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Gender: Female Meaning of Nolwenn: "shining, holy" Origin of Nolwenn: Welsh

The name Nolwenn is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "shining, holy". Nolwenn and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven/Hell/Purgatory Themed Girls".

From the experts:

Nolwenn is popular in Wales but would be a very adventurous choice in the US. Though with the increased visibility of names like Arwen, thanks to Lord of the Rings, it may not feel as odd going forward as it might have a generation ago. Other, similar ideas: Olwen, Anwen, Bronwen, Rowena.

There is a Saint Nolwenn who was the daughter of a 6th century prince of Cornwall; Nolwenn Leroy is a popular French singer.

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Famous People Named Nolwenn

Saint Noyale or Noaluen or Nolwenn, 5th-century Celtic martyr, popular in Brittany and Cornwall
Nolwenn Leroy, French singer
Nolwenn Korbell, French singer

Pop Culture References for the name Nolwenn

***Actually a Breton name (not Welsh), literally "Saint Noyale" - see

Nolwen, Nolwyn, Nolwin


Zelliew Says:


I'm not keen on this name

amberdaydream Says:


You won't have heard this name in Wales; it's a Breton name.

amberdaydream Says:


This is not a Welsh name; it's a Breton name.

scblovesnames Says:


well I'm not sure why nameberry called this name popular if you are right. Maybe they look at the popularity lists and this was high but not in the top 100 names.

fflurdelis Says:


I have never heard this name before, and i have lived all over Wales. It's similar to Olwen, which is considered an old lady name(not in a good way!). I think the correct spelling of this name would be Nolwen though, Welsh names don't usually end in double N.