Hedwig Origin and Meaning

The name Hedwig is a girl's name of German origin meaning "war".
An ancient German saint's name – and most famously the name of Harry Potter's snowy owl – but the combination of "head" plus "wig" feels a little too literal in English.

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Famous People Named Hedwig

  • Saint Hedwig of AndechsDuchess of Silesia
  • Hedwig of KaliszQueen consort of Władysław I the Elbow,high of Poland
  • Hedwig Elisabeth Charlotte of HolsteinGottorp, Queen consort of Charles XIII and II of Sweden and Norway (Swedish: Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta)
  • Hedwig Eleonora of HolsteinGottorp, Queen consort of Charles X Gustav of Sweden
  • Hedwig of HolsteinQueen consort of Magnus III of Sweden
  • Hedwig Eva Maria Kieslerbirth name of Hedy Lamarr, Austrian,American actress and inventor of early wireless communication
  • HedwigPrincess of Denmark, Electress of Saxony
  • Hedwig of Saxonymother of Hugh Capet
  • Hedwig JagiellonElectress consort of Joachim II Hector of Brandenburg
  • Hedwig of NordgauCountess of Luxembourg
  • Hedwig Irene GorskiAmerican performance poet
  • Hedwig BleibtreuAustrian actress
  • (Marianne Adelaide) Hedwig DohmGerman feminist author
  • Hedwig DransfeldGerman feminist and politician
  • Hedwig von Trappdaughter of the Von Trapp Family Singers of "The Sound of Music" fame

Hedwig in Pop Culture

  • Hedwig Robinsonmain character in rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
  • HedwigHarry Potter's snowy owl
  • Hedwigcharacter in The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen