Wendy Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Wendy:
Originated as a nickname of novelist and playwright J.M. Barrie bestowed by Margaret Henley, the young daughter of English poet and editor W.E. Henley. She called Barrie her "Fwendy" (friendly), which evolved to "Fwendy-Wendy." Barrie first used the name in 1904 for a character in his Peter Pan, an ever-popular play which firmly established Wendy as a given name throughout the English-speaking world. Alternatively, Wendy is a modern pet form of Gwendolyn, most likely influenced by the previous name.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Nicknames for Wendy
Wen, Wends, Wendolyn, Wenny, Wendola
- Meanings and history of the name Wendy
The name "Wendy" was not heard of as being used as a name until the character Wendy from "Peter Pan"
- Famous real-life people named Wendy
Wendy Wasserstein, American playwright
Wendy O. Williams, American punk rock singer, known as "The Queen of Shock Rock"
Wendy Turnbull, Australian tennis player
Wendy Hiller, English actress
Wendy Matthews, Australian-Canadian singer
Wendy Wilson, singer in the group Wilson Phillips
Sister Wendy Beckett, British nun and host of "Sister Wendy's Story of Painting"
Wendy Williams, American media personality and talk show host
Wendy Davis, Texas politician
Wendy Son, South Korean main vocalist of South Korean pop girl group Red Velvet
- Wendy in song, story & screen
"Wendy" referred to in the song Somwhere In Neverland by All Time Low.
Wendy in "Peter Pan"
"Wendy", song by the Beach Boys
"Wendy", in 'Peter Pan' song by EXO
Wendy the Good Witch, friend of Casper the Friendly Ghost in "Casper Meets Wendy", Wendy is played by Hillary Duff
"Wendy Clear", a song by blink-182
Wendy Testaburger, student in the cartoon "South Park"
Wendy's, international restaurant chain
Wendy, girl Bruce Springsteen sings about in "Born to Run"
Wendy Corduroy, a main character in "Gravity Falls".