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 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)
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)