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Gwen

First Name
30k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
189
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Gwen mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Gwen

"Gwen" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "Blessed Ring". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. A female given name, shortened from Gwendolen or Guinevere.
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Gwen was also found in the following language(s): Cornish and Welsh

Notable Persons Named Gwen

Gwen Stefani is a singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. Her ongoing career started in 1986. Gwen was given the name Gwen Renée Stefani on October 3rd, 1969 in Fullerton, California, U.S.

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Gwen Ifill is a journalist. Gwen was given the name Gwendolyn L. Ifill on September 29th, 1955 in New York City, New York, United States.

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Gwen Verdon was an actress and dancer. She was most prominent from 1936 to 2000. Gwen was given the name Gwenyth Evelyn Verdon on January 13th, 1925 in Culver City, California. She passed away on October 18th, 2000.

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Gwen was born on January 31st, 1963 in Miami Lakes, Florida.

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Gwen was born on April 25th, 1986 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Gwen is also known as Jorgensen and Gwen Rosemary.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Gwen

Gwen was a spinning (textiles), linen, spinner, and linen-maker. Gwen was born in 1542 in Llandyrnog, Wales. She died in 1594.

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How popular is the baby name Gwen in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1890 8 8 0
1891 7 7 0
1892 5 5 0
1893 9 9 0
1895 5 5 0
1896 6 6 0
1897 5 5 0
1899 15 15 0
1900 11 11 0
1901 16 16 0
1902 13 13 0
1903 16 16 0
1904 17 17 0
1905 16 16 0
1906 15 15 0
1907 19 19 0
1908 21 21 0
1909 42 42 0
1910 24 24 0
1911 41 41 0
1912 50 50 0
1913 64 64 0
1914 76 76 0
1915 93 93 0
1916 92 84 8
1917 115 110 5
1918 81 81 0
1919 98 93 5
1920 93 93 0
1921 101 101 0
1922 111 105 6
1923 119 110 9
1924 122 117 5
1925 109 109 0
1926 159 159 0
1927 158 148 10
1928 188 188 0
1929 207 207 0
1930 253 247 6
1931 197 189 8
1932 249 239 10
1933 267 260 7
1934 260 252 8
1935 307 302 5
1936 313 303 10
1937 280 280 0
1938 384 377 7
1939 365 358 7
1940 365 357 8
1941 347 341 6
1942 394 388 6
1943 391 384 7
1944 329 329 0
1945 365 365 0
1946 491 482 9
1947 519 509 10
1948 456 448 8
1949 461 446 15
1950 462 457 5
1951 435 429 6
1952 478 472 6
1953 582 573 9
1954 688 682 6
1955 746 740 6
1956 767 761 6
1957 841 830 11
1958 898 893 5
1959 951 942 9
1960 899 892 7
1961 889 883 6
1962 866 859 7
1963 671 671 0
1964 622 613 9
1965 482 482 0
1966 463 463 0
1967 379 374 5
1968 364 364 0
1969 362 362 0
1970 361 355 6
1971 367 367 0
1972 302 302 0
1973 213 213 0
1974 284 284 0
1975 323 323 0
1976 276 276 0
1977 218 218 0
1978 207 207 0
1979 210 210 0
1980 175 175 0
1981 153 153 0
1982 136 136 0
1983 132 132 0
1984 108 108 0
1985 104 104 0
1986 69 69 0
1987 80 80 0
1988 50 50 0
1989 64 64 0
1990 55 55 0
1991 57 57 0
1992 47 47 0
1993 41 41 0
1994 51 51 0
1995 37 37 0
1996 47 47 0
1997 60 60 0
1998 62 62 0
1999 55 55 0
2000 68 68 0
2001 91 91 0
2002 134 134 0
2003 149 149 0
2004 123 123 0
2005 156 156 0
2006 160 160 0
2007 186 186 0
2008 201 201 0
2009 185 185 0
2010 163 163 0
2011 196 196 0
2012 223 223 0
2013 266 266 0
2014 278 278 0
2015 376 376 0
2016 371 371 0

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Popularity of Gwen as a first name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Gwen as a first name in each of the states. See other popular names in Utah, Idaho, or Hawaii.

Common last names for Gwen

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Gwen U.S.
  White 48.68% 64.26%
  African American 37.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Gwen

People with the last name Gwen are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Gwen

  • How Popular is the name Gwen? Gwen is the 1,357th most popular name of all time. As a last name Gwen was the 96,368th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Gwen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 29,855 babies born with the first name Gwen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gwen to occupy the territory of Gibraltar (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 29,441 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Gwen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1890 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Gwen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gwen is Wednesday, August 2nd, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Gwen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gwen was in 1959 with a total of 942 babies.
  • Random Gwen Factoid: According to the 1939 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gwen ranks 88th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 14 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1939.
  • Weird things about the name Gwen: Your name in reverse order is Newg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Genw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Gwen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 189 people with the last name Gwen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Gwen? Gwen is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.