How Did the Name Wendy Originate and Where Did it Come From?

The name Wendy was invented by J.M. Barrie for a character in his 1904 play Peter Pan.

The poet W.E. Henley, a close friend of Barrie’s, had a four-year-old daughter, Margaret.

And because her father always referred to Barrie as “friend,” she would try to imitate him by saying “fwend” or “fwendy-wendy.”

how did the name wendy originate and where did it come from

Sadly, Margaret died at the age of six, but her expression lives on in Peter Pan and all the Wendys that have followed.

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