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Which have alternative spellings or have changed completely

The list also includes places with different Welsh/English names, the Welsh  version will usually be found in the first column, alternative 1
Use your browser's Find facility to search for particular names which may be in the second column, alternative 2

The list doesn't include minor spelling variations, or a single L for LL or those caused by use of the English K for C. or V for F.
Although some of that ilk are included because they more accurately  indicate the origin of the name

Sources/Further References to place names

  • A Gazetteer of Welsh Place-Names by Elwyn Davies   [Davies]
  • The Place-Names of Wales by Hywel Wyn Owen    [Owen]
  • Parish Registers of Wales     NLW          [PRW]
  • A Topographical Dictionary of Wales by Samuel [Lewis] 1833  (on Genuki)         [Lewis]
  • The National Gazetteer of Wales - which has some alternative names too
  • Glossary of Welsh Place Name Elements - on John Ball's site
  • There is a list of place names in CMN and their parishes on this site
  • Other contributors


Alternative 1 Alternative 2 Parish Source/Comments
Bronwydd Bronwydd Arms Newchurch [Davies]
Bynie, Y Bynea Llanelli [Davies]
Caerfyrddin Carmarthen Carmarthen [PRW]
Capel-Ifan Pontyberem Llanelli [PRW]

Capel Ifan /  Capel Evan

Capel Iwan

Cilrhedyn 4
Castell Moel Castell Gwyrdd Llangain [Davies]
Castellnewydd Emlyn Newcastle Emlyn Cenarth [PRW]
Cross Inn Ammanford Llandybie 2
Cwarter Bach Quarter Bach Llangadog [Davies]
Cwmaman Garnant and Glanaman Llandeilo fawr 2
Cydweli Kidwelly Kidwelly [PRW]
Cynwyl Elfed Conwil Elfed Conwil Elfed [Lewis]
Cynwyl Gaeo Conwil Caio Conwil Caio [PRW]
Derwen -fawr Broadoak Llangathen [Davies]
Eglwys Fair Glyn Taf Hendy-Gwyn
Eglys Fair Glyn Taf [PRW}
Gelli-aur Golden Grove Llanfihangel Aberbythych [Davies}




Llanelli 1
Glanyferi Ferryside St Ishmael [Davies]
Glynaman Glanaman Llandeilo fawr 2
Grongaer, Y Grongar Hill Llangathen [Davies]
Gwter Fawr Brynaman (Upper/Lower) Llandeilo fawr GLA
Hendy-Gwyn     See Eglwys Fair Glyn Taf



Cil-y-cwm 4
Lacharn     See Talycharn
Llan-Beady Llanboidy Llanboidy [Lewis]
Llan-dawg Llandawke Llandawke [Davies]
Llan-Gadog-Fawr Llangadock Llangadock [Lewis]
Llan-Sadyrnin Llansadwrnen Llansadwrnen [Lewis]
Llan-y-bri Llanddewi Forbri Llanstephan [Davies]
Llan-y-byddar Llanybyther Llanybydder [Lewis]

Llanthoysaint / Llanddoysaint / Llanddoisaint


Llanddeusant 4
Llandeilo Llandeilo fawr Llandeilo fawr [Davies]
Llanfihangel-Iorath Llanfihangel-ar-arth Llanfihangel-ar-arth [Davies]
Llangunnock Llan-Gynog Llangynog [Lewis]
Llanismel St Ishmael St Ishmael [PRW]
Llannewydd Newchurch Newchurch [PRW]
Llanymddyfri Llandovery Llandingad [PRW]
Meidrim Mydrim Mydrim [Lewis]
Myddfai Mothvey Mothvey [Lewis]
Mynydd Du Black Mountain Llangadog [Davies]
Pen-bre Pembrey Pembrey [PRW]
Pentywyn Pendine Pendine [PRW]
Pont-iets Pontyates Llanelli [PRW]
Porthtywyn Burry Port Pembrey [PRW]
Pump-hewl Five Roads Llanelli [Davies]
Rhos-goch Red Roses Eglwys Cymyn [Davies]



Rhosaman Llangadog 3
Rhydaman Ammanford Llandybie [PRW]
Rhydodyn Edwinsford Llansawel [Davies]
Salem Heolgaled Llandeilo fawr [Davies]
Sancler St Clears St Clears [PRW]
Strade Ystradau / Stradey Park Llanelli [Davies]
Talacharn Laugharne Laugharne [PRW]
Talyllychau Talley Talley [PRW]
Tomen Owen Ystradowen (Cwmllynfell) Llangadog 3
Tref-Llech-a'r-Bettws Tre-lech a'r Betws

Tre-lech a'r Betws

Tymbl, Y Tumble Llannon [PRW]


  • 1. Deric John
  • 2. Rina Callingham
  • 3. Gill Jones
  • 4. Anna Brueton


(Gareth Hicks: last updated  5 Sept 2013)