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What does Wilfred mean?

Wilfred Pronunciation of Wilfred as a boys' 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, peace, saint, 19th century


VARIANTS Wilfredo, Wilfrid, Wilfried, Wilfryd, Will, Willfred, Willfredo, Willfrid, Willfried, Willfryd




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How popular is Wilfred?

Wilfred is a very prominent first name for males (#436 out of 1220, Top 36%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#70679 out of 150436, Top 47%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Wilfred reached its apex rank of #177 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not in the list currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Will (#892 FROM RECENT DATA), Wilfredo and Wilfrid are the prominent related forms of Wilfred. Usage of these relations of Wilfred was widespread among parents a century ago (AVERAGE #996) and has become significantly less since (#1723, 98% LESS USAGE), with forms like Will falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 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 alike in pronunciation to Ahlfred, Ailfred, Ailfrid, Ailfryd, Alfred, Elfred, Walfred and Walfried. Other recommended sound-alike names are Ailured (see Alured), Aldred, Alldred, Alured, Eldred, Elldred (see Aldred), Manfred, Renfred, Sigfred, Sigfried, Waleed, Walford, Welford, Wilber, Wild, Wilde, Wilder, Wilek, Wiley, Wilford, Wilkes, Wilkie, Willard, Willem, Willerd, Willes, Willet, Willey, Willie, Willkes, Willmer, Wilmer, Wilmore, Winfield, Winsted, Wmffre, Wolfe, Wolfram, Wulfe and Wulfram. These names tend to be less frequently used than Wilfred.

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