Dear Jennifer,

First off, I want to say I love your website. I am an aspiring author who has always been curious about names anyway, and Baby Names is such a help. Second, I was wondering about the name Emrys. I’ve seen it several places, and I know it’s Welsh, but I noticed it was not listed here. Do you think you could help me?

Thank you,

Dear Aliana,

Thank you for your kind words! I love hearing about other authors using our site. Also, make sure to check out for character naming tips.

As for the name Emrys, it is the Welsh form of the name Ambrose, which in itself is a form of the Latin Ambrosius or Greek Ambrosios. The name is traditionally male and means “Immortal.” The mythical wizard character Merlin’s full name in Welsh is Myrddin Emrys (or Merlin Ambrose).

We have now added it to the website. Thank you for writing! It’s a great name with a lot of history.


Merlin the Wizard by William O’Conner

Jennifer Moss (she/her) is the founder of, author of The Baby Names Workbook, and Producer of The Baby Names Podcast. Jennifer is widely regarded as the leading expert on popular baby name trends and the naming process, serving as the authoritative source on the subject for national and international media.

Jennifer entered the tech arena in the 80s as a software developer and database architect, and became a pioneer in the Internet industry. In addition to operating, Jennifer owns a web development agency in central California.