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Gwen Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Gwen is of Welsh origin.

The meaning of Gwen is "white, fair, blessed, holy".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 957  in baby name popularity for girls with 277 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Gwen Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Gwen has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Gwen to other names.


The name Gwendolen is derived from the elements gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed, holy" and dolen meaning "ring or bow".

According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gwendolen was the wife and Queen of Locrinus, King of the Britons, until she defeated him in battle and assumed leadership.


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Related Names

Gwen is a diminutive (nickname) of Gwendolen.

Variants of the name Gwen include Gwenn, Gwenna, Gwenne, Gwynn, Gwynne.

The names Gwinda, Gwyn, Gwynfor, Gwynham are all forms of Gwen.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Gwen Stefani.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Gwen in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Gwen.

Just for fun, see the name Gwen in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Gwen in Nautical Flags page.

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Last year this name was ranked as one of the top 1000 most popular names within its gender.

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