Meaning: “fair and generous”
Derived from the Breton male name, Gwenhael, this name has recently become a trend in France. For an English-speaker, it might be appealing due to the fact that is can be shortened to Gwen, Nelle or Elle.
Gwenhael was the name of a Breton Saint. He was an abbot and confessor and died circa 518 (C.E).
As of 2010, was the 498th most popular female name in France.
Another form is Gwenaela. A franconized masculine form is Gwenaël.