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What does Winifred mean?

Winifred /wi-ni-fred/ as a girls' name is pronounced WIN-a-fred. It is of Welsh and Old English origin, and the meaning of Winifred is "holy, blessed reconciliation; joy and peace". Winifred, a martyred Welsh princess, is traditionally called the patron saint of virgins.

Associated with: old english, blessed, joy, peace, princess, virgins


Winifred has 21 variants: Fred, Freddie, Freddy, Fredi, Fredy, Wina, Winafred, Winefred, Winefride, Winefried, Winfreda, Winfrieda, Winifryd, Winne, Winnie, Winnifred, Wynafred, Wynifred, Wynn, Wynne and Wynnifred.

Affiliated girl names: Freda and Wynell.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Wanifred, Wilnifred, ..

(male) Winiford, Winike, ..

How popular is Winifred?

Winifred is a very popular first name for females (#499 out of 4276, Top 12%) but a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Winifred for girls. Winifred reached its top rank of #158 in the U.S. during the years 1910-1919, and is presently at #1995. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Winifred and related names. Winnie (#1417 the previous year), Wynell, Winnifred, Freda, Fred and Freddie are the popular variation forms of Winifred (#1995 the previous year) ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of Winifred was common a century ago (usage of 0.3%) and is now significantly reduced, with versions such as Winnifred falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Winifred, Fred, Freda, Freddie, Winnie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Winnifred, Wynell in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Hildred, Jenifre (see Jennifer), Mildred, Sigred, Wilfreda, Wilfrieda, Winsome, Wintar and Winter. These names tend to be less frequently used than Winifred.