What does Gwen mean?
Gwen \g-wen\ 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 Gwendolyn and Guinevere. 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.
Gwen▼ has 38 more related forms via Guinevere, Gwendolyn, Gwyn: Gaenna, Gaynor, Genna, Gennie, Genny, Guenna, Guinna, Gwenda, Gwenette, Gweniver, Gwenna, Gwenni, Gwennie, Gwennola, Gwennora, Gwennore, Gwenny, Gwenora, Gwenore, Gwenyth, Gwin, Gwinn, Gwinna, Gwinne, Gwyneth, Gwynna, Gwynne, Jen, Jeni, Jenni, Jenny▼, Vera, Wendi▼, Wendy▼, Win, Winne, Winny and Wynne.
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. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Gwen for girls. Gwen was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #325 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #957 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gwen and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Gwen (#957 in 2014) listed in the Top 1000 are Gwendolyn (#420 in 2014), Gwyneth, Jenny (#822), Vera (#367), Wendi and Wendy (#782). Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.6039%) and is now much lower (usage 0.236%, down 60.9%), with the versions Gwen, Jenny, Wendi and Wendy becoming less in vogue. Gwendolyn (#420) and Vera (#367) are two of the more chic baby names among these, and there is a revival in birth name usage for Vera. (2014 Birth Statistics)