Wendy - girls name

Wendy name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 61%

Wendy name meaning:

The name Wendy has English origins and is derived from the name Gwendolyn, which means "fair bow" or "fair ring" in Welsh. Wendy gained popularity as a given name after J.M. Barrie introduced the character Wendy Darling in his play "Peter Pan" (1904), and later in his novel "Peter and Wendy" (1911). In the play, Wendy is a young girl who becomes a mother figure to Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. The name Wendy evokes a sense of innocence, youthfulness, and maternal care.

The character of Wendy Darling is often portrayed as kind-hearted, nurturing, and adventurous. Wendy embodies qualities of loyalty, love, and a strong sense of responsibility. As a result, the name Wendy has come to symbolize these attributes. It has remained a popular name choice for baby girls, signifying a combination of sweetness, warmth, and a touch of whimsy.

Overall, the name Wendy represents a charming and caring nature, often associated with the endearing character from "Peter Pan". It has a timeless appeal, capturing the essence of childhood innocence and maternal love.

Origin: German

Fair one.

Related names

Wendy , Wenda, Wendi

Other girls names beginning with W


Overall UK ranking: 2201 out of 5581

12 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

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Historical popularity of Wendy

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