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What does Gwen mean?

Gwen Pronunciation of Gwen [gwen] as a girls' name is pronounced gwyn. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Gwen is "fair, white, blessed, holy". Short form of Gwendolen, Guinevere and Gwenllian. In Welsh Gwen is the feminine form of Gwyn. Name of a fifth-century saint who was aunt of St David and mother of the saints Cybi and Cadfan. Often used as an independent name. Pop singer Gwen Stefani.

Associated with: fair (beautiful), white, blessed.


Gwen has 3 variants: Gwenn, Gwyn and Gwynn.

21 more related forms via Guinevere, Gwendolen, Gwyn: Gaenna, Genna, Genny, Guenna, Gwenda, Gwenna, Gwenni, Gwennie, Gwenny, Gwenora, Gwenore, Gwenyth, Gwin, Gwinn, Gwinna, Gwinne, Gwynna, Gwynne, Jen, Jeni and Win.

Creative forms:
(female) Geen, Gwlen, ..

(male) Gwan, Gwend, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gwen Damaris (G.D.), ..

How popular is Gwen?

Gwen is a very prominent first name for women (#451 out of 4276, Top 11%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#90252 out of 150436, Top 60%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Gwen was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its highest rank of #327 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #746 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gwen name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gwen outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Gwen (#746 in 2015) listed in the Top 2000 are Genna, Guinevere (#1336 in 2015), Gwenda, Gwenn, Gwenyth (#1523), Gwyn, Gwynne and Jeni. Other forms, like Gwenna, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Gwen reached its most widespread in the 1950s (median #1577) and has remained as conventional to this day (#1733, 8% less usage).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gwen, Genna, Guinevere, Gwenda, Gwenn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gwenyth, Gwyn, Gwynne, Jeni in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gwen and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Gwen is alike in pronunciation to Gunne. Other recommended names are Aden, Anwen, Aren, Arwen, Aven, Bren, Eden, Elen, Gae, Gaea, Gael, Galen, Geena, Gem, Gena, Gene, Glen, Glenn, Glyn, Iren, Olwen, Pen, Rowen, Ryen and Wren. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gwen.

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