Usage: Wendy is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Wendy are in general originating from France, Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Wendy across the world, see Wanda.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 8.
The name Wendy is ranked on the 186th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 1436200 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.043% of the population.
The name Wendy has five characters. It means that it is relatively medium-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Wendy for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Wendy is a given name generally given to females in English-speaking countries.
The name is found in United States records from the 19th century; the name Wendy appeared over twenty times in the U.S. Census of 1880. In Britain, Wendy appeared as a boy’s name in the 1881 census of England, and was occasionally used as a diminutive for the Welsh Gwendolyn. It was also used as a surname in Britain from at least the 17th century. However, its popularity as a girl’s name is attributed to the character Wendy Darling from the 1904 play Peter Pan and its 1911 novelization Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. The name was inspired by young Margaret Henley, daughter of Barrie’s poet friend W. E. Henley. With the common childhood difficulty pronouncing Rs, Margaret reportedly used to call him ‘my fwiendy-wendy’.
The name Wendy is sometimes considered a variation of the (originally Polish) name Wanda.
Various Chinese rulers have held the name and title Emperor Wen, which in Chinese is read Wen(-)di (文帝). Chinese women with the same or similar-sounding characters as their given names often anglicise their names as Wendi or Wendy (e.g. Wendi Deng, Wendy Kweh).
In Germany, the name Wendy became popular because of a children’s magazine series about horses.
English: invented by J. M. Barrie for the ‘little mother’ in his play Peter Pan (1904). He took it from the nickname Fwendy-Wendy (i.e. ‘friend’) used for him by a child acquaintance, Margaret Henley. It has achieved widespread popularity in its short lifespan.
Variant: Wendi (rare).
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