August 4, 2014 § 2 Comments
Variant of “Gwendolen”, Welsh for “white-browed” or “white ring”.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Guendolen, Guendoline, Guendolyn, Gwen, Gwendolen, Gwendolyn, Gwennie, Gwenny, Gwin, Gwinn, Gwinne, Gwinnie, Gwinny, Gwyn, Gwyndolen, Gwydoline, Gwyndolyn, Gwynn, Gwynne, Gwynnie, Wendie, Wendy, Windie, Windy, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Gwendoline Mango, a little girl whose bout with the measles received far less attention from the local doctor than little Georgy Osborne’s case, a testament to the popularity of their respective mothers, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).
– Gwendoline Butler (1922-2013), English novelist.