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Gender: F Meaning of Winifred: "blessed peacemaking" Origin of Winifred: Welsh

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One of the few remaining unrestored vintage gems, with a choice of two winning nicknames--the girlish Winnie and the tomboyish Freddie--as well as the slight stretch Freda. Winifred, the name of a legendary Welsh saint, was a Top 200 name into the mid-1920's.

Winifred was one of the Forsytes in The Forsyte Saga, Winifred Foster was the heroine of Tuck Everlasting, and another appeared in Joss Wheden's Angel; in Once Upon a Mattress, Princess Winnifred (two n's) sings the song A Girl Named Fred. The Disney folks seem to have been fond of the name--they used it in Jungle Book, Mary Poppins and Hocus Pocus.

Actress Jacqueline Bisset was born a Winifred and notable Winnies include Mrs. Mandela and the young girlfriend on The Wonder Years.

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Famous People Named Winifred

Winifred Greenwood, American silent film actress
Winifred Holtby, English novelist
Winifred Atwell (1914-83), Trinidadian popular pianist
Winifred Eileen Watson, author of 1938's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Pop Culture References for the Name Winifred

Winifred "Winnie" Foster, character in "Tuck Everlasting"
Winifred, one of the three Sanderson sisters in "Hocus Pocus"
Winifred Banks, the suffragette mother in "Mary Poppins"
Dora Winifred Reid, full name of D.W. on the children's show "Arthur"
Princess Winifred, in the show "Once Upon a Mattress"
Winifred Burkle, AKA "Fred," super-smart character in "Angel"
Winifred "Winnie" Perry, MC in the books Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen and Thirteen Plus One
Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper in the show "The Wonder Years"
Winifred Dartie in Galsworthy's Forsyte saga
Winifred Madgers, in "Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings and Legacy" by Charles Dickens

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