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

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

(Una) Winifred Atwell, Trinidadian pianist
Winifred May Birkin, birth name of English socialite Freda Dudley Ward
Winifred Sweet Black Bonfils, US newspaper reporter and columnist
Winifred "Winnie" Carney, Irish independence activist, suffragist and trade unionist
Winifred Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, British philanthropist
Winifred Rockefeller Emeny, US socialite, granddaughter of Standard Oil co-founder William Rockefeller
Winifred Emery, English stage actress
Winifred Greenwood, US silent film actress
Winifred Holtby, English novelist
Winifred Lewellin James, Australian writer
Winifred Lamb, British classical archaeologist
Winifred Milius Lubell, US illustrator, artist and writer
Winifred Maxwell, Countess of Nithsdale, Catholic noblewoman
Winifred Margaret Slocock McNair, English tennis player
Winifred Phillips, US video game composer
Winifred Robinson, English radio presenter
(Margaret) Winifred Rushforth, Jungian psychoanalyst
Winifred Florence Shotter, English actress
Winifred Sackville Stoner ("Mother Stoner"), founder of the Natural Education movement, an innovative educator who promoted the importance of fun in learning
Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr. (daughter of the above), US poet and child prodigy
Winifred Coombe Tennant, Welsh politician and spiritualist medium
Winifred Marjorie Williams Wagner, wife of German composer Siegried Wagner and daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner
Winifred Eileen Watson, English novelist
Winifred Wells, mistress to King Charles II of England
Winifred Westover, Hollywood actress of the 1910s and '20s

Pop Culture References for the Name Winifred

Winifred "Winnie" Foster, character in book/movie "Tuck Everlasting"
Winifred Sanderson, character in movie "Hocus Pocus"
Winifred Banks, mother in book/movie "Mary Poppins"
Dora Winifred "D.W." Reid, character in the Arthur series
Princess Winifred, character in musical "Once Upon a Mattress"
Winifred "Fred" Burkle, character on TV's "Angel"
Winifred "Winnie" Perry, character in The Winnie Years series by Lauren Myracle
Winifred Dartie, character in John Galsworthy's Forsyte saga
Winifred Madgers, character in Charles Dickens' "Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings and Legacy"
Winnie from Tim Burton film "Boxtrolls"
Winnifred James, character in Enid Blyton's St. Clare's school series
Miss Winifred Fowl, Jimmy Neutron's teacher who squawks like a chicken

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