Gwendolyn is a beautiful name that fits a queen. This is appropriate as the first individual in history with the name is said to be the queen of the Brittons according to Welsh mythology. Other popular uses of the name Gwendolen, as it was originally spelled, include the name of the wife of Merlin, and a name of a character in one of Oscar Wilde's plays.

Meaning of the name Gwendolyn:

Welsh: blessed ring

Origin of the name Gwendolyn:

Gwendolyn was originally more popularly spelled Gwendolen until the popularity of African-American poet, Gwendolyn. In ancient Wales, this original spelling came from the root words “gwen” and “dolen.” The name spread as a legendary queen named Gwendolyn defeated her husband to win back Great Britain.

Symbolism of the name Gwendolyn:

The baby name Gwendolyn receives its meaning from traditional Welsh words. “Gwen” meant “fair” or “blessed.” “Dolen,” which is the original suffix of the name, means “ring” or “loop.”

baby name Gwendolyn

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Gender of the name Gwendolyn:

Gwendolyn is a name for baby girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Gwendolyn:

Gwendolyn is queenly and stately. It is regal, yet approachable. These emotions give the name a kinder feel.

Alternative spellings for the name Gwendolyn:

  • Gwendolen
  • Gwendoline
  • Guendolen
  • Guendolyn
  • Gwendolyne
  • Gwyndilyn
  • Gwendolin

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Popularity of the name Gwendolyn:

The baby name Gwendolyn reached its peak popularity in 1951 and 1953 at number 112 overall. The name was on the top 200 list from 1932 to 1965, however. In the year 2020, the baby name has declined some in popularity and ranks at number 377 overall.

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Famous people with the name Gwendolyn:

Gwendolyns in popular culture:

  • Gwendolyn Tennyson (character in “Ben, 10”)
  • Gwendolyn Stacy (character in “Spider Man”)
  • Gwendolyn Cooper (character in “The Wonder Years”)
  • Gwendolyn Post (character in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”)
  • Gwendolyn (character in “Odin Sphere” video game)
  • Gwendolyn Sommerset (character in “Ravenhearst” video game)