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

Winifred Origin and Meaning

The name Winifred is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "blessed peacemaking".

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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EvaThyssen Says:


I named my Whirlpool fridge Winifred. It's a lovely name.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Wilhelmina has Mina for girly girls and Billie for tomboys...

river_dweller Says:


Love this name! I would use Win, Winnie or Winry as a nn.

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.