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Gender: Male Meaning of Selwyn: "sylvan, of the woods" Origin of Selwyn: Latin

The name Selwyn is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "sylvan, of the woods". Selwyn and discussed in our forums with posts like "Couples You Know".

From the experts:

Selwyn's not a wynner.

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Famous People Named Selwyn

Selwyn Lloyd, English politician
Selwyn Birchwood, American blues singer

Pop Culture References for the name Selwyn

Selwyn Froggitt, a character (created by Alan Plater) who figured in the Yorkshire Television sitcom "Oh No It's Selwyn Froggitt" (1976-77)
The Selwyn family in Harry Potter are among the 'Sacred Twenty-Eight' pure-blood families; Dolores Umbridge claims to be a member

Selwynn, Wyn, Selwin


FantasyandPrayer Says:


If it's of Welsh origin (follows the grammatical pattern but conflicting reports on origin) then the female would be Selwen- very pretty imo 😊

Ziggy2112 Says:


What's with the "not a winner" description? I think it's a fine name of Welsh origin.

KatNip Says:


Actually, Selwyn is a name of English origin, commonly seen used in Wales. It's meaning is along the lines of "friend of the manor" or "friend in the castle."

splendyam Says:


Could this be used as a girl's name?