What does Gwendolyn mean?
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) with the suffix -yn. See also Gwyn.
(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)
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 #404 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
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).
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.See names in meaning and etymology.