Meaning and name origin
Gwen \g-wen\ as a girl's 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 is a very popular first name for females (#451 out of 4276, Top 11%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gwen for girls. Gwen reached its highest rank of #325 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gwen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gwendolyn (#420) and Gwen (#957). (2014 statistics).
Gwen▼ is also pronounced similarly to Gwin and Gwinn. Other suggested similar baby names are Geena, Gem, Gena▼, Gene▼, Glen, Gwenna, Gwenni and Gwenny. These names tend to be less commonly used than Gwen.