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Gender: Female Meaning of Gwendoline: "white ring" Origin of Gwendoline: Variation of Gwendolen, Welsh

Gwendoline Origin and Meaning

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

The Gwendoline form may introduce pronunciation confusion -- does that last syllable rhyme with wine or win or when? We vote Gwendolen as not only the most proper but the clearest spelling, followed by Gwendolyn, with Gwendoline a distant third.

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impwood Says:

2017-03-08T16:06:15

Gwendolen may be the only one of the Gwendolyn/en/ine trio pronounceable according to Welsh phonetics, but actually the only version recorded in Medieval texts was the latinised Gwendoloena. Gwendoline, Gwendolen and Gwendolyn all popped up in the nineteenth century, and what the original Welsh form was is complete hypothesis.

lesliemarion Says:

2017-01-25T02:02:27

The first gift a parent can give her child is the proper spelling of her name.

headintheclouds Says:

2016-03-22T08:40:18

I quite like the sound of Gwendoline if it's pronounced like "CARE-oh-line" Caroline- it makes for a charming variant of Gwendolen/Gwendolyn, although I ultimately like the original version better. I remember reading the Enid Blyton Malory Towers series as a kid and the character Gwendoline was a spoiled boarding school rich girl, which made me dislike the name despite it being so pretty. But that association has faded now, and I love Game of Thrones and the gorgeous actor Gwendoline Christie, who plays the badass Brienne on the show!

ElsaAnne Says:

2015-03-07T16:00:54

I had no idea this wasn't the original spelling! -line seems much more "proper" to me than -len/-lyn.

AnonymousPerson Says:

2014-06-08T19:26:54

Not my favourite spelling of this name.