- Origin: Welsh
- Meaning: “handsome lord.”
- Gender: masculine
- Pronunciation: YORE-werth
The name is composed of the Welsh elements, iôr (lord) and berth (fair; handsome). It is traditionally used as a Welsh form of Edward, though the names are not related.
It is an ancient Welsh name that is found in the Mabinogion and as borne by several Medieval Welsh kings.
A traditional diminutive form, which is also used as an independent given-name, is Iolo (YOH-lo).
Another diminutive form is Iolyn (YOH-lin).
An anglicized form is Yorath.