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

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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

Winnie Rose (b. 2013), daughter of comedian Jimmy Fallon

Pop Culture References for the Name Winnie

Winnie the Pooh - bear in the series of children's books and the Disney movie franchise
Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, character in "The Wonder Years"
Winifred "Winnie" Foster, main character of "Tuck Everlasting"
Winnie Tibideaux, Sondra and Elvin's baby girl on "The Cosby Show"
Winnipeg "Winnie," a real female black bear that lived at the London Zoo...the inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh
Winnie Oh, teacher from Degrassi: The Next Generation

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