Wendy is often associated with J.M. Barrie’s 1904 play (and later novel) Peter Pan and while he is credited with inventing the name, having coined it from a child’s expression “fwendy-wendy”, the name actually had some use prior to Barrie’s play. It may have originally derived as a nickname for Gwendolen meaning “white ring” or “white brow” from Welsh elements gwen (fair, white, blessed) and dolen (ring, bow, hair, brow). It may also have been used as a nickname or an anglicized form of Wendela, a Germanic name meaning “a Wend”, originally used to refer to a Slavic tribe living in East Germany. The name may be derived from Celtic *windos (white) or from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to turn).
Origin: Welsh, Celtic, Proto-Indo-European
- Wendi (English)
- Wendie (English)