Girl Baby Name

Wendy

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Quick Facts on Wendy

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, Gaelic, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 703
Pronunciation:
WHEN-dee
Simple meaning:
Friend or Fair-skinned, blessed

Characteristics of Wendy

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Wendy

The name Wendy has an interesting etymological history. It was actually coined by the playwright J.M. Barrie in his famous play, “Peter Pan.” The character Wendy was borne from a nickname (“fwendy”) used for Barrie by a child acquaintance. “Fwendy” means, simply: friend. The second meaning of the name Wendy (“fair-skinned, blessed”) dates before Barrie and likely comes from a pet name for Gwendolyn. These elements come from the Gaelic words “gwyn” (holy, white) and “dolen” (ring). Gwendolyn is a popular Welsh name.

Popularity of the Name Wendy

The first time the name Wendy shows up on the popularity charts for a girls’ name in the United States is 1936. It gradually climbs the charts so that by the 1960’s and 70’s, the name is one of the most favored for girls. The name’s trendiness begins to fade by the 1980’s and today it enjoys only moderate-to-low success. Given its association with the timeless character, Wendy Darling of “Peter Pan,” the name will always symbolize a young girl on the verge of growing up. We expect it to stick on the charts even if the peak of its popularity is behind us.
Popularity of the Girl Name Wendy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Wendy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Wendy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Wendy

    Wendy Darling (Peter Pan) Wendy Darling is the oldest of the three Darling children in J. M. Barrie’s well-known, oft performed and beloved 1904 play, “Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up”, as well as his 1911 novel, “Peter Pan and Wendy”. Wendy and her two younger brothers, John and Michael, live in London, where they are visited by the boy who never grew up, Peter Pan. Peter teaches them how to fly and leads them all across the night sky to Never Land. Wendy is a conventional, good little Edwardian girl who honors her parents and loves her little brothers, but she has an unfulfilled wish never to grow up, to remain a girl forever. Who better to befriend her than Peter, the forever boy? Peter introduces the Darling children to all the frights and delights of Never Land, and hopes to keep them (especially Wendy) there with him. Ironically, it is Wendy who finds her path to natural adulthood through these adventures, discovering that while it is to be cherished, childhood is also to be left behind in the natural order of things. Wendy mothers the Lost Boys of Never Land, and tends to them with loving care. It is obvious that she also harbors an innocent love for Peter. Ultimately, however, Wendy realizes the inevitability of maturing, growing and accepting responsibility, all the while maintaining a vestige of the magical powers of childhood. With a mixture of reluctance and anticipation, Wendy decides to return with her brothers to reality, to embrace what is to come but never to forget what has been.

  • Popular Songs on Wendy

    Popular Songs on Wendy

    Tomorrow, Wendy - a song by Concrete Blonde

    Wake Up, Wendy - a song by Elton John

    Wendy - a song by Descendents

    Wendy - a song by The Beach Boys

    Wendy - a song by Burke Roney

    Wendy Clear - a song by Blink 182

    Wendy Said - a song by Kim Wilde

    Wendy Time - a song by The Cure

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Wendy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Wendy

    Wendy (Bob the Builder series of books) - Join Bob and Wendy and all the machines as they fix and repair all sorts of stuff! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Wendy Darling (Peter Pan) - Peter Pan, the book based on J. M. Barrie's famous 1904 stage play ("Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up") is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three Darling children - Wendy, John, and Michael - who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Wendy

    Famous People Named Wendy

    Famous People Named Wendy - Wendy Thomas (namesake of Wendy's restaurant); Wendy Williams (TV personality)

  • Children of Famous People Named Wendy

    Children of Famous People Named Wendy

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Wendy - Brian Wilson (musician); Nolan Ryan (baseball player)

  • Historic Figures

    Wendy - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Wendy - We cannot find any people of historical significance with the first name Wendy.

Personality of the Girl Name Wendy

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Wendy

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