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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
(Una) Winifred Atwell, Trinidadian pianist
Winifred Eileen Watson, English novelist
Winifred Florence Shotter, English actress
Winifred Marjorie Williams Wagner, wife of German composer Siegried Wagner and daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner
Winifred Margaret Slocock McNair, English tennis player
Winifred Robinson, English radio presenter
Winifred Phillips, American video game composer

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"

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