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Type Settlement
Usage Welsh

Meaning & History

The capital city of Wales. Cardiff derives from the city's Welsh name Caerdydd, which in turn was derived from the city's Old Welsh name Caerdyf (In Welsh f (v) is often mutated to dd (th)).
The first element caer, means 'fort, castle' in Welsh (see Carlisle).
The second element dyf, however, has no obvious meaning, but is likely an Old Welsh derivative of a Brythonic-Celtic word for the River Taff, which has it's estuary in Cardiff.
Added 7/3/2016 by McLeeds