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Gender: F Origin of Wendy: Literary name Wendy's Popularity in 2012: #768

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Wendy was invented by Sir James Barrie in 1904 for the big sister charater in his play Peter Pan; he supposedly took it from the nickname Fwendy-Wendy that he was called by a young girl acquaintance. Wendy's heyday was once upon a time; it's now seen as bouncy and peppy -- the perfect babysitter (or mom) name.

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Famous People Named Wendy

Wendy Drennen - lead singer of the Christian rock band Fireflight
Wendy Mass - American author
Wendy Davis - American actress
Wendy Davis - American politician
Wendy Williams - American media personality, actress and author
Wendy Wilson - from the singing group Wilson Phillips; sister to Carnie and daughter of Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson
Sister Wendy (b. 1930) - Carmelite nun and art expert; presented a series of art history documentaries for the BBC in the 1990s
Wendy Fitzwilliam - former Miss Universe (second woman of African descent to bear the crown)

Pop Culture References for the Name Wendy

Wendy Moira Angela Darling is a fictional character in "Peter and Wendy" by author J. M. Barrie.
Winifred Wendy Torrance, character in "The Shining" by Stephen King, played by Shelley Duvall in the 1980 movie.
Wendy Marvel, character in the anime "Fairy Tail"
Wendy, character in animated TV series "Gravity Falls"
Wendy's, American fast food chain

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