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Welsh place-names are highly descriptive, incorporating many common elements from the Welsh language. Knowing the meaning of place-names helps us to understand the environment in which our Welsh ancestors lived.
Each element in the glossary is followed by its meaning and where possible, an example of its use and a link to a sound file demonstrating its pronunciation. New entries and new examples are continually being added.
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The list is compiled from various sources including:
DAVIES, Dewi (undated) Welsh Place-names and Their Meanings. The Cambrian News, Aberystwyth. (No ISBN)
DAVIES, Elwyn (1996) A Gazetteer of Welsh Place-Names. University of Wales Press. Cardiff. ISBN 0-7083-1038-9
LEAVER, Tony (1998) Pronouncing Welsh Place Names. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. Llanrwst. ISBN 0-86381-482-4
LIAS, Anthony (1994) A Guide to Welsh Place-Names. Gwasg Carreg Gwalch. Llanrwst. ISBN 0-86381-289-9
OWEN, Hywel Wyn (1998) A Pocket Guide - The Place-Names of Wales. University of Wales Press. Cardiff. ISBN 0-7083-1458-9