What does Gwendolyn mean?
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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Prominent varying forms of Gwendolyn (#420 last year) are Wendy (#782 last year), Gwen (#957), Windy, Gwyneth and Wendi. These girl names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4942%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.1402%, down 71.6%), with the versions Wendy, Wendi and Gwen becoming less in vogue. Gwendolyn (#420) is the most trendy girl name among these. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Gwendolyn and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)