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Gender: F Meaning of Winnie: "holy peacemaking, gentle friend" Origin of Winnie: English diminutive of Winifred

This pet form of such names as Winifred and Edwina and Gwendolyn has loads of vintage charm, a la Millie and Maisie, with a decidedly winning vibe. And it just got celebrity cred as the baby daughter of Jimmy Fallon.

Winnie had been used regularly on its own in the U.S. through the early 1950's and has a number of varied namesakes. There's the Pooh, of course, and also Winnie Mandela, former wife of South African President Nelson; Winnie Cooper, the charming girlfriend of the young hero on The Wonder Years--whose given name was Gwendolyn; Winifred "Winnie" Foster, a main character in the childhood classic Tuck Everlasting; and it was also a nickname for Winston Churchill.

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Famous People Named Winnie

Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe "Winnie" Madikizela-Mandela, South African politician, ex-wife of South African President Nelson Mandela
Winnie Holzman, American TV writer and playwright
Winifred Margaret 'Winnie' Ewing, Scottish politician
Winifred "Winnie" Mason Shaw, Scottish tennis player
Winnie Rose (b. 2013), daughter of comedian Jimmy Fallon
Winnie Harlow, model with vitiligo

Pop Culture References for the Name Winnie

Winnie the Pooh, male bear in A.A. Milne's books and the Disney franchise
Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, character on TV's "The Wonder Years"
Winifred "Winnie" Foster, main character in book/movie "Tuck Everlasting"
Winnie Tibideaux, Sondra and Elvin's baby girl on "The Cosby Show"
Winnipeg "Winnie," real female black bear at the London Zoo, inspiration for Winnie the Pooh
Winnie Oh, teacher on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"

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