Interested in the name for the God in Irish tradition. I follow Cerridwen as the Goddess aspect. All I can find is the name for the Horned Lord did not survive Christianity. Any clues? I currently use Cerrunos which is Welsh gaelic. I'd appreciate any input.

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As far as I know, Cerrunos is the accepted name in Ireland...huge crossover between the ancient Irish and Welsh anyway...


Hi Joanne! Just wanted to point out that, as a follower of the Horned One, I split hairs when it comes to the spelling of His name. It is spelled Cernunnos. Cern- from the Latin for Horn (as in Cornucopia and so on), and -unnos from the Latin for One.
And, technically - as KEA pointed out - Cernunnos is not His name, it is just a title meaning Horned One. Unfortunately His actually name is not recorded anywhere, at least in any records that have been discovered as of yet. In lieu of a name, His title - Cernunnos, meaning Horned One - is used. In some circles it is believed that the Welsh deity Gwynn Ap Nud is equivalent to Cernunnos, but decisive evidence of this has not yet been discovered.
Just had to say something here... Welsh is not Gaelic. There is a branch of languages called Celtic languages, and this is split into two smaller branches: Godelic (or Gaelic) and Brythonic (or British) languages. In the Gaelic branch there are 3 languages: Irish Gaelic (referred to as Irish), Scottish Gaelic (referred to as Gaelic) and Manx Gaelic. There are also 3 branches in the British branch: Welsh, Cornish, and Breton. So, as you can see, technically Welsh is not Gaelic.
KEA, I hate to be the one to inform of you of this, but there is no record of His true name. He has been equated with many other deities from many different cultures, but decisive evidence in support of any one of them has ever been found. Some of the names that have bandied about as true names include the British Herne, a Welsh deity called Hu Gadarn (who has since been exposed as a fake), Pashupati (a Hindu deity with surprising similarities to Cernunnons), Actaeon (a tragic figure from Greek mythology), and Pan (also from Greek mythology). Connections have also been suggested between Cernunnos and the Welsh deity Gwynn Ap Nud. For now though, we His followers must be satisfied with His Latin title Cernunnos - Horned One - and hope and pray that some day His true name will be revealed to us.
Thanks for the information, often in my prayers I just call him the Horned Lord to balance my worship of the Goddess. On my alter he is represented by a stag with acorns threaded through his antlers with ribbons all done in brass. My Goddess is Cerridwen, aspect of creation and rebirth. Its nice to know that I was right in what I was calling him, deep  in my heart.

I'm still learning of the Gods and Goddesses and I recently started worshipping the god Pan, traditionally Greek but spread into all religions except Christianity, and he is also referred to Cernunnos, or the Horned One, for his goat horns.


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