What does "ap" before a surname mean in 1500-back Wales?

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in Genealogy Help by Dale Lynn Thomas G2G4 (4.9k points)
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Dale, "ap" is a particle used before a person's name that means "son of."  It In early, pre-1535 Wales, it was used for boys. (In different periods, people may have used "map" or "mab" instead of "ap and "ab", but the Cymru Project has standardized with the used of "ap" and "ab".)  A girl would have the particle "ferch" in front of her father's name. It is not her first name.  "Verch" was used mainly by the English, but the Welsh used "ferch", so that is the form we use.  You can see how the particles should be used in the Naming Guide for Welsh Royals and Aristocrats.  Please be very careful when you set up profiles to use the correct name.  (Also, your citations have been cut off in some way, so they all lead just lead to the FamilySearch main page, not to a link for the person.)

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