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Girl Name: Gwen

Name: Gwen
Pronunciation: \g-wen\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: fair, white, blessed, holy
Origin: Welsh
Sounds Like: Gwin, Gene, Gena, Geena, Gwenny, Gwenni, Gwenna, Gwinn
Variant forms: Gwenn, Gwyn, Gwynn
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 451


Gwen \g-wen\ as a girl's name is pronounced gwyn. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Gwen is "fair, white, blessed, holy". Short form of Gwendolyn and Guinevere. In Welsh Gwen is the feminine form of Gwyn. Name of a fifth-century saint who was aunt of St David and mother of the saints Cybi and Cadfan. Often used as an independent name. Pop singer Gwen Stefani.

Gwen has 3 variant forms: Gwenn, Gwyn and Gwynn.

Baby names that sound like Gwen are Gwin, Gene, Gena, Geena, Gwenny, Gwenni, Gwenna and Gwinn.

View a list of the 7 names that reference Gwen.


Gwen is a very popular first name for women (#451 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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