Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Gwyneth

Gwyneth is a Welsh female name from the Celtic element “gwyn” meaning “white, blessed”. Gwyneth is also considered an altered form of Gwynedd, a Celtic kingdom in Wales which emerged in the early Middle Ages after the Romans withdrew from Britannia in the 5th century (Gwyneth and Gwyedd are pronounced very similarly). Gwynedd was said to be founded by and named after Cunedda, a Briton chieftain from the Kingdom of Gododdin (now southern Scotland) where he was originally tasked with fending off the invading Irish-Gaels and Picts (like the Britons, the Gaels and the Picts were Celtic tribes, just from different branches). Cunedda must have been a brave and able warrior because he and his sons were sent to the area now known as Gwynedd to rally Roman-Briton forces against unwelcome Irish raiders and settlers. Who authorized Cunedda’s conquest of northwest Wales remains uncertain – either the Roman Emperor at the time or some other important High Chieftain of the Britons – but Cunedda was effective in his campaign against the Gaelic peoples. Gwynedd was established as a new kingdom with Cunedda often credited as its founder. Some say the name Gwynedd comes from Cunedda, derived from an ancient Celtic word meaning “good hound”. Still others speculate that Gwynedd is Brythonic translation of Venedotia which was the Roman-Briton Latin name for the region. Venedotia was apparently a corruption of the Old Irish word “Féni” which was an ancient term used for the Irish people in general – in reference to the fact that Gaelic peoples from Ireland infiltrated north-west Wales after Roman forces left Britannia. Most people, however, connect the name Gwyneth with the meaning “white and blessed”. Gwyneth did not become a popular female name in Wales until the early 20th century, largely influenced by Welsh author Annie Harriet Hughes (1852-1910) whose nom de plume was Gwyneth Vaughan (who, incidentally, wrote from her home in Gwynedd). Ironically, Gwyneth is not a Top 100 name in Wales despite its colorful Welsh history. Here are the five most popular names of Welsh origin being used on baby girls in Wales today: Ffion (foxglove), Seren (star), Megan (Margaret), Cerys/Carys (love) and Lowri (Laura). Gwyneth is actually pretty uncommon.

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Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME GWYNETH

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME GWYNETH

Gwyneth is a name so uncommon in the United States that it hasn’t even managed to maintain a position on the Top 1000 list. Well, we shouldn’t’ say that exactly. The name did appear once in 2004 and then again in 2011 but her high point so far is #956 out of 1000. The only Gwyneth American parents are likely familiar with is actress and weird-baby-namer Gwyneth Paltrow. Given her A-List status and her frequent appearance in entertainment news, people are often reminded of her delicately pretty Welsh name. Gwendolyn, Guinevere and plain old Gwen/Gwyn are also long-neglected Celtic-Welsh beauties to consider. You know, if you’re a fan of Celtic names (which many American parenst are), you can look beyond the borders of Ireland and Scotland. The Welsh people have some pretty cool names, too!

Quick Facts

ON GWYNETH

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Celtic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

886

PRONUNCIATION:

GWEN-eth

SIMPLE MEANING:

White, blessed

Characteristics

OF GWYNETH

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Gwyneth

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME GWYNETH

Popular Songs

ON GWYNETH

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Gwyneth


Famous People

NAMED GWYNETH

Gwyneth Paltrow (actress)
Gwyneth Jones (Welsh opera singer)
Gwyneth Dunwoody (British politician)
Gwyneth Strong (British actress)
Gwyneth Lewis (Welsh poet)
Gwyneth Powell (British actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED GWYNETH

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Gwyneth

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME GWYNETH

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Gwyneth