Other Forms FormsGwenole (Breton, Welsh), Winwaloe (Cornish, English), Winwallus/Winwalloeus (Latinized), Walloy (Picard), Gwenol (Polish)
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Contributor Contrib.SeaHorse15 on 5/4/2012
Gallicized form of Gwenole, itself derived from Old Breton uuin meaning "white", and by extension "fair; blessed", and uual "brave". This was the name of a legendary Breton saint who was inspired to found an abbey by a dream he had of Saint Patrick.