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Gender: Female Meaning of Winifred: "blessed peacemaking" Origin of Winifred: Welsh

The name Winifred is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "blessed peacemaking". Winifred and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quick Question Thread?!".

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One of the few remaining unrestored vintage gems, with a choice of two winning nicknames--the girlish Winnie and the tomboyish Freddie--as well as the slight stretch Freda. Winifred, the name of a legendary Welsh saint, was a Top 200 name into the mid-1920's.

Winifred was one of the Forsytes in The Forsyte Saga, Winifred Foster was the heroine of Tuck Everlasting, and another appeared in Joss Wheden's Angel; in Once Upon a Mattress, Princess Winnifred (two n's) sings the song 'A Girl Named Fred'. The Disney folks seem to have been fond of the name--they used it in Jungle Book, Mary Poppins and Hocus Pocus.

Actress Jacqueline Bisset was born a Winifred and notable Winnies include Mrs. Mandela and the young girlfriend on The Wonder Years.

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Famous People Named Winifred

(Una) Winifred Atwell, Trinidadian pianist
Winifred May Birkin, birth name of English socialite Freda Dudley Ward
Winifred Sweet Black Bonfils, American journalist
Winifred "Winnie" Carney, Irish independence activist and suffragist
Winifred Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, British philanthropist
Winifred Rockefeller Emeny, American socialite, granddaughter of mogul William Rockefeller
Maud Isabel "Winifred" Emery, English stage actress
Winifred Greenwood, American silent film actress
Winifred Florence Shotter, English actress
Winifred Margaret Slocock McNair, English tennis player
Winifred Holtby, English novelist
Winifred Lewellin James, Australian writer
Winifred Lamb, British classical archaeologist
Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer
Winifred Maxwell, Countess of Nithsdale, English Catholic noblewoman
Winifred Phillips, American video game composer
Winifred Robinson, English radio presenter
(Margaret) Winifred Rushforth, Scottish psychoanalyst
Winifred Sackville Stoner aka Mother Stoner, founder of the Natural Education movement
Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr., American poet
Winifred Coombe Tennant, Welsh politician and spiritualist medium
Winifred Marjorie Williams Wagner, wife of composer Siegfried Wagner; daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner
Winifred Eileen Watson, English novelist
Winifred Elaine "Wynne" Gibson, American actress
Winifred Wells, mistress to King Charles II of England
Winifred Westover, American actress
Winifred Horan, American fiddler of groups Cherish the Ladies and Solas

Pop Culture References for the name Winifred

Dora Winifred "D.W." Read, character in "Arthur" series by Marc Brown
Lady Winifred, character in "Lady Connie" by Mrs Humphry Ward
Princess Winifred, character in "Once Upon a Mattress"
Winifred Banks, character in "Mary Poppins"
Winifred "Fred" Burkle, character on "Angel"
Winifred Dartie, character in "Forsyte" saga by John Galsworthy
Winifred "Winnie" Foster, character in "Tuck Everlasting"
Winifred Fowl, character on "Jimmy Neutron"
Winnifred James, character in St Clare series by Enid Blyton
Winifred Madgers, in "Mrs Lirriper's Lodgings and Legacy" by Charles Dickens
Winifred "Winnie" Perry, character in "The Winnie Years" by Lauren Myracle
Winifred Sanderson, character in "Hocus Pocus"
Winifred Wood, in "Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
Winifred Portley-Rind "Winnie" in the film 'The Boxtrolls'
Winifred James, head-girl in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Sister Winifred, character on the TV series "Call the Midwife"
Winifred "Wendy" Torrance character in "The Shining" by Stephen King
Winifred "Freddie" Brooks, character on the TV series "A Different World"
Winifred "Freddie" Pink, character on the TV series "Murdoch Mysteries"
St Winefride's Well, possibly the oldest continually active pilgrimage site in all of Britain


rubylark Says:


This is my favorite name! I think it's very graceful. I first heard it from Mary Poppins and have loved it since

Violet_Rose Says:


Um Nameberry, the girlfriend in The Wonder Years was a Gwendolyn "Winnie", not a Winifred "Winnie", just so you know 😂👍

Kellen_Claire Says:


I adore this name, and the nickname Winnie! I fell in love with Winifred after reading the book Tuck Everlasting. There is just something so sweet about this name!

lesliemarion Says:


My sudden, current passion is Winifred Maple.

connor Says:


Why is this only a girls' name?

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


That's alright, we all have our opinions and I am quite fond of Winnie as well.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Yes, it does work. I'm just not a fan of Fred in general. I guess that's not specific to girls. Freddie is quite nice, and appeals a little more, but not really my style.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


That is one of the reasons I think Freddie could make a good nick name, because like Charlotte which offers Lottie and Charlie, Winifred offers Winnie for the girly girls, and Freddie for the more tomboyish girls.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't think Fred sounds cute for a girl. Winnie I can understand. Just my personal opinion, though. I know that plenty of people love the name. I do get the part about alternative nicknames, though. That's part of the appeal of Charlotte, that you/she can go with Charlotte, Charlie or Lottie, and alter according to the child's personality.

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


Winifred is a beautiful name, Fred doesn't ruin it, I think it adds a cute nickname alternative to Winnie if your child doesn't like it

Daiseymae Says:


It is just hideous.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I don't like this name. It doesn't sound feminine or attractive to me at all.

CaggieMcMasters Says:


Love this name! Winnie a cute NN.

kxlly0614 Says:


This name is slowly growing onto me. First, I thought the -Fred was too masculine for a girl. But every time I look at this name, I start to like it even more.

Maureen Rees Says:


I am Welsh and "Winifred" is my middle name; it was also my mother's first Christian name. Mostly she was called "Wynn" or "Winnie". Finished off with the surname of "Rees". I think it's a lovely name and I am proud to have it "Maureen Winifred Rees"

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I honestly don't think it's clunky at all!! It's beautiful and delicate and lacy, and I think it's also a family name which just sells it for me <3 also it fits with my love of Welsh names and names with religious connotations. My only issue with it is by the time I'm having kids I don't think vintage names are going to be stand-out any more, they're becoming too "normal" for my taste :/

Grey_B Says:


Love this. I'm thinking about naming daughter #3 this. If i do, her nickname is gonna be either Winnie after Winnie the Pooh(who i adore) or Freddie :)

caetano Says:


I find it cute.

Hailey Says:


Hocus Pocus. :-)

kitchi1 Says:


I really like this, and I love the nickname Winnie. If she's a tomboy, she can always go by Freddie too! Two nickname options depending on what the child prefers. I love the clunky but still lovely vintage sound. The meaning may be the best part - "blessed peacemaking" - anytime a name means peace or anything similar, I like it a hundred times more.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Automatic association with Fred from Angel, for me, and I think this is an awesome name!

headintheclouds Says:


I love your name combos!

Saffron_Rice Says:


This very old classic is actually the English version of the Welsh Gwenfrewi. I like it - it has a golden vibe to me and goes well as a middle name with lots of names. I don't think it's conventionally pretty but there's something alluring about it. I like Hazel Winifred, Louisa Winifred, Margot Winifred,for example.

headintheclouds Says:


My absolute favorite more "out there" girls' name. Crosses into the Guilty Pleasure territory at times, but in the end I'd totally use it for a future daughter.

Winifred has a beautiful classic clunky-lovely sound, is vintage and not too common, with a lovely meaning. Win or Winnie is adorable and so is Fred/Freddie (my friend Frederica has sold me on the nickname Freddie for girls!).

Ultimately it's almost rather too clunky-grandma vintage for most namers (ironically for those who say it's ugly and old but named their daughters Charlotte and Ruby and Isabella). All the better so it remains a hidden gem for some more years to come :)

kittykate928 Says:


I started out loving Winnie, and I've grown to adore this name.

Guest Says:


if this name was Winfrey I'd love it! But that Fred part makes it clunky.

PenelopeAnn Says:


I don't think the Fred part ruins it for a girl! I think it is adorable but would also age well. I agree with nameberry that it is once of those few remaining undiscovered jems. There are SO MANY nickname options: Win, Winnie, Fred, Freddie, Una, Freda... but I'd probably mostly use the gorgeous full name. It's just magical.

ldougie Says:


I like the nickname Winnie, just the fred part ruins this name for a girl!

kitchi1 Says:


I like this name. Winnie and/or Win are cute nicknames, too. I guess it's the "fred" part that leads so many people to disliking it.