The kingdom of Wales was conquered by Edward I of England in 1283, but has retained its own distinctive culture and heritage to this day.
Many common surnames reveal roots in North Wales, the historic Kingdom of Gwynedd.
The area encompasses present-day Anglesey, Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Merionethshire.
If you or your ancestors have one of these surnames, you could have roots in North Wales yourself.
This patronymic is found across Wales, but is most common in the north.
The 1881 census records a spike in the popularity of Ellis in and around Denbighshire.
This name is most associated with the mountainous coastal region of Meirionnydd. John Evans, born in 1770 in Waunfawr near Caernarfon, was an explorer who travelled to America and produced an early map of the Missouri River.
This patronymic is particularly concentrated in Anglesey and Caernarfonshire.
This is the most commonly found surname across all counties of North Wales. One famous Jones from the area is Monty Python comedian Terry Jones. He was born in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire in 1942.
You’ll find plenty of Lloyds in North-East and mid-Wales. Famously, the Liberal statesman David Lloyd George is Britain’s only Welsh prime minister to date, leading the country to victory in the First World War.
Most common in Anglesey, this name derives from shortening ‘ap Harry’ (son of Harry).
This is one of the four commonest surnames in every county in North Wales.
This is the patronymic form of the name William.
This personal name is often found in parts of north-east Wales.