Meaning of Blodeuwedd

Blodeuwedd meaning Flower Face
Blodeuwedd meaning Flower Face

Based on the mythological text Mabinogi, the meaning of Blodeuwedd is “face of flowers”, or “flower face”. She was created by Gwydion for his nephew Lleu Llaw Gyffes from the blossoms of broom, meadow-sweet, and oak.

Beautiful but unfaithful, she is eventually punished for infidelity by eternal transformation into an owl.

Thus, the name Blodeuwedd encompasses both grace and rebellion, romance and tragedy.

Popularity of Blodeuwedd

According to common baby-naming websites, the popularity of Blodeuwedd is low, rarely found outside of the United Kingdom. It does not appear in the top 100 popular names of 2017.

In Popular Culture

John Steinbeck briefly mentions the name Blodeuwedd in his story Sweet Thursday (1954).
The story and name of Blodeuwedd is used in the Alan Gardner novel The Owl Service (1967), and the Welsh book and film, Tylluan Wen.
The Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru has revived the classic story of Blodeuwedd, setting it during World War II.

Useful Resources

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