|Pronunciation||📣 \gwe-ndol-yn, gwen-do-lyn\|
|Number in U.S||👶 120,000|
|Rate in 2021||765|
|Name origin||🌍 Welsh|
Gwendolyn is a Celtic-derived name used primarily in Wales, Cornwall, and Brittany. The name comes from the Bythonic branch of Celtic languages (compared to Gaelic), from the words "Gwyn" meaning 'holy, pure righteous' and "down" meaning either 'ring' or 'eyebrows, hair'. Queen Gwendolyn was a fictional female queen and warrior of ancient Britain, immortalized by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the Middle Ages (the same Welsh clergyman who popularized the tales of King Arthur). After her husband, King Locrinus, leaves her for a German princess, Gwendolyn builds a defeated army in Cornwall and her husband cheats on her. She then goes to rule herself (in peace) until she abdicates in favor of her son. Saint Gwen is a sixth-century saint; a Breton woman who was supposedly given a maternal third by God as a gift for her fertility (ability to reproduce). This is folklore, but Saint Gwen is invoked for the fertility of women.
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