Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Ffion

Ffion is a Welsh name; it's the Welsh (Celtic) word for “foxglove” (the flower). It also happens to be a Top 15 favorite girls name in Wales today. The scientific name for the foxglove is “Digitalis”, from the Latin “digitus” meaning finger, in reference to the flowers small tubular shape which can easily slip over one’s finger (like a little finger thimble). Native to Western Europe (among other locales) and hearty enough to withstand a range of habitats, the foxglove is whimsically bell shaped, vividly beautiful in color, climb to a height between two and six feet, and generally take a cycle of two years to reach full bloom. While ultimately poisonous, the foxglove does provide some medicinal benefits in the treatment of heart conditions (mainly irregular heart rhythms and congestive heart failure). It is said that foxglove was originally called “folk’s glove” in reference to the wee little folks (fairies) who dwelled in them. As a means of keeping young children away from the toxic, potentially harmful plant, they were told that picking the flowers greatly offended the fairies. Other folklore suggests that the fairies gave the flowers to the foxes; the sly fox could slip on the magical gloves and quietly raid chicken coops undetected. In Ireland, the flowers were referred to as “Fairy Thimbles” and in Wales as “Goblin’s Gloves”. Apparently Welsh babies were named Ffion if they exhibited exceptionally rosy cheeks (like the pink foxglove). Aside from Ffion’s clear connection to the foxglove flower, some people also consider the name a Welsh version of Fiona (although the two names are unrelated from an etymological perspective). See the name Fiona for more information.

All About the Baby Name – Ffion

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME FFION

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME FFION

You won’t be surprised to learn that the unusually spelled Ffion has never made it over to America. The only reason why we added this name to our list is because it’s so popular in Wales. Don’t forget, the Welsh gave us names like Megan, Guinevere and Gwendolyn. Perhaps some of their latest favorites might sneak beyond the Welsh borders, jump the Atlantic and find their way over to the United States. Stranger things have happened. For instance, Seren is also a popular girl’s name in Wales right now (it’s the Welsh word for “star”) and so is Cerys (“love”). Other popular female names for merched ychydig o Cymru (little girls of Wales) are Lowri (Laura), Efa (Eva), Cadi (Cathy) and Alys (Alice). Not a whole lot different from us English-speaking folk, but with an added dose of Celtic charm.

Quick Facts

ON FFION

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

FEE-on

SIMPLE MEANING:

Foxglove

Characteristics

OF FFION

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Ffion

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME FFION

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Ffion

Popular Songs

ON FFION

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Ffion


Famous People

NAMED FFION

Ffion Jenkins (wife of British politician William Hague)

Children of Famous People

NAMED FFION

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Ffion

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME FFION

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ffion