Ffestiniog shown within Gwynedd
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||BLAENAU FFESTINIOG|
|UK Parliament||Meirionnydd Nant Conwy|
|Welsh Assembly||Dwyfor Meirionnydd|
Ffestiniog was a parish in Cantref Ardudwy; in 1284, Ardudwy became part of the county of Meirionnydd, which became an administrative county in 1888. The parish was created an urban district in 1894. On 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, Ffestiniog Urban District was abolished, becoming merged with other districts to form Meirionnydd District, which was itself abolished in 1996. Ffestiniog became a community with an elected town council.
Celtic place-name in *-ākon “place of”, then, “place belonging to, territory of” > Old Welsh -auc, -awg > Welsh -og. The form -iog with an additional /i/ can be explained by the preceding element, which is a personal name ending with -i-us : Festinius. The whole name should be *Festiniākon. Probably same name as Festigny (France, e.g. : Festigny, Marne, Festiniacus in 853)
See also 
- Blaenau Ffestiniog
- Llan Ffestiniog
- Ffestiniog Railway
- Ffestiniog power station
- Festiniog and Blaenau Railway
- Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Festiniog". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- "FFESTINIOG". Black's Picturesque Guide to North Wales (20th ed.). London: Adam & Charles Black. 1891. pp. 194–197.
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