English diminutive of Winifred
"holy peacemaking, gentle friend"

Winnie Origin and Meaning

The name Winnie is a girl's name of English origin meaning "holy peacemaking, gentle friend".

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

  • Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe "Winnie" MadikizelaMandela, South African politician, ex,wife of South African President Nelson Mandela
  • Winnie HolzmanAmerican TV writer and playwright
  • Winifred Margaret 'Winnie' EwingScottish politician
  • Winifred "Winnie" Mason ShawScottish tennis player
  • Winnie HarlowAmerican model with vitiligo
  • Winnie Rose Fallon (b. 2013)daughter of comedian Jimmy Fallon

Winnie in Pop Culture

  • Winnie the Poohmale bear in A.A. Milne's books and the Disney franchise
  • Gwendolyn "Winnie" Coopercharacter on TV's "The Wonder Years"
  • Winifred "Winnie" Fostermain character in book/movie/musical "Tuck Everlasting"
  • Winifred "Winnie" Rosecharacter on the TV series "Anne with an E"
  • Winnie TibideauxSondra and Elvin's baby girl on "The Cosby Show"
  • Winnipeg "Winnie" real female black bear at the London Zoo, inspiration for Winnie the Pooh
  • Winnie Ohteacher on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Winniereoccurring character on "Flashpoint"
  • WinnieFelicity's mother in "The Romeo and Juliet Code" by Phoebe Stone
  • Winniethe Werewolf's daughter in the movie 'Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School'