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Word/nameWelsh bron "breast" + -wen, soft mutation of gwen "fair""white"
Other names
Related namesBranwen (associated by sound), Bronwyn (variant spelling – technically masculine)[1]

Bronwen (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈbrɔnwɛn]) is a Welsh feminine given name. It is closely associated with the similar name Branwen, which appears in medieval Welsh literature.[2] Used in Wales since the 19th century, it was introduced to the English-speaking public at large by a character in the Richard Llewellyn novel How Green Was My Valley (1939).[1][2]

Notable bearers of the name include:

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  1. ^ a b Sheard, K. M. (2011), Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Names, p. 110, at Google Books, p. 110, ISBN 9780738723686.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Heather Rose (25 September 1997). "Concerning the Names Branwen, Bronwen and the Like". Retrieved 2 January 2012.