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Gender: F Meaning of Gwen: "white circle" Origin of Gwen: Diminutive of Gwendolen Gwen's Popularity in 2013: #947

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While Gwen may have originated as a short form of Gwendolen, these days, it usually stands on its own. Rocker Gwen Stefani has given it a shot of cool, and parents are choosing it as a standalone more and more often -- it was one of the 2013 list's fastest-rising names. Might also be short for Guinevere or Gwendolyn.

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Famous People Named Gwen

Gwen Renee Stefani, American singer and fashion designer
Gwen Guthrie, American singer
Gwen John, Welsh artist
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Ifill, American journalist
Gwenyth "Gwen" Verdon, American actress of the 50s-60s
Gwendolyn Lee "Gwen", daughter of singer Tammy Wynette

Pop Culture References for the Name Gwen

Gwen Stacy, love interest of Spider-Man
Gwen Cooper, Torchwood character
Gwen Dawson, Downtown Abbey character
Gwen Tennyson, from Ben 10
Gwen Grayson, from 2005 movie Sky High
Gwen Raiden, from the TV series Angel
Gwen Norbeck, from As the World Turns
Gwen Van Osburgh, character in The House of Mirth (1905)
Gwen Thompson, best friend of 2009 American Girl of the Year Chrissa Maxwell
Gwen, character from movie "Ghost Town"
Gwen Cummings, from movie "28 Days"
Gwen Hines, character in Arthur Christmas
Nickname of Guinevere in BBC fantasy series Merlin
Gwen Campbell, Supernatural character

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