[ 1 syll. gwen, gw-en ] The baby girl name Gwen is pronounced GWehN †. Gwen is of Old Welsh and Welsh origin. It is used mainly in English and Welsh. Welsh origin: The Welsh element gwen (meaning 'white, fair, blessed, holy') is the feminine of 'gwyn'. It has been used as a name in its own right since the 5th century, when it was borne by a Welsh saint and a daughter of the legendary Welsh king Brychan. The name has strong Welsh associations, although it has been widely adopted by English speakers since the 20th century.
In addition, Gwen is an English and Welsh familiar form of the English and French Guinevere.
Gwen is also a shortening of the English and Welsh Gwendolen.
Gwen is also a Welsh shortening of the English and Welsh Gwenllian.
Gwen is also a shortening of the English and Welsh Gwyneth.
Gwen is the feminine equivalent of the English and Welsh Gwyn.
Gwen has 18 forms. Forms of the name include Gwenesha, Gweness, Gweneta, Gwenetta, Gwenette, Gweni, Gwenisha, Gwenita, Gwenna, Gwennetta, Gwenny, Gwenora, Gwin, and Gwynne. Other English forms include the familiar forms Gwennie and Gweno, and the spelling variant Gwenn. The familiar form Gwenno (Welsh) is a foreign variant.
Gwen is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby girl name, but not as much as it was previously, and it is also perceived as rather trendy. At the modest height of its usage in 1959, 0.045% of baby girls were named Gwen. It was #295 in rank then. The baby name has markedly dropped in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #907 with a usage of 0.016%, having regained its popularity somewhat in the recent decade. Within all girl names in its family, Gwen was the most commonly used.
† Pronunciation for Gwen: G as in "grin (G.R.IH.N)" ; W as in "we (W.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Gwen:
Actress Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, born 25 January 1891 - 27 January 1992, London, England.
Dancer Gwen Verdon, born 13 January 1925 - 18 October 2000, Culver City, California.
Painter Gwen John, born Gwendolen Mary John 22 June 1876 - 18 September 1939, Haverfordwest, Wales.
Singer Gwen Stefani, born 3 October 1969, Fullerton, California.