"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--as well as the slight stretch Freda. 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.

# 992 in the US

Winifred Rank in US Top 1000

# 168 on Nameberry

Winifred Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Winifred Popularity

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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