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Meaning and name origin

Wilfred \wi-lf-red, wil-fred\ as a boy's name is pronounced WIL-fred. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Wilfred is "desiring peace". Saint Wilfred (seventh century) was an English saint. The name was revived in the 19th century. Author Wilfred Sheed.


Wilfred has 10 variant forms: Wilfredo, Wilfrid, Wilfried, Wilfryd, Will, Willfred, Willfredo, Willfrid, Willfried and Willfryd.

There is 1 feminine form of Wilfred: Wilfreda.


Wilfred is a very popular first name for males (#436 out of 1220, Top 36%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#41626 out of 88799, Top 47%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Wilfred for boys. Wilfred reached its highest rank of #186 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Wilfred and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Will (#763), Wilfrid, Wilfredo and Wilfred. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Wilfred, Wilfredo, Wilfrid, Will in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Wilfred is also pronounced similarly to Ahlfred, Ailfred, Ailfrid, Ailfryd, Alfred, Elfred, Walfred and Walfried. Another suggested similar baby name is Wilford. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wilfred.