was another of the sub-kingdoms of Gwynedd,
this one being situated in the Porthmadog and Harlech region of western Gwynedd. Upon
the death of Cunedda Wledig, his fourth son, Dynod, gained this territory, which was
named after him.
(Additional information by Edward Dawson.)
Possibly named after the better known Brochfael Ysgythrog
of sixth century Powys, the name
is an intriguing one. The second part of it is the familiar 'fael', which can
also be shown as 'mael' in other variations and 'maglo' going further back in
time. It means servant, slave, follower, etc. The first part is rather more
puzzling. 'Broch' seems to derive from proto-Celtic 'broko', meaning 'anger',
which also means 'badger' ('angry animal'). It still means both in modern
Welsh, but its origins
as a name are unknown. Was there some (local) deity who was a personification
of anger? Or was there some family emblem from tribal days, a badger totem perhaps?
Its re-use in seventh century Meirionydd
and eighth century Dunoding suggests that it had been popularised to an
extent by the earlier Powysian king.