Meaning and name origin
Gwendolyn \gwe-ndol-yn, gwen-do-lyn\ as a girl's name is pronounced GWYN-doh-lin. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Gwendolyn is "fair bow; blessed ring". In some legends, Merlin the magician has a wife named Gwendolyn. The variant Wendy is much more common.
Gwendolyn has 34 variant forms: Guendolen, Guendolin, Guendolinn, Guendolynn, Guenna, Gwen, Gwenda, Gwendaline, Gwendalyn, Gwendolen, Gwendolene, Gwendolin, Gwendoline, Gwendolynn, Gwendolynne, Gwenna, Gwenette, Gwenndolen, Gwenni, Gwennie, Gwenny, Gwenyth, Gwyn, Gwyndolyn, Gwyneth, Gwynn, Gwynna, Gwynne, Wendi, Wendie, Wendy, Win, Winne and Wynne.
Gwendolyn is a very popular first name for females (#264 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Gwendolyn for girls. Gwendolyn reached its highest rank of #134 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Gwendolyn and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Gwendolyn (#420), Wendy (#782), Gwen (#957), Wendi and Gwyneth. (2014 statistics).