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What does Gwendolyn mean?

Gwendolyn /gwen-do-lyn/ as a name for girls. Gwendolyn's root is Welsh, and the name Gwendolyn means "fair bow; blessed ring". Gwendolyn is an alternate spelling of Gwendolen (Welsh) with the suffix -yn. 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.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Gerdolyn, Gwendolya, ..

(male) Gwendomon, Gwendorin, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Gwendolyn for girls. Gwendolyn reached its highest position of #132 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is at #420 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

The only other prominent varying form of Gwendolyn (#420 last year) is Gwyn. Other variants, like Gwendaline, are seldom used. These relations of Gwendolyn were at the height of their popularity 64 years ago (median #840) and are now much less conventional (#1210, 69% 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.