"blessed peacemaking"

Winifred Origin and Meaning

The name Winifred is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "blessed peacemaking".

One of the few remaining unrestored vintage gems, with a choice of two winning nicknames--the girlish Winnie and the tomboyish Freddie. 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.

Formerly considered old and fusty, Winifred is back in, featured amongst the newest additions to the US Top 1000 in 2023.

# 967 in the US

Winifred Rank in US Top 1000

# 212 on Nameberry

Winifred Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Winifred Popularity

Famous People Named Winifred

  • (Una) Winifred AtwellTrinidadian pianist
  • Winifred May Birkinbirth name of English socialite Freda Dudley Ward
  • Winifred Sweet Black BonfilsAmerican journalist
  • Winifred "Winnie" CarneyIrish independence activist and suffragist
  • Winifred CavendishBentinck, Duchess of Portland, British philanthropist
  • Winifred Rockefeller EmenyAmerican socialite, granddaughter of mogul William Rockefeller
  • Maud Isabel "Winifred" EmeryEnglish stage actress
  • Winifred GreenwoodAmerican silent film actress
  • Winifred Florence ShotterEnglish actress
  • Winifred Margaret Slocock McNairEnglish tennis player
  • Winifred HoltbyEnglish novelist
  • Winifred Lewellin JamesAustralian writer
  • Winifred LambBritish classical archaeologist
  • Winifred Milius LubellAmerican illustrator and writer
  • Winifred MaxwellCountess of Nithsdale, English Catholic noblewoman
  • Winifred PhillipsAmerican video game composer
  • Winifred RobinsonEnglish radio presenter
  • (Margaret) Winifred RushforthScottish psychoanalyst
  • Winifred Sackville Stoner aka Mother Stonerfounder of the Natural Education movement
  • Winifred Sackville StonerJr., American poet
  • Winifred Coombe TennantWelsh politician and spiritualist medium
  • Winifred Marjorie Williams Wagnerwife of composer Siegfried Wagner; daughter,in,law of Richard Wagner
  • Winifred Eileen WatsonEnglish novelist
  • Winifred Elaine "Wynne" GibsonAmerican actress
  • Winifred Wellsmistress to King Charles II of England
  • Winifred WestoverAmerican actress
  • Winifred HoranAmerican fiddler of groups Cherish the Ladies and Solas

Winifred in Pop Culture

  • Winifred "Winnie" Rosecharacter on the TV series "Anne with an E"
  • Dora Winifred "D.W." Readcharacter in "Arthur" series by Marc Brown
  • Lady Winifredcharacter in "Lady Connie" by Mrs Humphry Ward
  • Princess Winifredcharacter in "Once Upon a Mattress"
  • Winifred Bankscharacter in "Mary Poppins"
  • Winifred "Fred" Burklecharacter on "Angel"
  • Winifred Dartiecharacter in "Forsyte" saga by John Galsworthy
  • Winifred "Winnie" Fostercharacter in "Tuck Everlasting"
  • Winifred Fowlcharacter on "Jimmy Neutron"
  • Winnifred Jamescharacter in St Clare series by Enid Blyton
  • Winifred Madgersin "Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings and Legacy" by Charles Dickens
  • Winifred "Winnie" Perrycharacter in "The Winnie Years" by Lauren Myracle
  • Winifred Sandersoncharacter in "Hocus Pocus"
  • Winifred Woodin "Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Winifred PortleyRind "Winnie" in the film 'The Boxtrolls'
  • Winifred Jameshead,girl in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
  • Sister Winifredcharacter on the TV series "Call the Midwife"
  • Winifred "Wendy" Torrance character in "The Shining" by Stephen King
  • Winifred "Freddie" Brookscharacter on the TV series "A Different World"
  • Winifred "Freddie" Pinkcharacter on the TV series "Murdoch Mysteries"
  • St Winefride's Wellpossibly the oldest continually active pilgrimage site in all of Britain