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Gender: Female Meaning of Gwen: "white circle" Origin of Gwen: Diminutive of Gwendolen/Gwendolyn Gwen's Popularity in 2017: #862

The name Gwen is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white circle". Gwen is ranked #862 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

From the experts:

While Gwen may have originated as a short form of Gwendolen and Gwendolyn, these days it frequently 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—Gwen hopped back onto the US Top 1000 in 2013 after an absence of over 30 years. Gwen could also be short for Guinevere.

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Famous People Named Gwen

Gwen Renee Stefani, American singer and fashion designer
Gwendolynne Sophia "Gwen" Moore, U.S. Congresswoman from Wisconsin
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Guthrie, American singer-songwriter
Gwendolen Mary "Gwen" John, Welsh artist
Gwendolyn "Gwen" Ifill, American journalist
Gwyneth Evelyn "Gwen" Verdon, American actress and singer
Gwendolyn Lee "Gwen," daughter of singer Tammy Wynette
Gwen Jorgensen, 2016 US Triathlon Olympic Gold Medalist
Gwen Frostic, American artist
Gwen Choi, dancer from Project 21

Pop Culture References for the name Gwen

Gwen Stacy, love interest of Spider-Man
Gwen Cooper, character on TV's "Torchwood"
Gwen Dawson, character on TV's "Downtown Abbey"
Gwendolyn 'Gwen' Tennyson, character on animated series "Ben 10"
Gwen Grayson, character in 2005 movie Sky High
Gwen Raiden, character on TV's "Angel"
Gwen Norbeck Munson, character on American soap "As the World Turns"
Gwen Van Osburgh, character in Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth"
Gwen Thompson, character in American Girl's "Chrissa Stands Strong"
Gwen, character in movie "Ghost Town"
Gwen Cummings, character in movie "28 Days"
Gwen Hines, character in animated movie "Arthur Christmas"
Gwen, nickname of Guinevere on TV's "Merlin"
Gwen Campbell, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Gwen, character on animated series "Total Drama"
"Gwen, or the Book of Sand," French animated film
Gwen Vere, character in Foz Meadows' "Manifold Worlds" series


Pangur Ban Says:


Named our youngest Gwen Elen, now 19, she loves it. She was the only Gwen in school, people remember her. Unique helps.

meekshouse Says:


I've never met a Gwen and it's so easy to spell and recognizable. All plusses for me.

flamingo Says:


I love Gwen!

Emma Barratt Says:


Gwen actually just White. no circle in the meaning. similar Gwyn is the male though often nutral. it goes with any welsh name with white. such as Gweneira which is translated Snow white and yes its real my god mothers mother is Gweneira.

fromtheocean12 Says:


This name sounds perfect on it's own, and I prefer it to Gwendolyn or Guinevere.

loverofnames86 Says:


Gwen is so adorable! I think it's strong enough on its own.

ldougie Says:


I feel like this is a nerdy name, but that's just my opinion.

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Poppy Says:


I like it. Simple and sweet. and with an unusual yet appealing "gw" sound. While I like it as a nickname for Guinivere, it can stand on its own. Adorable name.