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Gender: Female Meaning of Winnie: "holy peacemaking, gentle friend" Origin of Winnie: English diminutive of Winifred

The name Winnie is a girl's name of English origin meaning "holy peacemaking, gentle friend". Winnie and is often added to lists like Attitude Nicknames for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

This pet form of such names as Winifred and Edwina and Gwendolyn has loads of vintage charm, a la Millie and Maisie, with a decidedly winning vibe. And it just got celebrity cred as the baby daughter of Jimmy Fallon.

Winnie had been used regularly on its own in the U.S. through the early 1950's and has a number of varied namesakes. There's the Pooh, of course, and also Winnie Mandela, former wife of South African President Nelson; Winnie Cooper, the charming girlfriend of the young hero on The Wonder Years--whose given name was Gwendolyn; Winifred "Winnie" Foster, a main character in the childhood classic Tuck Everlasting; and it was also a nickname for Winston Churchill.

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Famous People Named Winnie

Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe "Winnie" Madikizela-Mandela, South African politician, ex-wife of South African President Nelson Mandela
Winnie Holzman, American TV writer and playwright
Winifred Margaret 'Winnie' Ewing, Scottish politician
Winifred "Winnie" Mason Shaw, Scottish tennis player
Winnie Harlow, American model with vitiligo
Winnie Rose Fallon (b. 2013), daughter of comedian Jimmy Fallon

Pop Culture References for the name Winnie

Winnie the Pooh, male bear in A.A. Milne's books and the Disney franchise
Gwendolyn "Winnie" Cooper, character on TV's "The Wonder Years"
Winifred "Winnie" Foster, main character in book/movie/musical "Tuck Everlasting"
Winnie Tibideaux, Sondra and Elvin's baby girl on "The Cosby Show"
Winnipeg "Winnie," real female black bear at the London Zoo, inspiration for Winnie the Pooh
Winnie Oh, teacher on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Winnie, reoccurring character on "Flashpoint"
Winnie, Felicity's mother in "The Romeo and Juliet Code" by Phoebe Stone
Winnie, the Werewolf's daughter in the movie 'Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School'

Winny, Winni, Wina, Winney, Winne, Wynnie


connor Says:


Why is this only feminine name?

Daiseymae Says:


I thought only horses made this sound.

Brittney C. Says:


I personally love the name. We're considering trying for baby #2 and Winnie Mae is towards the top of our list. We feel it pairs perfectly with our daughter's name - Willa Lou.

The Ubiquitous Shadow Says:


This sounds like a bad mistake. Although I am fond of its meaning, all well...

Impwood Says:


I don't understand how this doesn't have a male page, since Winnie the Pooh is at least one notable male bearer of the name.

JustBrowsing Says:


it's so cute - but I just can't get over 'the pooh'

Jennifer Kelly Says:


A fish called Winnie.

kitchi1 Says:


Jimmy Fallon's new daughter's name! Love it! Nice choice, Jimmy!

Sunshine Kid Says:


Winnie is a great name, fun and spunky.