Madog : Madoc / Madock / Maddock / Maddocks / Madox / Maddox / Maddy [buy tshirt]

Madog is an old Welsh name of great antiquity, the name of princes and leaders. As a surname it can be found as Madog, Madoc, Madock, Maddock, Maddocks, Maddox and Madox. Maddy is also thought to derive from it.

Famous people with the Welsh surname Madog / Madoc include:

Madog ab Owain Gwynedd – According to folklore, Prince Madog was a Welsh prince who sailed from Wales to America in 1170, over three hundred years before Christopher Columbus’s voyage in 1492, and that he had or has Welsh speaking native Indian descendants in America. He is also often referred to as Madoc or Prince Madoc.

Philip Madoc – A Welsh actor who has had many television and film roles.

Ruth Madoc – A Welsh actress and singer (and wife of Philip above)


Mathews [buy tshirt]

Mathew became a fairly popular name in Wales from medieval times onwards and led to the development of a common patronymic surname spelled variously as Mathew, Matthew, Matthews and also Mathias.

Famous people with the Welsh surname Mathews include:

Cerys Mathews – Lead singer of band Catatonia.

Terry Mathews – Welsh telecommunications billionaire businessman, owner and establisher of the Celtic Manor golfing resort where the first ever Welsh Ryder Cup Golf Tournament was held in 2010.


Meredith : Predith / Maredudd / Meredudd
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Meredith comes from the Welsh first name Maredudd / Meredudd and is a surname of considerable antiquity. Its final element ‘udd’ means lord. Deviations of Meredith are Redith, Predith from ap Redith, Preddy and Priddy. A pet name for Maredudd / Meredith became Bedo which has led to the development of Beddow, Beddoes and also Eddow/s.

Famous people with the Welsh surname Meredith include:

William Henry “Billy” Meredith – A Welsh footballer who is considered to be one of the early superstars of football due to his performances, notably for Manchester City and Manchester United. He won each domestic trophy in the English football league and also gained 48 caps for Wales.

Madog ap Maredudd (Middle Welsh: Madawg mab Maredudd, Madawc mab Maredut; died 1160) – He was the last Prince of the entire Kingdom of Powys, Wales and for a time held the Fitzalan Lordship of Oswestry.

Burgess Meredith – One of the most accomplished actors of the 20th century perhaps made most famous for his role as Rocky Balboa’s trainer, Mickey Goldmill, in the first three ‘Rocky’ films.



An old Welsh name common amongst Welsh royalty, princes and leaders which has been a popular Welsh name and surname for centuries. It is one of the Welsh surnames that has managed to avoid the habit of having an ‘s’ added to the end.

Famous people with the Welsh surname include:

Henry Morgan (Harri Morgan in Welsh) – A famous seafarer and privateer who made a name for activities in the Caribbean, primarily raiding Spanish settlements. He was one of the most notorious and successful privateers of all time and became governor of Jamaica. The famous rum Captain Morgan is named after him.

JP Morgan – A very powerful and controversial Welsh American banker, financier and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation during his time. Morgan formed General Electric, the United States Steel Corporation and later JPMorgan Chase & Co which has developed into a massive ,many would say overly powerful American global securities, investment banking and retail banking firm and is a major provider of financial services, with assets of $2 trillion. It is the U.S. banking institution with the second largest market capitalization and third largest domestic deposit base. The hedge fund unit of JPMorgan Chase is the largest hedge fund in the United States with $53.5 billion in assets as of the end of 2009.

Rhodri Morgan – A Welsh Labour politician who was a  First Secretary for Wales, and subsequently the first ever First Minister for Wales under a devolved government.

Piers Morgan – Journalist and presenter.


Morris : Maurice / Morus / Meyrick /  Merrick / Meyrick / Meurig [buy tshirt]

Morris is derived from the Latin Mauricius. The first name Morris was introduced from England and assimilated in Wales because of its approximation to Meurig. It is also spelt in the Welsh phonetic form of Morys or Morus.

Famous people with the Welsh surname Morris include:

Chris Morris – Christopher Morris – A pioneering and insightful satirist, writer, director and actor. He is a former radio DJ best known for anchoring the spoof news and current affairs television programmes The Day Today and Brass Eye, as well as his frequent engagement with controversial subject matter.

William Morris – Textile designer.

Jan Morris – Welsh journalist and author.