HEDWIG
GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: German
PRONOUNCED: HED-vikh   [key]
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.
Related Names
DIMINUTIVE: Hedy
OTHER LANGUAGES: Hadewig (Ancient Germanic), Hedvika (Czech), Hedvig (Danish), Hadewych, Hedy (Dutch), Edwige (French), Edvige, Edda (Italian), Jadvyga (Lithuanian), Hedvig, Hedda (Norwegian), Jadwiga, Iga, Jadzia (Polish), Hedviga (Slovak), Hedvika (Slovene), Hedvig, Hedda (Swedish)
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