Origin of the name ARIANRHOD.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name ARIANRHOD.
Celtic name meaning "silver circle (or wheel)," (Fates
of the Princes of Dyfed, Morris, 1914, Celtic Magazine, v.9, 1884)
... Math now seeks another virgin
foot-holder, and Arianrhod, daughter of Dôn, is suggested.
Math, by aid of his magic powers, discovers that she is no virgin, and
fleeing from the proof, she gives birth to two male children. One is
Dylan Eil Ton (Dylan son of the Wave), who makes at once for the sea, and
who is slain at some unknown time, by his uncle Govannon. The other,
concealed and nurtured by Gwydion, grows remarkably fast, and is taken by
him to Arianrhod's castle. On being told who the child is, Arianrhod
says he will never be named except by her. Gwydion, calling his
magic powers again to his aid, obtains a ship and material for shoemaking,
and seeks, disguised, along with the boy, the castle of Arianrhod.
Dissatisfied with the intentionally ill-fitting shoes sent her by Gwydion,
she comes herself to the ship, and seeing the boy strike a bird cleverly
she says, "With a sure hand the lion hit the bird."
Gwydion immediately declares that the boy has been named the Lion of the
sure Hand (Llew Llaw Gyffes), and the enchanted articles suddenly
vanish. Arianrhod now declares that the boy shall never be given
arms, except by her. Gwydion again gets the better of Arianrhod by
entering her castle disguised along with Llew and causing an enchanted
hostile fleet to appear. In fear of attack Arianrhod and her maids
arm Llew and Gwydion, whereupon the latter informs Arianrhod of what she
has done, and the enchanted fleet disappears. This time the incensed
Arianrhod declares that Llew shall never have a wife except of her
bestowing. But Math and Gwydion fashion him a bride from flowers,
and she is called Blodeuwedd. Math gives the couple broad lands in
Gwynedd. (The Mabinogion, Guest, 1901)