Gender: Female Meaning of Gwen: "white circle" Origin of Gwen: Diminutive of Gwendolen/Gwendolyn Gwen's Popularity in 2019: #832

Gwen Origin and Meaning

The name Gwen is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white circle".

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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Rank in US: #832

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cait sìth 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.