King Arthur's Knights Seeing a Vision of the Holy Grail (King Caradoc is in blue)

Origin: Welsh
Gender: Male
Meaning: "Love"
Pronunciation: ka-RA-dock
Other Forms: Caradog, Caratacos, Caratacus

This strong Welsh name has a surprisingly soft meaning - it comes from the Celtic car, meaning "love" and shares this root with the girl's name Carys. In mythology (some believe he was real, or at least a amalgamation of few a historical figures) King Caradoc Freichfras, also known as Caradoc Strongman, lived during the 5th- or 6th-century and was a knight of the Round Table. He was said to be a King of Gwent, a medieval Welsh kingdom that laid between the rivers Wye and Usk, and existed from the end of Roman rule until the Normans invaded in the 11th-century. 

In the Welsh Triads, medieval scripts that have preserved much of Welsh myth and history, he is said to be Arthur's chief elder at Celliwig in Cornwall. Cellwig is one of the earliest named locations for Arthur's court. Caradoc even had his own romance called the "Life of Caradoc", featuring in the first continuation of de Troyes' "Perceval, the Story of the Grail".

Caradoc has a few different forums and they all seem to derive from the original form, Caratacos. Caratacos is also the name of a 1st-century British chieftan famous for rebelling against Roman rule. In Shropshire there is a hill named Caradoc that is purported to have been in honor of a Celt who was taken as a slave by the Romans. He refused to bow down when beaten and was cheered by the crowd and eventually freed. 

If you are looking for a name with history, then Caradoc, rumored to be one of the oldest names from Britain, is a name I can't recommend more!


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