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Gwendolyn Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Gwendolyn is of Welsh origin.

The meaning of Gwendolyn is "white, fair ring".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 420  in baby name popularity for girls with 756 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Gwendolyn Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Gwendolyn has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Gwendolyn 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

Gwendolyn is a variant spelling of Gwendolen.

Gwendolyn has the diminutive (nickname) Gwen.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Gwendolyn Brooks.

Name Fun

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

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Gwendolyn.

Just for fun, see the name Gwendolyn 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 Gwendolyn 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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