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What does Wendy mean?

Wendy Pronunciation of Wendy 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. Also form of Guinevere. Also form of Gwendolen. Also form of Wanda.


ASSOCIATED WITH literary, heroine


VARIANTS Wenda, Wendaline, Wendee, Wendeline, Wendey, Wendi, Wendie, Wendye, Windy

SEE ALSO Wendell

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(male) Wenby, ..

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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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Wendy was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its highest position of #36 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is at #969 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Guinevere (#1446 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Wanda, Wenda, Wendi, Wendie and Windy are the prominent alternative forms of Wendy (#969) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Wendy reached its apex during the years 1960-1969 (MEDIAN #1025) and is now much lower, with forms like Wendi going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wendy, Guinevere, Wanda, Wenda, Wendi in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wendie, 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 Anda, Andi, Andy, Annda, Enda, Inda, Indu, Indya, Wahnda, Wandah, Wandie, Wandy, Wannda, Wohnda, Wonda and Wonnda. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Bindy, Candy, Cindy, Cyndy, Hedy, Heidy, Jandy, Kandy, Lindy, Lundy, Lyndy, Mandy, Mindy, Randy, Sandy, Sindy, Syndy, Tandy, Welda, Winny and Zandy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wendy.

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