Aberystwyth Name Meaning

Aberystwyth is a city on the west coast of Wales, which is part of the United Kingdom. It is particularly known as a university town.

Aberystwyth is a Welsh name and consists of two parts:

  • Aber (which means confluence of rivers or the place where a river enters sea)
  • Ystwyth (which is a river name)

Therefore the city’s name means “the mouth of the river Ystwyth”.

In fact, there are two rivers entering the sea in Aberystwyth. Besides the Ystwyth it is also the river Rheidol, which is actually the one closer to the city centre and also the one which feels a bit bigger.

You will find some locals referring to Aberystwyth simply as Aber, which is obviously much easier to pronounce, but might be a bit confusuing in some situations, because there are many cities, towns and villages in Wales with names starting with Aber (yes, there are many rivers in Wales). Welsh, as well as English, is the official language in Wales.