role in keeping traditions alive and honoring the region’s distinct identity.

Infographic: Traditional And Meaningful Breton Baby Names

Parents who want to honor their Breton heritage may consider Breton names for their children. These names have a rich heritage and culture and help children feel more connected to their roots. We curated a list of wonderful Breton baby names for your precious little one, and you can find them in this infographic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some Breton baby names that are easy to spell?

Some Breton names that may be easier to spell for non-native speakers include Ael or Aela, meaning ‘rock’ or ‘angel;’ Enora, meaning ‘honor;’ Gwen, representing ‘white’ or ‘holy;’ Iven, meaning ‘little archer’ and Yuna, meaning ‘lamb’ or ‘the archer.’

2. What are some Breton baby names that have historical significance?

Some Breton baby names with historical significance include names such as Anna, the Greek and Latin Old Testament version of Channah or Hannah. This name can be translated to mean ‘favor’ or ‘grace’ and is associated with Saint Anna, mother of Mary, and was also used by numerous Russian Royals. Corentin is another such Breton name that possesses historical significance. This name can be translated to mean ‘hurricane’ or ‘storm,’ and it was borne by a 5th-century bishop of Quimper in Brittany.

References

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  1. Leo Carruthers; (2014); What Makes Breton Lays’ Breton’? Bretons
    Britons and Celtic ‘Otherness’ in Medieval Romance.
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