Wendell

First Name
54k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wendell

"Wendell" is a name of German origin, and it means "Wanderer, Seeker". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

Short form of Germanic compound names beginning with the tribal name Wendel- " a Wend".

  1. A patronymic surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred back from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Wendell

Wendell Berry is a writer. Wendell was born on August 5th, 1934 in Henry County, Kentucky, U.S.

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Wendell Pierce is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Wendell was born on December 8th, 1963 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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Wendell was given the name Lewis Wendell Willkie on February 18th, 1892 in Elwood, Indiana, U.S. He breathed his last breath on October 8th, 1944.

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Wendell Lira is a soccer player for the Vila Nova Futebol Clube, Goiás Esporte Clube, Fortaleza Esporte Clube, Clube Atlético Sorocaba, Trindade Atlético Clube, Goianésia Esporte Clube, Novo Horizonte Futebol Clube, União Recreativa dos Trabalhadores, Associação Atlética Anapolina, and Tombense Fut. Wendell was born on January 7th, 1989 in Goiânia.

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Wendell Corey was an actor/politician, actor, and politician. Wendell was born on March 20th, 1914 in Dracut, Massachusetts. He passed away on November 8th, 1968.

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Wendell Scott is a nascar driver.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wendell

Wendell is a soccer player for the Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Iraty Sport Club, Londrina Esporte Clube, Paraná Clube, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, and Brazil national under-20 football team. Wendell was born on July 20th, 1993 in Fortaleza.

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Ryan Wendell is a football player for the New England Patriots. Ryan was born on March 4th, 1986 in Diamond Bar, California.

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Bill Wendell was an announcer. He was most active from 1950 to 1995. Bill was given the name William Joseph Wenzel, Jr. on March 22nd, 1924 in New York City. He left this life on April 14th, 1999.

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Turk Wendell is a baseball player. Turk was born on May 19th, 1967 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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Jonas Wendell was a preacher. Jonas was born on December 25th, 1815. He left this life on August 14th, 1873.

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Johnny Angel Wendell is a hardcore punk, hard rock, and parody musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1978. Johnny was born on June 24th, 1956.

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How popular is the baby name Wendell in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 0 6
1881 8 0 8
1883 7 0 7
1884 11 0 11
1885 9 0 9
1886 12 0 12
1887 8 0 8
1888 17 0 17
1889 5 0 5
1890 11 0 11
1891 8 0 8
1892 21 0 21
1893 11 0 11
1894 21 0 21
1895 23 0 23
1896 18 0 18
1897 24 0 24
1898 23 0 23
1899 22 0 22
1900 30 0 30
1901 18 0 18
1902 38 0 38
1903 22 0 22
1904 32 0 32
1905 31 0 31
1906 40 0 40
1907 42 0 42
1908 63 0 63
1909 50 0 50
1910 69 0 69
1911 94 0 94
1912 212 0 212
1913 252 9 243
1914 350 0 350
1915 491 0 491
1916 515 0 515
1917 466 0 466
1918 519 0 519
1919 473 0 473
1920 555 11 544
1921 592 5 587
1922 609 9 600
1923 622 5 617
1924 633 0 633
1925 689 7 682
1926 642 0 642
1927 634 8 626
1928 664 8 656
1929 651 10 641
1930 679 7 672
1931 650 10 640
1932 655 5 650
1933 599 6 593
1934 618 0 618
1935 661 6 655
1936 629 0 629
1937 592 9 583
1938 586 6 580
1939 595 0 595
1940 1,650 25 1,625
1941 1,108 15 1,093
1942 860 13 847
1943 816 6 810
1944 701 5 696
1945 597 10 587
1946 625 12 613
1947 728 12 716
1948 687 11 676
1949 724 11 713
1950 852 12 840
1951 878 9 869
1952 885 7 878
1953 904 16 888
1954 972 23 949
1955 974 12 962
1956 1,019 9 1,010
1957 1,125 14 1,111
1958 1,200 11 1,189
1959 1,224 21 1,203
1960 1,156 11 1,145
1961 1,236 14 1,222
1962 1,114 21 1,093
1963 1,089 13 1,076
1964 1,035 20 1,015
1965 872 10 862
1966 723 7 716
1967 682 15 667
1968 627 15 612
1969 577 15 562
1970 537 0 537
1971 534 0 534
1972 442 9 433
1973 389 0 389
1974 329 0 329
1975 329 6 323
1976 283 0 283
1977 295 5 290
1978 325 6 319
1979 280 0 280
1980 322 5 317
1981 299 0 299
1982 310 7 303
1983 286 8 278
1984 257 0 257
1985 247 0 247
1986 233 0 233
1987 212 0 212
1988 239 0 239
1989 229 0 229
1990 222 0 222
1991 193 0 193
1992 186 0 186
1993 186 0 186
1994 153 0 153
1995 160 0 160
1996 120 0 120
1997 116 0 116
1998 104 0 104
1999 114 0 114
2000 99 0 99
2001 94 0 94
2002 107 0 107
2003 90 0 90
2004 92 0 92
2005 84 0 84
2006 96 0 96
2007 79 0 79
2008 88 0 88
2009 73 0 73
2010 61 0 61
2011 52 0 52
2012 72 0 72
2013 70 0 70
2014 78 0 78
2015 76 0 76
2016 88 0 88

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Popularity of Wendell as a first name

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Popularity of Wendell as a last name

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Common last names for Wendell

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Phillips
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Hall
  • Walker
  • Robinson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wendell U.S.
  White 92.96% 64.26%
  African American 1.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.40% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.39% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wendell

People with the last name Wendell are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Wendell

  • How Popular is the name Wendell? Wendell is the 944th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wendell was the 8,244th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wendell have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 53,597 babies born with the first name Wendell in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wendell to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wendell? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Wendell first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wendell is Monday, March 18th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Wendell born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wendell was in 1940 with a total of 1,625 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wendell!
  • Random Wendell Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wendell ranks 63rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 9 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Wendell: Your name in reverse order is Llednew. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Llwdeen. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wendell? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,020 people with the last name Wendell.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wendell? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Wendell as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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