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What does Hedwig mean?

Hedwig Pronunciation of Hedwig [hed-wig] as a girls' name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Hedwig is "contention and strife". From hadu and vig. Avis may be a related name. Actress Hedy Lamarr was born Hedwig Kiesler.

Associated with: strife (battle).


Hedwig has 12 variants: Edda, Edvige, Edwige, Hadvig, Hadwig, Hedda, Hedvig, Hedviga, Hedvige, Hedwiga, Hedwige and Hedy.

4 more alternative forms via Avis, Hedy: Heda, Hedia, Hediah and Hedyla.

Creative forms:
(female) Herwig, Heswig, ..

(male) Hedie, Hedri, ..

Middle name pairings:
Hedwig Nahla (H.N.), ..

How popular is Hedwig?

Hedwig is a very popular first name for females (#1815 out of 4276, Top 42%) but a unique last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Hedwig reached its top position of #492 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hedwig name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hedwig outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Hedy, Hedvig, Hedda and Avis are the popular varying forms of Hedwig. These forms of Hedwig were favored as birth names 105 years ago, but now, forms like Hedwig have become somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hedwig, Avis, Hedvig, Hedy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Hedda, Hedvig outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Edvig, Edwig, Hadia, Hadil, Hadria, Heddi, Heddie, Hedi, Hedlea (see Hadley), Hedleigh (see Hadley), Hedley, Hedlie, Hedly, Hedwenn, Hedya, Hedyah, Hefzia, Heidi, Helia, Hellia, Henia, Henie, Hennie, Henrie, Hepsie, Hepzi, Hepzia (see Hephzibah), Hermia, Hestia, Hettie and Heulog. These names tend to be less commonly used than Hedwig.

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