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Wendy

First Name
261k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wendy mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Wendy

"Wendy" is a name of English origin, and it means "Various meanings- see below". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

Popularized by the character in J.M. Barrie's play, Peter Pan (1904) (though occasionally found earlier); the author explained that he got it from Fwendy-Wendy ("friend"), a nickname given to him by a child.

  1. A female given name.

Wendy was also found in the following language(s): Italian

Notable Persons Named Wendy

Wendy Williams-Hunter is a radio personality, television host, actress, producer, author, and comedian. She was most prominent from 1986 to present. Wendy was given the name Wendy Joan Williams on July 18th, 1964 in Ocean Township, Monmouth County, New Jersey.

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Wendie Malick is an actress. She was most active from 1978 to present. Wendie was given the name Wendy Malick on December 13th, 1950 in Buffalo, New York.

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Wendi McLendon-Covey is an actress, comedienne, writer, and producer. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Wendi was given the name Wendy Anne McLendon on October 10th, 1969 in Bellflower, California, U.S.

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Her career lasted from 1978 to 1990. Wendy was given the name Wendy Orlean Williams on May 28th, 1949 in Webster, New York, United States. She died on April 6th, 1998.

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Wendy is a singing and singer. Wendy was given the name Son Seung-wan on February 21st, 1994 in Seongbuk-dong.

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Wendy Richard was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1960 to 2009. Wendy was given the name Wendy Emerton on July 20th, 1943 in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She breathed her last breath on February 26th, 2009.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wendy

Wendy is a singing and singer. Wendy was given the name Son Seung-wan on February 21st, 1994 in Seongbuk-dong.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1918 5 5 0
1921 7 7 0
1923 9 9 0
1927 16 16 0
1928 5 5 0
1929 8 8 0
1930 17 17 0
1931 9 9 0
1932 11 11 0
1933 10 10 0
1934 11 11 0
1935 27 27 0
1936 67 67 0
1937 80 80 0
1938 130 130 0
1939 222 222 0
1940 254 254 0
1941 345 345 0
1942 481 481 0
1943 455 455 0
1944 447 447 0
1945 575 575 0
1946 762 762 0
1947 979 974 5
1948 1,517 1,517 0
1949 2,613 2,613 0
1950 3,038 3,029 9
1951 3,349 3,344 5
1952 3,563 3,557 6
1953 3,626 3,615 11
1954 4,425 4,417 8 #95 girl name
1955 4,962 4,950 12 #91 girl name
1956 4,874 4,861 13 #95 girl name
1957 4,718 4,701 17
1958 4,498 4,481 17
1959 5,724 5,711 13 #83 girl name
1960 6,891 6,870 21 #63 girl name
1961 7,165 7,150 15 #61 girl name
1962 7,002 6,979 23 #64 girl name
1963 7,357 7,336 21 #60 girl name
1964 8,101 8,078 23 #55 girl name
1965 10,505 10,480 25 #39 girl name
1966 9,551 9,519 32 #41 girl name
1967 11,260 11,224 36 #32 girl name
1968 10,734 10,708 26 #31 girl name
1969 10,653 10,626 27 #29 girl name
1970 11,141 11,099 42 #28 girl name
1971 10,096 10,062 34 #29 girl name
1972 8,565 8,531 34 #29 girl name
1973 7,842 7,813 29 #29 girl name
1974 7,591 7,563 28 #32 girl name
1975 7,504 7,474 30 #33 girl name
1976 6,495 6,467 28 #39 girl name
1977 5,792 5,763 29 #49 girl name
1978 4,934 4,917 17 #56 girl name
1979 4,525 4,499 26 #64 girl name
1980 4,162 4,143 19 #75 girl name
1981 3,634 3,610 24 #89 girl name
1982 2,838 2,822 16
1983 2,399 2,388 11
1984 2,031 2,024 7
1985 1,796 1,781 15
1986 1,541 1,518 23
1987 1,369 1,354 15
1988 1,305 1,295 10
1989 1,354 1,336 18
1990 1,414 1,398 16
1991 1,367 1,343 24
1992 1,270 1,270 0
1993 1,271 1,257 14
1994 1,141 1,133 8
1995 1,047 1,039 8
1996 979 969 10
1997 913 907 6
1998 867 867 0
1999 905 899 6
2000 1,012 1,003 9
2001 1,262 1,254 8
2002 1,208 1,208 0
2003 1,093 1,087 6
2004 1,046 1,039 7
2005 899 899 0
2006 935 930 5
2007 864 864 0
2008 688 688 0
2009 598 598 0
2010 498 498 0
2011 420 415 5
2012 357 357 0
2013 395 395 0
2014 358 358 0
2015 288 288 0
2016 328 328 0

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Popularity of Wendy as a first name

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Common last names for Wendy

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • Jones
  • Moore
  • Walker
  • Thomas
  • Davis
  • Allen
  • Martin
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Fun Facts about the name Wendy

  • What name lists does Wendy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Wendy? Wendy is the 282nd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Wendy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 261,395 babies born with the first name Wendy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wendy to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wendy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Wendy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wendy is Wednesday, May 2nd, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Wendy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wendy was in 1967 with a total of 11,224 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wendy!
  • Random Wendy Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wendy ranks 41st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, 486 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Wendy: Your name in reverse order is Ydnew. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dweyn. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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