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What does Emrys mean?

Emrys [em-rys] as a boys' name is of Welsh and Greek origin, and the meaning of Emrys is "immortal".

The Welsh version of Ambrose. In Welsh tradition, Ambrosius Aurelianus (fifth century), military leader and uncle to King Arthur, is also known as Emrys Wledig. Merlin is also sometimes known as Merlin Emrys.

Associated with: greek, leader, king.


Emrys has 3 relations via Ambrose: Ambros, Ambrus and Amby.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Elrys, Esrys, ..

(female) Emrysan, Emrysi, ..

How popular is Emrys?

Emrys is an unusual given name for males and an equally uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

The only popular variation form of Emrys (outside Top 2000) is Ambrose (#1714 the previous year). Other forms, like Ambros, are uncommon. Adoption of this relation of Emrys reached its most widespread in the 1890s (adoption of 0.03%) and has become significantly lower since, with Ambrose becoming less stylish. Below is a graphed analysis of the history of Emrys and associated names. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ambrose in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Emrys and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Borys, Efryn, Elvys, Emerus, Emery, Emlyn, Emory, Emyr, Eros, Erryl and Eryk. These names tend to be more frequently used than Emrys.