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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 "Wilfred or Wilford?".

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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)