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Gender: F Meaning of Gwendolyn: "white ring" Origin of Gwendolyn: Variation of Gwendolen, Welsh Gwendolyn's Popularity in 2012: #514

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One spelling variation that's more popular than the original, this somewhat old fashioned name might be in honor of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American to win a Pulitzer prize for poetry, or may be a way to get to the modern short form Gwen.

In the Oscar Wilde play, the character's name is spelled the traditional Welsh way, Gwendolen, as it was for one of the principal characters in George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, and Gwendolen was also Merlin's wife in Arthurian legend.

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Famous People Named Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn Bennett, American writer
Gwendolyn Bradley, American soprano
Gwendolyn Britt, American Democratic politician
Gwendolyn Brooks, American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet
Gwendolyn MacEwen, Canadian poet and novelist

Pop Culture References for the Name Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn, Merlin's wife in some Arthurian legends
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Tennyson, from the series Ben-10
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Stacy, character in the Spiderman series
Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, a main character in The Wonder Years
Gwendolyn Post, Buffy the Vampire Slayer character
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Thompson, character from "Chrissa Stands Strong"