What does Wendy mean?
Wendy /wen-dy/ [2 sylls.] 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.
How popular is Wendy?
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)
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 0.6783%) and is now much lower (usage 0.0545%, 92% less), with the forms Wendy, Wanda and Wendi becoming less in vogue. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Wendy and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)