As with many places with Welsh language placenames, the name of the village can often be a description of its situation or function. In this context, pont is Welsh for "bridge", while cymer means "confluence or meeting of watercourses".
Indeed, at the beginning of the village and denoting its boundary with Pantygog, the River Garw is joined by the Nant Forch Wen. At the other side of the village, towards its boundary with Blaengarw, the River Garw is also joined by the Nant Gelli Wern (marsh grove stream) at Ffaldau, the village square.
The artist and journalist Molly Thomas was born in the village, as was the snooker player Ryan Day. The film Very Annie Mary is set in the fictional village of Ogw, in which numerous locations in Pontycymer feature strongly.
Good Golly, Miss Molly; since Setting the Art World Alight in the 1960s, Molly Parkin Has Been Famed for Her Flamboyant Style and Quick Wit. in Spite of It All, She Tells Kirstie McCrum Why She'll Always Be Just a Girl from Pontycymer
May 14, 2011; Byline: Kirstie McCrum * utrageous tales of hedonism, excess and sensuality abound from Molly Parkin, 79 years young. But the...
GLAMOUR-GAN; Wendy Phillips, a 59-Year-Old Cleaner at a South Wales School, Learned This Week That She Was to Star in a Major Movie with Sir Anthony Hopkins. Completely Unfazed, She Said That Her Town Pontycymer Was Just as Glamorous as Hollywood. Yesterday the Daily Mail's Intrepid Reporter Jane Kelly, Complete with Stretch Limo of Course, Set off to Experience That Mid Glamorgan Home Town of Mrs Phillips
Jul 18, 1996; Byline: JANE KELLY WITH MY Lincoln stretch limo, with champagne and white fur rugs, I set out for Pontycymer to experience...