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What does Gwendolyn mean?

Gwendolyn Pronunciation of Gwendolyn [gwen-dolyn] as a name for girls has its root in Welsh, and the name Gwendolyn means "fair bow; blessed ring". Gwendolyn is an alternate spelling of Gwendolen (Welsh). See also Gwyn.

Associated with: fair (beautiful), blessed.


Gwendolyn has 14 variants: Guendolen, Guendolin, Guendolinn, Guendolynn, Gwendaline, Gwendalyn, Gwendolene, Gwendolin, Gwendoline, Gwendolyne, Gwendolynn, Gwendolynne, Gwenndolyn and Gwyndolyn.

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Middle name pairings:
Gwendolyn Denise (G.D.), ..

How popular is Gwendolyn?

Gwendolyn is a very popular first name for females (#264 out of 4276, Top 6%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Gwendolyn reached its highest position of #132 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #404 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. The only other prominent varying form of Gwendolyn (#404 last year) is Gwyn. Other variants, like Gwendaline, are seldom used. These relations of Gwendolyn were at the height of their popularity 65 years ago (median #840) and are now much less conventional (#1202, 67.5% less usage).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gwendolyn, Gwyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Brandalyn, Brandelyn, Brandilyn, Brandolyn, Brandylyn (see Brandilyn), Brendolyn, Gemmalyn, Geralyn, Gerrilyn, Guennola, Gwenda, Gwenfron, Gwenllian, Gwenn, Gwennola (see Guinevere), Gwennora (see Guinevere), Gwennore (see Guinevere), Gwenny, Gwenora, Gwenore, Jennalyn, Jennilyn, Mandalyn and Mandolyn. These names tend to be less frequently used than Gwendolyn.

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