Wendy Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Wendy:
Originated as a nickname of novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie bestowed by Margaret Henley, the young daughter of English poet and editor W.E. Henley. She called Barrie her "Fwendy" (friendly), which evolved to "Fwendy-Wendy." Barrie first used the name in 1904 for a character in his Peter Pan, an ever-popular play which firmly established Wendy as a given name throughout the English-speaking world. Alternatively, Wendy is a modern pet form of Gwendolyn, most likely influenced by the previous name.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Wendy: | Edit
May (particularly by cruel middle school boys) always be associated with Wendy's fast food chain.
If you're looking for a sweet, literary name that everyone knows and no one uses, this is it.
I spell it "Wendee" instead of "Wendy."
- Personal experiences with the name Wendy: | Edit
My name is Wendy and I was born in 1983. In my whole high school of 1500 (graduating class of 2001), I was one of only 2 Wendy's. In childhood I got a lot of people asking me where Peter Pan was, but more often, people wanted to know if my dad was Dave Thomas and if I could get them free hamburgers. That disappeared when I hit adulthood, and I really haven't had any problems or comments about my name at all, negative or positive. I like the name okay, except I don't really like how it ends with the EE sound, because that makes it sound a lot more juvenile and I dislike that as an adult. I want to give my future children names that do not end with that sound. I like that the name is short and it is easy to write and spell. People don't spell it wrong, ever. I like how it is different and unique and I enjoy not being confused with anyone else. :) It's a fine name, go ahead and use it!
My mom was actually named Wendy also. She dated a guy in high school named Peter and everyone thought it was hilarious. Then in later life she married a Michael, another Peter Pan character. His last name is Thomas so she became Wendy Thomas! Last year she convinced a Wendy's employee that she was Dave Thomas' daughter. It helped that she had two red head boys also :)
My name is Wendy and I was born in late 1959. People always wanted to know what my "real" name was since most young girls during the '60s had longer versions of their names. Kathy was short for Katherine etc. I told everyone that my REAL name was actually Gwendolyn (which it wasn't) just to fit in. I enjoy having a name now that is pretty rare. It is definitely a younger girls name...how many 80 year old women do you hear with the name Wendy Susan...sounds like a five your old. But I'm stuck with it and I'm happy! :)
Hi! My name is also Wendy and I was born in 1953. My mother never gave me an explanation as to why she chose to name me Wendy, but stated it had nothing to do with "Peter Pan". However, during my research I've learned that "Wendy" is a variant of the German/Teutonic word "wend", which means "wanderer", which fits me somewhat as I was in the U.S.Navy. This is the ONLY name site (I've found) that has suggested this name to be wholly attributed to J.M. Barrie's work or is an alliteration of "friendly/fwendy" as suggested above. But, that doesn't mean THAT can't be true. That said, I've only known one other Wendy, in College, and was the only one at my High School (all 4 grades) and graduating class of 91 students. I've never thought of it as primarily a young girl's name, not anymore so than "Betty", "Cathy" or "Leslie". But, as an adult, I tend to use my full name (middle name of "Anne" - like the Princess Royal) or initials with my last name on anything 'official'. Hope this helps. P.S.: Most of the Gwendolyns I know go by "Gwen", which is of Celtic Origin meaning "high white brow" (yeah - I'm half Irish too).
- Nicknames for Wendy: | Edit
Wen, Wends, Wendolyn, Wenny, Wendola
- Meanings and history of the name Wendy: | Edit
The name "Wendy" was not heard of as being used as a name until the character Wendy from "Peter Pan"
- Famous real-life people named Wendy: | Edit
Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright
Wendy O. Williams, American punk rock singer, known as "The Queen of Shock Rock"
Wendy Turnbull, Australian tennis player
Wendy Hiller, English actress
Wendy Matthews, Australian-Canadian singer
Wendy Wilson, singer in the group Wilson Phillips
Sister Wendy Beckett, British nun and host of "Sister Wendy's Story of Painting"
Wendy Williams, American media personality and talk show host
Wendy Davis, Texas politician
- Wendy in song, story & screen: | Edit
"Wendy" referred to in the song Somwhere In Neverland by All Time Low.
Wendy in "Peter Pan"
"Wendy", song by the Beach Boys
"Wendy", in 'Peter Pan' song by EXO
Wendy the Good Witch, friend of Casper the Friendly Ghost in "Casper Meets Wendy", Wendy is played by Hillary Duff
"Wendy Clear", a song by blink-182
Wendy Testaburger, student in the cartoon "South Park"
Wendy's, international restaurant chain
Wendy, girl Bruce Springsteen sings about in "Born to Run"
Wendy Corduroy, a main character in "Gravity Falls".