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Gender: Male Meaning of Wilfred: "desires peace" Origin of Wilfred: English

The name Wilfred is a boy's name of English origin meaning "desires peace". Wilfred and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Wilfred is one of those Old Man Names that still sounds fusty in the US but is fashionable in the UK. It comes with readymade short forms Will or Fred and might make an adventurous alternative to the ubiquitous William. The central character of Walter Scott's Ivanhoe is the knight Wilfred of Ivanhoe. Wilfred Owens was a well-known British poet.

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Famous People Named Wilfred

Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, English poet
Wilfred Lucas, Canadian-American actor
Wilfred Rhodes, English cricketer
Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Barcelona
Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, British Arabian explorer
Wilfred Jackson, American Disney animator
Wilfred Benítez, Puerto Rican boxer
Wilfred, son of actors David Tennant and Georgia Moffett

Pop Culture References for the name Wilfred

Wilfred, dog on TV's "Wilfred"
Wilfred, Knight of Ivanhoe, character in Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe"
Wilfred Toadflax, mouse in the Brambly Hedge Mice books
Wilfred Morgenhall, seedy old lawyer in John Mortimer's play The Dock Brief (1958)
The Hon. Wilfred Desert, character in the Forsyte series by John Galsworthy
Wilfred Devizes, mental specialist in "Christina Alberta's Father" (1925) by H. G. Wells
Wilfred Mott, character from TV series "Doctor Who"

Willfried, Willfredo, Wilfryd, Wilfried, Will, Willfred, Wilford, Willfrid, Willfryd

Wilfred's International Variations

Willi, Wilfrid, Willifred (German) Wilfrido, Wilferdo, Vilfredo, Vilfrido, Walfrido, Wilfredo (Spanish)


mionepuff Says:


Just a word to the wise but Pearl Jean sounds too similar to Pearl Jam.

emilybelle Says:


Adore this name... the nickname "Wolf" would give it a bit more edge.

Sammie Elestial Says:


My son is Wilfred Bertram Henry, called Freddo or Wolfie by his brother, Wilf by us. I wanted Bertram, as Bertie or Bram as a first name but glad we settled on Wilfred, a name from both sides of the family tree. Had we spotted he was ginger when naming him we may have changed it to Edward, as my eldest loves Ed Sheeran. Do love the name though and phonetically it's easy to spell when they are learning :) Had he been a girl he would have been Pearl Jean. Happy name hunting.

Essa Says:


And the meaning is so nice too!

Essa Says:


I totally agree. I love Wilfred and Wilf, as well as Wilfie. Will and Freddie are also great options but a little too common for me. I don't know how this name isn't more popular!

Floris Says:


I love this! I've always liked the nn Fred/Freddie but the names Alfred or Frederik just didn't convince me... Wilfred is simply brilliant :)!

EW314 Says:


A very sweet, old-fashioned name choice. He could go by Will or Freddie for something more mainstream, but my personal favourite nickname is Wilf - so strong and sweet!