Gwendolyn Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Gwendolyn:
English variant of the Welsh Gwendolen (fair-browed), a compound name composed of the elements gwen, gwyn (white, fair, blessed) and dolen (brows, eyebrows).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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I wanted all my kids to have Welsh names. It is not easy to find Welsh names (for 3 kids) that are easily pronounceable and spellable by Americans. I find it interesting that another commentator said that other Gwendolyns with whom she is acquainted are black people. In my experience many black people have a lot of trouble pronouncing the GW combination of Gwendolyn. (Which does not make what she said untrue. I have met at least one black Gwendolyn.) I luckily didn't have much trouble with the middle name. The name Dee ( there is a river Dee in Wales) runs through our family for men and women. A three syllable first name requires a short middle name.
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I am a Caucasian woman from 1982, and my name is Gwendolyn. Probably six of the eight encounters I've had in my life with other Gwendolyns have been African American women who are at least 15 years older than myself. I've always found that interesting.
My 17 mth old daughter is Gwendolyn (Gwendolyn Lee). We named her after my Nana who I am very close to, but I have loved the name as long as I can remember! I also love that it is an old fashioned classic name, but is not popular! I know 2 other Gwendolyns other than my Nana. One of them is in her 30s and the other was born just shy of a year after my Gwen to a childhood friend of mine. I get compliments on it ALL the time!!! I really hope it doesn't take off in popularity!
My husband and I named our first daughter Gwendolyn. He had five other children from two other relationships, and I thought that Gwen fit in with names like Jack, Emeline, Adella, Hudson, and Lillian. Lilly was especially happy about having a little sister, and she called her Gwenny Penny until she was seven! Gwen has four younger siblings, twins Piper and Scout, Bryce, and Cooper.
- Nicknames for Gwendolyn: | Edit
Gwen, Wendy, Dolly, Gwennie, Lyn, Win/Wyn, Winnie, Ginny
- Meanings and history of the name Gwendolyn: | Edit
Welsh, Merlin's wife, Goddess of the Moon
- Famous real-life people named Gwendolyn: | Edit
Gwendolyn Bennett, American writer
Gwendolyn Bradley, American soprano
Gwendolyn Britt, American Democratic politician
Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Ifill, American journalist and TV newscaster
Gwendoline Christie, British actor who portrays lady warrior Brienne of Tarth on "Game of Thrones," also to be featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakes as a character named Captain Phasma
- Gwendolyn in song, story & screen: | Edit
Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, character in the show The Wonder Years
Gwendolyn "Gwen" DeLancy, character in The Riyria Revelations fantasy book series