Gender: Feminine
Origin: Breton
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.