A Welsh Name A Day

masculine; pr. dalɪs

detailed pronunciation

d = as in do
a = as in sat
l = as in like
i (ɪ) = as in it
s = as in see

The name of an old fair (Ffair [name_f]Dalis[/name_f]) near Lampeter, [name_m]Wales[/name_m] in 1570. The name of the fair is believed to be a reference to Llanwyddalis (Vitalis’ [name_m]Parish[/name_m] in English) - the name of an old church in Dihewyd, Ceredigion - as this is where the fair originated.

The first recorded use of [name_f]Dalis[/name_f] as a given name in [name_u]England[/name_u] & [name_m]Wales[/name_m] is 1895, and the most recent recorded use is 1976.

Although [name_f]Dalis[/name_f] is a masculine name (in Wales), it was given to a baby girl in 1900, but it cannot be confirmed whether her name originated from Welsh or another source.

index combos

1896: [name_f]Dalis[/name_f] [name_u]James[/name_u]
1900: [name_f]Dalis[/name_f] [name_f]Sylvia[/name_f]
1976: [name_f]Dalis[/name_f] [name_u]Glyn[/name_u]


masculine, pr. ˈdeːri or ˈdɛri; meaning: oak trees, from deri / derw (oak trees / oaks)

detailed pronunciation

d = as in do
e (e:) = a, as in may
r = as in right
i = e, as in be

d = as in do
e (ɛ) = as in well
r = as in right
i = e, as in be

The first recorded use of [name_m]Deri[/name_m] as a given name is 1900, and the most recent recorded usage is 2020.

Although [name_m]Deri[/name_m] is a masculine name, and predominantly used as such, it has been given to a number of girls since 1990.

[name_m]Deri[/name_m] gained widespread popularity in the 70s and 80s when it was given to a total of 26 babies in each year. However, [name_m]Deri[/name_m] peaked in popularity by count in 2009, when it was given to 10 baby boys (rank: 1,981), and by rank in 1996, when it ranked at 1,591 (count: 7).

In 1999, [name_m]Deri[/name_m] was given to 3 baby girls and ranked at 3,900. There has been no other recorded use of [name_m]Deri[/name_m] as a given name for girls since official statistics began.

In 2020, [name_m]Deri[/name_m] was given to 4 baby boys and ranked at 3,848. In 2021, there was no recorded use of [name_m]Deri[/name_m] as a given name for boys.

Births Registered in [name_m]Wales[/name_m], 1900-1992

A search of the Births Registered Indexes produces 7,140 results. However, the results often display records for names beginning with the searched name. In this case, the results also displayed some records for [name_m]Derick[/name_m], [name_m]Deric[/name_m], [name_m]Derik[/name_m], Derice, Derith, and more.

The results were filtered down to Indexes within the past and present counties of [name_m]Wales[/name_m] and, after all unrelated names and known duplicates were excluded, there were only 98 results. The results can be viewed below. (Note: names with an * represent a possible duplicate).


1900: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Stephens[/name_m]
1902: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Blwyddyn
1906: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Owen[/name_u] D. [name_m]Evans[/name_m]
1922: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] A. [name_m]Evans[/name_m]
1933: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] J. Hucker
1938: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] T. [name_u]Morgan[/name_u]
1943: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] K. [name_m]Jones[/name_m]
1948: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Griffiths


1952: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] A. Evans; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] S. Trimm
1953: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Francis[/name_u]
1954: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Ridgeway; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] R. [name_m]Jones[/name_m]
1955: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Brine; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Pethers
1957: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] J. [name_m]Jones[/name_m]
1958: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] J. Lloyd; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] J. [name_m]Edwards[/name_m]


1960: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] J. [name_m]Payne[/name_m]
1961: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] M. [name_u]Strong[/name_u], [name_m]Deri[/name_m] A. Skates
1962: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] E. [name_m]Roberts[/name_m], [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Rodgers, [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Nipper
1963: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_f]Flower[/name_f]
1964: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] J. [name_m]Evans[/name_m]
1965: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Morris[/name_m]
1966: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Roberts[/name_m]
1967: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Williams[/name_m], [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Anne[/name_u] [name_m]Ward[/name_m], [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Hewitson
1968: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Michael[/name_u] [name_m]Bourke[/name_m], [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Wells[/name_m]
1969: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] [name_m]Harris[/name_m]


1970: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Williams; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_f]Samantha[/name_f] Lewis; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Gwyn[/name_u] Lloyd; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Rhyddian [name_m]Williams[/name_m]
1972: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Wyn[/name_u] Griffiths; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Wyn[/name_u] [name_m]Roberts[/name_m]
1974: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Alyn Bevan; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Lyn[/name_u] [name_m]Williams[/name_m]
1975: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Morgan; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Thomas; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_f]Ann[/name_f] Baines
1976: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Elver; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Vimpany; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] Gurney; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Craig[/name_m] [name_u]Wallace[/name_u]
1977: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Williams; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Penmon Hollywell; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Lewis; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] [name_u]Logan[/name_u]
1978: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Robert[/name_u] Ralph; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] D. Jones; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Ossian[/name_m] [name_m]Lewis[/name_m]
1979: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] T. Morgan; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Huw[/name_m] J. J. Jones; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Gareth[/name_m] Thomas; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] [name_m]Williams[/name_m]


1980: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Jenkins*; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Roberts*; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Michael[/name_u] Evans; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Stuart[/name_m] T. [name_u]Olsen[/name_u]
1981: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Aneiron Price; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Forward
1982: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Rhydian[/name_m] [name_m]Burgess[/name_m]
1983: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Aled[/name_m] Hughes; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Rowland[/name_m] Thomas; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Craig[/name_m] [name_m]Teague[/name_m]
1984: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_f]Angharad[/name_f] E. Bond; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Gavin[/name_m] Evans; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Craig[/name_m] Griffiths; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] [name_m]Williams[/name_m]
1985: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Llewelyn[/name_m] Cashell; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Gareth[/name_m] [name_m]Jones[/name_m] [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Tomos[/name_m] Lamb
1986: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] Hobbs*; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Lloyd[/name_m] Jones; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Edward[/name_u] Reed; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] Rogers; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] Stokes*
1987: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Davies; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Wilson[/name_u]
1988: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Anthony[/name_m] [name_m]Vaughan[/name_m]
1989: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Mason[/name_u]


1990: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Rhys[/name_u] Galvin; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] Merrifield
1991: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Thomas[/name_m] Gittings; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Rhodri[/name_m] Harris; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_f]Barri[/name_f] J. Jones; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Gwyn[/name_u] Jones; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Michael[/name_u] O’Grady; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Preece
1992: [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Morgan[/name_u] Cook; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]Robert[/name_u] Davies; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_m]Thorn[/name_m] Deakin; [name_m]Deri[/name_m] [name_u]James[/name_u] [name_m]Isaac[/name_m]


Dulais / Dulas
masculine; pr. diːlais / di:las; meaning: dark stream or dark blue

detailed pronunciation

d = as in do
u (i:) = e, as in roses (elongated)
l = as in like
ai = eye
s = as in see

d = as in do
u (i:) = e, as in roses (elongated)
l = as in like
a = as in sat
s = as in see

Dulais is composed of du (black, dark) + glais (stream), whereas Dulas is composed of du (black, dark) + glas (blue). As a word, dulas / du-las means black and blue / blackish-blue / bluish grey / deep blue / violet.

Alternatively, it has been suggested that Dulais / Dulas could originate from Irish/Gaelic dub(h) (black, dark) + glais (river) or glas (grey, green). This would make Dulais / Dulas the Welsh equivalent of [name_u]Douglas[/name_u].

Dulais and Dulas were the names of Celtic rivers in [name_m]Wales[/name_m]. There are still rivers, and places, with these names today. The Dulais [name_f]Valley[/name_f], near Neath, surrounds [name_u]River[/name_u] Dulais, and City Dulas* (or Dulas) is a village in Anglesey and home to Dulas [name_u]Bay[/name_u].

*Fun Fact

City Dulas has never held an official status as a city and has never claimed to be a city. As “city” is not a word that exists in Welsh, it is believed that “city” is a possible Anglicisation of Saith Tŷ (Seven Houses).

The first recorded usage of Dulais as a given name is 1897, and the most recent recorded usage is 1969. Dulais has seen major usage as a feminine name, as well as a masculine name.

The first recorded usage of Dulas as a given name is 1877, and the most recent recorded usage is 1933. Dulas has only seen usage as a masculine name.

Index & Census Entries
as a given name

1877: Dulas [name_m]Bently[/name_m] [name_m]Parry[/name_m]
1897: Dulais [name_f]Maud[/name_f] [name_u]Morgan[/name_u]
1908: Dulais [name_f]Angharad[/name_f] [name_m]Davies[/name_m]
1909: Dulais [name_m]Lewis[/name_m] [name_m]Thomas[/name_m]
1910: Dulais [name_f]Irene[/name_f] Getkin
1921: Dulais [name_f]Mary[/name_f] [name_m]Evans[/name_m]
1920: Dulais Walwen [name_m]Jones[/name_m]
1969: Dulais [name_u]Lyn[/name_u] [name_m]Thomas[/name_m]
Duais Authorite [name_m]Collin[/name_m] Ovllwyn

as a middle name

1856: [name_u]John[/name_u] Dulais [name_m]Williams[/name_m]
1868: [name_u]David[/name_u] Dulas [name_m]Jones[/name_m]
1879: [name_m]Caradoc[/name_m] Dulas [name_u]Temple[/name_u]
1886: [name_u]Sydney[/name_u] Dulas [name_u]Davis[/name_u]
1887: [name_f]Grace[/name_f] Dulais [name_m]Davies[/name_m]
1891: [name_u]Evan[/name_u] Dulais [name_u]Morgan[/name_u]
1894: [name_u]John[/name_u] Dulas [name_m]Davies[/name_m]
1901: [name_u]David[/name_u] Dulais Hopkins; [name_f]Olwen[/name_f] Dulas [name_u]Rees[/name_u]
1903: [name_m]Gwilym[/name_m] Dulais [name_u]Rees[/name_u]
1904: [name_f]Edna[/name_f] Dulas Anthony; [name_m]Trefor[/name_m] Dulas [name_m]Jones[/name_m]
1905: [name_m]Brynmor[/name_m] Dulais [name_u]James[/name_u]
1906: [name_f]Gladys[/name_f] Dulas [name_m]Thomas[/name_m]
1907: [name_m]Edwin[/name_m] Dulas [name_m]Jones[/name_m]
1908: [name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] Dulais Hopkins
1910: [name_f]Dorothy[/name_f] [name_f]Miriam[/name_f] Dulais Aubert; [name_m]Victor[/name_m] [name_u]John[/name_u] Dulas Bagnall
1911: Euryn Dulas [name_u]Owen[/name_u]
1921: [name_m]Peter[/name_m] Dulais [name_u]Morgan[/name_u]