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  • Winifred

    29 64.44%
  • Wilhelmina

    13 28.89%
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    3 6.67%
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  1. #1
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    Getting to Winnie: Winifred or Wilhelmina

    I love Winnie, but it's not formal enough for a given name (in my opinion). I do like both Wilhelmina and Winifred, but they're both so clunky I'm not sure I want to keep them on my list.

    What long forms would you recommend, or which of these do you prefer?

  2. #3
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    I prefer Wilhelmina.
    I know an adorable 5-year old girl named Wilhelmina who has Downs, she's the sweetest thing in the world, all smiles and hugs and fairytales ^^

    Other long forms with a less unwieldy feel:
    Winona
    Winola
    Winslet
    Edwina
    Alwen/Olwen
    Anwen
    Arianwen
    Elowen
    Rowena
    Winsome
    Winter
    Last edited by dearest; August 5th, 2014 at 04:35 PM. Reason: added Winsome and Winter
    Recently back from hiatus. ^^

  3. #5
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    For me, Winifred has a magical quality which the more serious Wilhelmina lacks so I cast my vote for this Welsh gem. Wilhelmina always reminds me of the German Kaiser and it's not a pleasant memory. I also think Winnie is a more intuitive nickname choice for Winifred than Wilhelmina as well.
    All the best,
    Mischa.

  4. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by mischa View Post
    For me, Winifred has a magical quality which the more serious Wilhelmina lacks so I cast my vote for this Welsh gem. Wilhelmina always reminds me of the German Kaiser and it's not a pleasant memory. I also think Winnie is a more intuitive nickname choice for Winifred than Wilhelmina as well.
    Ditto this, through and through.
    Mary Valentine, Bessie Prairie, Frances Dove, Pascoe O'Brian, Yuki Camellia, Vinnie Vesper, Teddy Susanna, Faye Francesca, Shalom Galilee, Dossie Opal.

    Morris Noble, Abraham Lou, Enzo Raphael, Obadiah Dove, Clancy Lazarus, Murphy Jericho, Lemuel Jethro, Zebedee Shalom, Pascoe Anders, Barnaby O'Brian, Francis Gardener.

  5. #9
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    I prefer Winifred. I don't find much appealing about Wilhelmina. I like pp's idea of Winter. I'd also suggest Gwendolyn - if you're familiar with The Wonder Years, Winnie Cooper's full name was Gwendolyn.

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