Origin of the name BRONWEN.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name BRONWEN.
Welsh. Bron "bosom, breast" + gwen "white,"
hence "bosom white" or "white breast."
It is said to also be a name for "the weasel." Bronwen ferch Llyr
(M.A. ii. 5) is more usually called
iii. 31-102; M.A. i. 498; ii. 11, 13, 18; Llyfr Coch, 301).
(Dictionary of the Welsh Language, Evans, 1887)
... Bronwen, or white bosom, is either another daughter of Lyr, or else
Creirdyddlydd under another name, and is supposed to have been the
British Proserpine. Both Bronwen and Creirwy are called Gwrvorwyn,
man-maid, or virago, and it does not seem impossible that here we see
the origin of Cordelia, Regan, and Goneril, as they have been adapted to
English pronunciation, the token of the overflowing, the fair bosom, and
the virago. Surely these are the daughters of the ocean,
rebellious and peaceful... (History of Christian Names, Yonge,