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What does Wendy mean?

Wendy \we(n)-dy\ as a girls' name is pronounced WEN-dee. It is of English origin, and the meaning of Wendy is "friend". Literary: a created name for the heroine in James Barrie's "Peter Pan". Ballerina Wendy Whelan; playwright Wendy Wasserstein; actress Dame Wendy Hiller.


Wendy has 9 variants: Wenda, Wendaline, Wendee, Wendeline, Wendey, Wendi, Wendie, Wendye and Windy.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Gwendolyn, Wendell, Guinevere and Wanda.


Wendy is a very prominent first name for females (#115 out of 4276, Top 3%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#122534 out of 150436, Top 81%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Wendy for girls. Wendy was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #37 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #782 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Wendy name in U.S.

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

Gwendolyn (#420 the previous year), Windy, Wendi and Wanda are the prominent alternative forms of Wendy (#782 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.6806%) and is now much lower (usage 0.1596%, down 76.6%), with the forms Wendy, Wanda and Wendi becoming less in vogue. Gwendolyn (#420) is the most fashionable birth name here. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Wendy and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gwendolyn, Wanda, Wendi, Wendy, Windy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Wendy and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Wendy is alike in pronunciation to Andy, Wandy and Wonda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wendy.