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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 "Best name or combo from previous poster's signature!".

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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