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Place Names

Place names often seem confusing in Wales, yet most have clearer meanings than those across the border in England. Here are a few examples of what place names mean:

Abersoch
mouth of the river Soch


Slate sign at Abersoch

Aberdaron
mouth of the river Daron (you get the drift...)

Caernarfon
fortified town (caer) in Arfon

Cricieth
more uncertain, possibly narrow hill


Efailnewydd

new (newydd) smithy (efail)


Traditional signs are being reintroduced, as in Efailnewydd

Llanbedrog
parish of St. Pedrog

Llanaelhaearn
parish of Aelhaearn (Aelhaearn means someone with an iron brow)
(again, you get the drift...)

Morfa Bychan
small (bychan) sea marsh

Mynytho
mountains (formed from mynyddoedd)

Porthmadog
Madocks' Port

Pwllheli
saltwater (heli) pool (pwll)

Rhiw
hill

Sarn
road or cross roads

Tudweiliog
St. Tudwal's land (also St. Tudwal's Islands off Abersoch) 
 
  
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