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.
North Wales encompasses present-day Anglesey, Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Merionethshire. These surnames are all common North Welsh surnames.
The top 10 North Welsh surnames
This patronymic surname is found across Wales, but is most common in the north.
The 1881 census records a spike in the popularity of the surname Ellis in and around Denbighshire.
This surname is most associated with the mountainous North Welsh 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 North Welsh surname. 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 surname derives from shortening ‘ap Harry’ (son of Harry).
This is one of the four commonest North Welsh surnames.
This surname is the patronymic form of the name William.
This personal name is often found in parts of north-east Wales.