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Origin of the name RHYENCE.
Etymology of the name RHYENCE.
Meaning of the baby name RHYENCE.


RHYENCE.  Arthurian.  A giant who trimmed his robe with the beards of eleven kings, and wanted to make Arthur's beard the twelfth.  The name probably means "warrior," from Welsh rhys.  Also called Rience, Rion, and Ryence.

Sir Gawaine was the hero of the battle with the giant Rhyence:  "That Gawain with his olde curtesie." Chaucer, The Squire's Tale. (A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, Bardsley, 1901)

    The romances of Arthur turned Rhitta Gawr into a fierce monarch called Rhyence, king of North Wales, an aggressor instead of a defender of justice, who, however, had his scarlet mantle purfled with the moderate number of eleven royal beards, and politely demanded that of King Arthur to complete the trimming, with what consequences no one acquainted with King Arthur can doubt.
    Whence come the names of Ryence and Rhittar?  They connect themselves closely with the universal words for ruler, the Gadhaelic righ, Teuton rik, Latin rex, and the rajah of India.  Rhys is, in Welsh, a rushing man or warrior,... (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884) 


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