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Wendy is a given name generally given to girls in English-speaking countries.

The name is found in United States records from the 19th century. The name Wendy appeared over twenty times in the U.S. Census of 1880. In Britain, Wendy appeared as a masculine name in a parish record in 1615, and it was used as a name for both women and men in the 1881 census of England, occasionally as a diminutive for the Welsh Gwendolyn. It was also used as a surname in Britain from at least the 17th century. Its popularity in Britain as a feminine name is owed to the character Wendy Darling from the 1904 play Peter Pan and its 1911 novelization Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie. Its popularity reached a peak in the 1960s, and subsequently declined. The name was inspired by young Margaret Henley, daughter of Barrie's poet friend W. E. Henley. With the common childhood difficulty pronouncing Rs, Margaret reportedly used to call him "my fwiendy-wendy".

Chinese women with the same or similar-sounding characters as their given names often anglicise their names as Wendi or Wendy (e.g. Wendi Deng, Wendy Kweh).

In Germany after 1986 the name Wendy became popular because it is the name of a magazine (targeted specifically at young girls) about horses and horse riding.

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Fictional characters

  • Wendy Christensen in Final Destination 3
  • Wendy Corduroy in Gravity Falls
  • Wendy Darling in Peter Pan
  • Wendy Harris in the Super Friends cartoon and comic book
  • Wendy Johnson in My Parents are Aliens
  • Wendy O. Koopa, one of Bowser's Koopalings introduced in the video game Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Wendy Marvell in Fairy Tail
  • Wendy Peyser in American Horror Story: Asylum
  • The first name of Agent Pleakley, a male alien character from Lilo & Stitch
  • Wendy Rhoades, wife of Chuck Rhoades and a psychiatrist/performance coach at Axe Capital in Showtime series Billions
  • Wendy Testaburger in South Park
  • Winifred "Wendy" Torrance, one of the main characters in Stephen King's The Shining
  • Wendy Winkle in The Cramp Twins
  • Wendy Wu, the titular character of Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
  • Wendy the Good Little Witch in Harvey Comics
  • Wendy, a character in Bob the Builder
  • Wendy, a playable character in the indie survival game Don't Starve and its sequel Don't Starve Together
  • Wendy in How I Met Your Mother

Musical references (songs that mention someone named Wendy or Windy)

  • "Wendy", a song from the 1954 Broadway musical Peter Pan
  • "Wendy", written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love and recorded by The Beach Boys, 1964
  • "Windy", written by Ruthann Friedman and recorded by The Association, 1967
  • "Born to Run", written and recorded by Bruce Springsteen, 1974
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https://dmnes.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/made-up-names/
https://www.geni.com/people/Captain-Wendy-Oxford-Captain/6000000031139507821
https://books.google.com/books?id=rrTDBmQ0at4C&pg=PA480
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2057/was-the-name-wendy-invented-for-the-book-peter-pan
https://web.archive.org/web/20010627002022/http://www.wendy.com/wendyweb/history.html
http://www.wendy.com/wendyweb/history.html
https://web.archive.org/web/20090318131510/http://www.wendy.com/wendyweb/history.html
http://www.babynames.co.uk/names/wendy/
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