Gender: Female Origin of Wendy: Literary name

Wendy Origin and Meaning

The name Wendy is a girl's name of English origin.

Wendy was invented by Sir James Barrie in 1904 for the big sister charater in his play Peter Pan; he supposedly took it from the nickname Fwendy-Wendy that he was called by a young girl acquaintance. Wendy's heyday was once upon a time; it's now seen as bouncy and peppy—the perfect babysitter (or mom) name. It currently ranks at Number 854, a bit of a bump from its all time low of Number 936 in 2015.

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FractalShadow Says:


I love this as a nickname. Anyone know of any good "longer" versions that this could be a nickname for? All I can think of are Gwendolyn and Wendell.

scblovesnames Says:


Funny story, we named instruments in band as a fun thing to do and I named mine Wendy. funny story aside, I love this name. All names were made up at one point. This is so far underused in my opinion. I'd love to meet more little Wendy's, fast food, and Peter Pan references aside.

meaganegibson Says:


My literature teacher freshman year was named Wendy. I've always thought it was a cute name

hermioneameliastyles Says:


Please for goodness sake don't pair this with Peter. I love this name and would totally use it for the Disney reference as long as I avoided Peter. This would defiantly be fitting for a little girl. I knew two Wendy's in my life a teenager and a grown adult who spelled it Wendi. I think it was more fitting on the teenager, but it's up to you. This not so popular name is not for everyone and seems to fit with the Nameberry trend of staying away from popular names that are inside the top 100.

grace147 Says:


Well, I used to like it. I think it's very cute and a very well known name, but not so popular anymore. So you could totally go for it. But the reason I can't really use this name anymore is because I know a lady who was named "wendy" and she didn't turn out too well....

EllaYu Says:


Yes the anecdote is true. And "Fwendy-Wendy" sadly passed away in her childhood.

A lot of Gwendolens have nicknamed themselves "Wendy". Not a personal choice for us, I don't think, but it's a really great name.

Kailagood Says:


With this name i cant help but remember a line in a movie. In Where the heart is novili tells moses whitecott that she was thinking of naming her daughter Wendi with a i. Moses response "oh don't you dare!!! give that baby a name that means something a good sturdy name. I like the name wendy but that line in that movie is bore into my brain.