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

Arwen Origin and Meaning

The name Arwen is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "noble maiden".

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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KaiLun Says:


I was liking Arwen on a boy so thank you for the alternate spellings info!

Koolkitty108 Says:


I know, but I’ve heard it being used for a girl before, too. I like the spelling.

Jean Rice Says:


In Welsh, Arwyn is he masculine form of the name.

Koolkitty108 Says:


Could I possibly be the only one who likes the "Arwyn" variation of this name as a name for a girl?

Jean Rice Says:


In Welsh, Arwen means "fair or fine." Tolkien changed the meaning in his fictional Sindarin (elven) language to "noble maiden."

The spelling Arwyn is masculine, and the spelling Arwen is feminine, according to Welsh linguistic rules. There are modern variations including Arwin, Arwyne, etc, which can be any gender, and are not traditional Celtic Welsh spellings.

Bassilly Says:


This is up there with naming a child Frodo in my book.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I actually had a neighbour with a little girl called Arwen. I never heard lord of the rings references and I don't think they ever got any.

jtucker Says:


My newest name crush.

ChantilleElla Says:


I love that Nameberry has the Elvish meaning up; Arwen means 'noble maiden' in Tolkien's Sindarin, but the Welsh meaning is more like "fair muse".

Ty Says:


I'm a fan of the Lord of the rings movies and books, and this name is by far one of my favorites used.

snowsbeloved Says:


Yeah, I never really watched the show, but when I saw a snippet of the show with "nerdy" Arwin in action, totally killed the name for me :(

But...Éowyn is better anyways :)

NaomiNY Says:


My adorable Pit Bull's name is Arwen ^_^

SparkleNinja18 Says:


That's all I think of when I hear this name! Except I think he spelled it Arwin.

headintheclouds Says:


I love this name! Arwen sounds feminine, strong and grounded, not flowery but just right. Downside is I'm not that much of a Lord of the Rings fan, just a fan of the name, and it would be awkward to have people think I named a child after the character. Wouldn't use it for myself, but I would geek the heck out of a real life Arwen name sighting!

jasminegarden Says:


So beautiful, I love the name and the character.

ShunPun Says:


So pretty.

Candler Says:


<3 so lovely and magical

Guest Says:


like the nerdy mechanic from The Suite Life of Zach and Cody?

Orchid_Lover Says:


Isn't the actual Welsh definition closer to "muse"? I believe the "noble maiden" one comes from Tolkein.