Gender: Masculine
Origin: Breton/French
Meaning: “white; brave.”

The name is derived from an ancient Breton source, being composed of the elements uuin meaning “white; pure” and uual, meaning,”brave.”

The name was borne by a legendary Breton saint who was said to have been inspired by a dream he had of St. Patrick to found an abbey in Brittany. His feast and the designated name-day in France is March 3.

Other rare forms include:

  • Gwenole (Breton/Welsh)
  • Winwaloe (Cornish/English)
  • Winwallus/Winwalloeus (Latin)
  • Walloy (Picard)
  • Gwenol (Polish)


  1. Tous les Saints du calendrier de Jacques Chabannes, Librairie académique Perrin, 1970