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Origin: Celtic
Meaning: White-Browed

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Gwendolyn

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Gwendolyn in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Gwendolyn:

  • Records indicate that 113,833 girls in the United States have been named Gwendolyn since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1953, when 3,519 people in the U.S. were given the name Gwendolyn. Those people are now 69 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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      11 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Gwendolyn and I love it!!! I like to go by Gwen because that is the name everyone calls me and and it's not as long. I get quite and bit of comments on my name Gwendolyn and how pretty the name is! :)" Mar. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is what we named our daughter. I love that it's unique, but it also comes with the easy built-in nickname Gwen (or Wendy, or Gwennie). It's a nice alternative to some of the other popular old-fashioned names (Emma, Sophia, Ella, etc.)" Sep. 15, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name, everyone call me Gwen. I say, my name is Gwendolyn. No one seem to hear, I rather be called Gwendolyn. I gave up even though I feel like turning the other way when they say Gwen. I Don't like my name written on any documents as Gwen. But, people do it any way, when it can be changed on a document I tell them to change it to my name Gwendolyn. Also, I have a friend with this name and her aunt also has this name and I know of a few more people with this name, Gwendolyn." Jan. 4, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I HATED my name when I was young, I wanted to be Cindy. LOL But as I got older I grew to love me name more. I go by Gwen because it is easier - I don't love Gwen, but I do really love the name Gwendolyn. It is a pretty name and it fits me AND it works well as an adult. So many names are cute for children, but by the time that child is an adult, the name doesn't fit anymore. Gwen will work right up until I'm 90! Gwendolyn Rochelle" Aug. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gwendolyn Ann, and I go by lots of variations. Mostly, it's "Gwen" but my family calls me "Gwendy" or "Gwendy Ann". I love my name! It's very unique and it fits me. :)" May. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Gwendilyn (i spelled it with an I instead of O) and she is now 3. Everybody absolutely LOVES her name!! She goes by Gwenipoo (Winnie the pooh - she thinks she is named after him. lol) but I'm sure she will go by Gwen or Gweni when she is older. My dad was so proud to have a Gwendilyn for a grandaughter that he took her EVERYWHERE when she was born to show her off. (he knows three that are his age or older and I didn't even realize this until after she was born) I think it is a beautiful name and that she will love it all through her life." Oct. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gwendolyn. I always insist that people call me Gwendolyn. Numerologically, Gwendolyn is better than Gwen and it means something different anyway." May. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate


  • "My name is Gwendolyn and I'm loving it more every day. I am ten years old and get compliments on it everytime! My sister is named Ashely and she wishes we could trade names. I never go by Gwen, only Gwendolyn! I love my name so much I could never shorten it. I often thank my mother for thinking of the name for me. It suits me well - I'm beautiful and fragile!" Jun. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gwendolynn spelled with 2 ns on the end. My mother decided to change it. It never gets spelled right and can be a bit annoying. I go by Gwen, but many people seem to come up with nicknames that I am sometimes fond of and sometimes not." Mar. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Gwendolyn and have gotten overwhelmingly positive remarks about it. We call her Gwen or Gwennie for short. Its never been spelled incorrectly. We've not met another person with the same name yet." Jan. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "My Name is Gwendolyn. I like the name but many people spell it wrong and say it wrong. Like my grandmother wrote Quinn on a present she was giving me for Christmas, which is weird because she always pronounced my name right. My family is always calling my Gwendofyn, mostly my mother thou. My friends even spell my name as Gwendoin. I also like to be called Gwendolyn but most people call me Gwen for short anyway. Even With everyone getting my name wrong is some shape or fashion, I still really like my name. I have never meant anyone with the same name as me, I used to think my name was very very uncommon. But I still like my name, my dad gave me the name. I really love my name, I just wish other people could say my name or write my name correctly." Jan. 9, 2022: Report as inappropriate

  • "My youngest daughter (who is middle aged now) is named Gwendolyn, and my husband and I love it more today than we did at first. I'm Welsh and it fits with both of our ethnic heritage. She has reddish brown hair and green eyes + we all call her a ton of names! Lyndie, Lyn, Gwendolina, Gwendolyn, Gwen, Gwenol, Wendy + my favorites > Gwendy or Gwenny:) Great name (the more formal Gwendolyn I mean) for women who want to be taken seriously in the workforce. Another daughter is named Jillian, and our oldest one is Elizabeth. I do prefer longer names, since I was named Dee:)" Dec. 2, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know someone who?s name is Gwendalyn ( with an a not a o) and it?s absolutely beautiful" Nov. 14, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gwendolyn, and I get compliments all the time, allthough it is long so all my friends and family seem to call me Gwen. The only place I have lucky with getting people to call me Gwendolyn is at work where they have to listen to me :)" Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Gwendolyn... I like it, bit it is really long... Everyone calls me Gwen, but the name is OK :)" Oct. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Most people can not spell it correctly. Hardly ever meet anyone with the name. Most people just say Gwen" Feb. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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