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GenderFeminine
UsageGerman
PronouncedPron.HET-vikh
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Meaning & History

From the Germanic name Hadewig, derived from the Germanic elements hadu "battle, combat" and wig "war". This was the name of a 13th-century German saint, the wife of the Polish duke Henry the Bearded. It was subsequently borne by a 14th-century Polish queen (usually known by her Polish name Jadwiga) who is now also regarded as a saint.
DiminutiveHedy
Other Languages & CulturesHadewig Ancient Germanic Hedvika Czech Hedvig Danish Hadewych, Hedy Dutch Edwige French Hedvig Hungarian Edvige, Edda Italian Jadvyga Lithuanian Hedvig, Hedda Norwegian Jadwiga, Iga, Jadzia Polish Hedviga Slovak Hedvika Slovene Hedvig, Hedda Swedish

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