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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?
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  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 05:35 PM. Reason: added Winsome and Winter
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  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.
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  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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