US Popularity:2442
Other Origin(s):Welsh
Meaning:White; White ring
Wendy is a feminine name of English origin, meaning “friend,” and what better pal to have than your bouncing bundle of joy! Playwright J.M. Barrie first coined the gorgeous name as a leading character in the classic Peter Pan in 1904. As the story goes, Barrie was given the formidable nickname “fwendy” by a childhood acquaintance, which would make its way to the big time years later. For an extra touch, Wendy can also be a cute nickname for the Welsh name Gwendolen, meaning "white" and possibly "white ring." This can create images of snow, flower petals, and angel halos for baby to enjoy at their start to life. Have your darling Wendy feel young forever with this cute and preppy name.

Wendy Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Wendy is currently #593 on The Bump
Girl:Wendy is currently #425 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Wendy is currently #2442 in U.S. births
Girl:Wendy is currently #1298 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 45
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • 100,000+ Baby Names by Bruce Lansky, pg. 311

  • WordSense, Wendy

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Wendy, October 2017

  • Behind the Name, Wendy, June 2023

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Gwendolyn, October 2017

  • Behind the Name, Gwendolen, June 2023

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