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Meaning and Name Origin

Gwendolyn \gwe-ndol-yn, gwen-do-lyn\ as a girls' 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 variants: Guendolen, Guendolin, Guendolinn, Guendolynn, Guenna, Gwen, Gwenda, Gwendaline, Gwendalyn, Gwendolen, Gwendolene, Gwendolin, Gwendoline, Gwendolynn, Gwendolynne, Gwenette, Gwenna, Gwenndolen, Gwenni, Gwennie, Gwenny, Gwenyth, Gwyn, Gwyndolyn, Gwyneth, Gwynn, Gwynna, Gwynne, Wendi, Wendie, Wendy, Win, Winne and Wynne.

Gwendolyn has 7 more related forms via Wendy: Wenda, Wendaline, Wendee, Wendeline, Wendey, Wendye and Windy.


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)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Gwendolyn for girls. Gwendolyn reached its highest position of #134 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #420 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gwendolyn name in U.S.

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Gwendolyn and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Gwendolyn (#420 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Wendy (#782 last year), Gwen (#957), Windy, Gwyneth and Wendi. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during 1970-1979 and are now much less widespread, with the versions Wendy, Wendi and Gwen becoming less in vogue. Gwendolyn (#420) is the most trendy girl name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gwen, Gwendolyn, Gwyneth, Wendi, Wendy, Windy in U.S.

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