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Gender: Female Meaning of Arwen: "noble maiden" Origin of Arwen: Welsh

The name Arwen is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "noble maiden". Arwen and is often added to lists like 206 Inspirational Baby Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rank these Names! (Girls)".

From the experts:

Arwen is well known as princess of the Elves in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: a lovely name with an authentic Welsh ring. She was played in the film by Liv Tyler.

If you love Arwen, you might also want to consider Anwen, Bronwen, and Rhonwen.

Trivia tidbit: The International Astronomical Union names all colles (small hills) on Saturn's moon Titan after characters in Tolkien's work; in 2012, they named a hilly area "Arwen Colles" after Arwen

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Famous People Named Arwen

Arwen Arabella "Bella" Hardy, English folk singer
Arwen Estelle Williams, daughter of reality TV personalities Rhonda and Brady Williams of "My Five Wives"

Pop Culture References for the name Arwen

Arwen, elf princess in Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings series
Lana Arwen Lazar, character from book series Gone.
The Arwyn spelling is strictly masculine in Wales.
Originally a Welsh name, which came into use at the end of the 19th century - derived from the Welsh intensifying prefix ar- + gwyn "white." Its adoption may have been influenced by the old Welsh name Arianwen.