Variation of Gwendolen, Welsh
"white ring"

Gwendolyn Origin and Meaning

The name Gwendolyn is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white ring".

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.

# 380 in the US

Gwendolyn Rank in US Top 1000

# 348 on Nameberry

Gwendolyn Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Gwendolyn Popularity

Famous People Named Gwendolyn

  • Gwendolyn "Gwen" IfillAmerican TV journalist
  • Gwendolyn BennettAmerican poet and fiction writer
  • Gwendolyn BradleyAmerican operatic soprano
  • Gwendolyn Elizabeth BrooksAmerican poet
  • Gwendolyn Margaret MacEwenCanadian poet and novelist
  • Gwendolyn Elaine ArmstrongAmerican civil rights activist
  • Gwendolyn Fiel GarciaFilipina politician
  • Gwendolyn "Gwen" GuthrieAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Gwendolyn KingAmerican businesswoman and Social Security administrator
  • Gwendolyn "Gwen" WattsEnglish actress
  • (Gwendolyn) Avril ColeridgeTaylor, English pianist, conductor, and composer
  • Gwendolyn Lee "Gwen" Byrddaughter of singer Tammy Wynette

Gwendolyn in Pop Culture

  • Guendoloena (Gwendolen)Merlin's wife in some Arthurian legends (e.g. Vita Merlini)
  • Gwendolyn "Gwen" Tennysoncharacter in animated series Ben,10
  • Gwendolyn "Gwen" Stacycharacter in the Spider,Man series
  • Gwendolyn "Winnie" Coopera main character on TV's "The Wonder Years"
  • Gwendolyn Postcharacter on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
  • Gwendolyn "Gwen" Thompsoncharacter in American Girl film "Chrissa Stands Strong"
  • Gwendolyn Shepherdcharacter in the German Gem Trilogy
  • Gwendolyn Sommersetcharacter in video game "Ravenhearst "
  • Gwendolyncharacter in video game "Odin Sphere"
  • GwendolynPrincess of Treecrest, character in "The Wide,Awake Princess" by E. D. Baker
  • Gwendolyn “Gwen”character in the Rooster Teeth animated series "Camp Camp"