a female given name: from a Welsh word meaning “white.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of gwendolyn

Historical Examples of gwendolyn

  • She was amused by Gwendolyn, but regretful that the visit had been timed just then.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • At the mention of stages, Gwendolyn rose and looked through the window.

    Reels and Spindles

    Evelyn Raymond

  • Its other name is Gwendolyn, and it always goes to bed with her.

    Turn About Eleanor

    Ethel M. Kelley

  • The colonel reached for his handkerchief, much hampered by Gwendolyn's arms.

    Yellowstone Nights

    Herbert Quick

  • It was later that Gwendolyn said something of the same sort to Betty and Kathryn.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove

Word Origin and History for gwendolyn


fem. proper name; the first element is Breton gwenn "white" (cf. Welsh gwyn, Old Irish find, Gaelic fionn, Gaulish vindo- "white, shining," literally "visible"), from nasalized form of PIE root *weid- "to see, know" (see vision).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper