Arthurian legends & myths, Color, Daemons/Spirits, Demons, Female, G names, Mythological creatures, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

Gwenhwyfar

Gwenhwyfar is a Welsh female name, the Welsh form of Guinevere which is made up of Proto-Celtic *windos (fair, white, blessed) and sebara (specter, phantom, demon, spirit, magical being), so the name essentially means “fair phantom”, “white phantom” or “white magical being”. In Arthurian legend, Guinevere is the wife of King Arthur and ends up being his eventual downfall.

Nicknames: Gwen, Gwennie/Gwenny

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Guinevere (English, Norman French)
  • Guenevere (English)
  • Gwenevere
  • Gwynnever
  • Guenièvre (French)
  • Gweniver (Breton)
  • Jennifer (Cornish, English, German, Dutch, Swedish, Spanish)
  • Jenifer (English, Cornish)
  • Ginevra (Italian)
  • Gaenor (Welsh)
  • Gaynor (English)
  • Guanhumara (Latin)
  • Windosēbaris (Proto-Celtic)
  • Finnabair (Irish cognate of Gwenhwyfar)
  • Findabair (Irish)
  • Fionnabhair (Modern Irish)

 

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