Toponymic Centenarian: Gwynedd Pierce

Congratulations to Gwynedd Pierce, Honorary President of the Welsh Place Name Society (WPNS) and former president of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland (SNSBI), on celebrating his hundredth birthday today!

May 2021 will see the hundredth birthday of Emeritus Professor Gwynedd Pierce. Gwynedd was head of the department of Welsh History at Cardiff University and the author of several authoritative books on the place-names of Wales. His Place-names of Dinas Powys Hundred (1968) was the first publication in Wales to adopt the EPNS (English Place Name Society) model for an exhaustive place-name survey. He also published extensively in scholarly journals including Nomina and the EPNS journal. He became the Welsh Place Name Society’s first Honorary President in 2012.

To celebrate his birthday and honour his achievements WPNS is publishing a festschrift. SNSBI involvement will also see a greeting by Diana Whaley on behalf of SNSBI. It is worth noting that this is WPNS’s first publication. The volume, entitled Mater yr Enwau (‘the matter of names’), will be on the WPNS website but it is intended that some hard copies will also be available. Publication will probably be late summer 2021, but details will be circulated nearer the time.