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Gender: Female Meaning of Hedwig: "war" Origin of Hedwig: German

The name Hedwig is a girl's name of German origin meaning "war". Hedwig and is often added to lists like German Shepherd Puppy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Sibset makeover game! Girls version".

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Insurmountable teasing opportunities.

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Famous People Named Hedwig

Saint Hedwig of Andechs, Duchess of Silesia
Hedwig of Kalisz, Queen consort of Władysław I the Elbow-high of Poland
Hedwig Elisabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen consort of Charles XIII and II of Sweden and Norway (Swedish: Hedvig Elisabeth Charlotta)
Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen consort of Charles X Gustav of Sweden
Hedwig of Holstein, Queen consort of Magnus III of Sweden
Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, birth name of Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress and inventor of early wireless communication
Hedwig, Princess of Denmark, Electress of Saxony
Hedwig of Saxony, mother of Hugh Capet
Hedwig Jagiellon, Electress consort of Joachim II Hector of Brandenburg
Hedwig of Nordgau, Countess of Luxembourg
Hedwig Irene Gorski, American performance poet
Hedwig Bleibtreu, Austrian actress
(Marianne Adelaide) Hedwig Dohm, German feminist author
Hedwig Dransfeld, German feminist and politician
Hedwig von Trapp, daughter of the Von Trapp Family Singers of "The Sound of Music" fame

Pop Culture References for the name Hedwig

Hedwig Robinson, main character in rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"
Hedwig, Harry Potter's snowy owl
Hedwig, character in The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen

Hedy, Hedda, Hadwig, Hedva

Hedwig's International Variations

Hedvig (Scandinavian) Jadwiga (Polish) Edwige (French) Hedvika (Czech) Edvige (Italian)


Daiseymae Says:


I don't care for this, but it was Hedy Lamarr's first name.

WiseBird39 Says:


This name will be forever tied to Harry Potter for me - and, no offense, there are a lot of other really great Harry Potter names. Narcissa, Ginevra, Minerva, Helena, Luna, or even Hermione, anyone? Those characters, at the very least, were humans. But each to their own. :-)

AlexxisLynn Says:


Oh, danke.

Floris Says:


Your welcome :) Btw, in Southern Germany and Switzerland most people would probably say Hedwig with a g, and not the soft ch. But the rest of the pronounciation wouldn't change...

AlexxisLynn Says:


Awesome! Thanks for the correction! I'm actually taking a German class, and that helped.

Floris Says:


In the German speaking world this is pronounced like: hEd-vig. The e is more more open than in English, it doesn't sound like head. And the g is more like a soft ch...

If you were to type in: "Wie man Hedwig ausspricht", one of the suggested websites is forvo. (You obviously have to chose the German pronounciation and not the American one.) The German pronounciation sounds perfect to me. And yes, German is my first language.

EW314 Says:


Huuuuuge GP but I love it! It would make a really fun middle but even I wouldn't dare, haha. I like the Polish variant Jadwiga ("yad-VEE-gah") too.

AlexxisLynn Says:


In the German-speaking world this name would be pronounced as Head•Vig because in the Germsn language "w's" are pronounced as "v's" and vice versa.

Hailey Says:


Nothing wrong with Harry Potter! :-)

Zelliew Says:


Sure to be the only Hedwig in the school.......if that 's what you're after

lila Says:


I love this name I will give no apologies.

vintageluvs Says:


I must prefer the French Edwige (Ed-weej) or the Scandinavian Hedda (clueless about the pronunciation though) to Hedwig or any other variants. Yea, I actually think of Neil Patrick Harris before I think of Harry Potter. I mean, it was a name of a bird, so... do with that what you will.

caroblaise Says:


When I hear this name, I think Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch...

CocoWhite Says:


Not to mention the meaning of the name is "war". Why would you want to name your kid War?

MaryKathryn Says:


God Bless this comment!

ShannonLim Says:


All I can visualize is an owl.

Giinkies Says:


I have no clue how it is supposed to be pronounced and you're probably right, but in English it is one letter away from Head Wig.

Guest Says:


I think it's actually pronounced head vih in its native German

Giinkies Says:


Harry Potter isn't my main problem with this name, Head Wig is.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like Harry Potter, but it doesn't have many good names for your actual child. Hedwig is a definite no-no, along with Albus, Severus, and Hagrid

Frankie Says:


I actually really like this one and wish it wasn't so inextricably tied to Harry Potter. It's so enchanting.

writtenmania Says:


Harry Potter!