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HEDWIG is the name of Harry's pet owl in the popular book series "Harry Potter" by J. K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowlings.
-- AndrewJKD  4/5/2005
"Hedwig" was the name of a medieval saint, and that is where J.K. Rowling got the name.
-- websurfer  3/14/2006
It would have NEVER dawned on me as a German name. I am rather fond of German names because they're interesting and I have German heritage.
-- Tbird  8/4/2005
"Hedwig" could also derive from the Germanic words "hede" = "heathen" and "wig" ("war", as already mentioned).
-- Paganqueen  10/1/2005
Hedwig is pronounced as HEDD-vig (no English W-sound, since "W" is pronounced as "V" in German and Scandinavian languages).
-- Ylva  11/2/2005
My Grandma told me one day that she was going to be called Hedwig because she's part German. I really like the name. It's pretty and feminine but in a unique way.
-- bschoer10  4/21/2006
Hedwig and the Angry Inch anyone? The name of a partial-transsexual in this fantastic musical.
-- Larissa_Evans  5/5/2006
One of the original Trapp family singers founded in 1936.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2006
Hedwig von Trapp (born 1917) was the third daughter in the famous von Trapp family, whose story was immortalised in the musical "The Sound of Music". She is represented in the movie by the character Brigitta.
-- Chrisell  7/26/2006
This name is like something to do with hairdressers when you think about it.
-- Anonymous User  6/19/2006
Unpopular name in Germany today. It is considered old fashioned.
-- JHK  9/3/2006
I can't separate the name from Harry Potter's owl. Even knowing historic figures with the same name, my mind still strongly connects Hedwig as only ever Harry's snowy owl. Which I guess is what happens when you grow up reading Harry Potter!
-- Irish Pearl  1/3/2007
I love, love, love, this name! I don't really know why. But it's going to be my daughter's middle name.
-- hprocks25  4/29/2007
I don't think it's HED-vikh. I think it's just HED-vig because the kh sound is spelled ch in Germany and I dunno, I guess it just seems unlikely that they'd have two.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2007
In some dialects of German, the letter g is pronounced as "kh" at the end of a word. However, generally this name would be pronounced HED-vig.
-- Anonymous User  7/11/2007
Listen to the German pronunciation of Hedwig here:
-- _satu_  1/17/2008
This is also the first name of the stunning Austrian-born American actress Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, 1913-2000). Her most famous role was as Delilah in Cecil B DeMille's biblical epic, Samson and Delilah.
-- JJSkeete  9/12/2010
I love this so much! But "head-wig"... I dunno :/
-- Liesl  12/19/2010
Hedwig was the daughter of the first Holy Roman Emperor of the Habsburg family Rudolph I and his wife Gertrud of Hohenburg.
-- CarolinW  6/11/2012
Hedwig (1445-1511) was the daughter of Frederick II, Elector of Saxony and his wife Margarete of Austria.
-- CarolinW  7/15/2012
Hedwig (1626-1678) was the daughter of King Christian IV of Denmark and his second wife Kirsten. She has a twinsister named Christiane.
-- CarolinW  7/18/2012
Hedwig (1623-1683) was the daughter of George William, Elector of Brandenburg and his wife Elisabeth.
-- CarolinW  7/20/2012
Hedwig (1581-1641) was the son of King Frederik II of Denmark and his wife Sophie.
-- CarolinW  7/22/2012
I love the name Hedwig….. it's my middle name and I like it because it's different (my other names are very common right now). I was named after my great-grandmother and I love how it's so strong. Hedwig is a nice part of me that I can call up when I feel like I need strength and it's a deep part of my identity.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2014
Hedwig was the name of Harry's snowy owl in Harry Potter. She was a gift given to Harry by Hagrid on his 11th birthday. She lived until 6th book, where she was tragically killed on July 27th, 1999 by a Death Eater in the Battle of the Seven Potters.
-- JensenTheMental  10/26/2015
I'm pretty sure the battle of seven Potters was in the beginning of the seventh book, not the sixth. In the sixth book he spent time with Dumbledore to help recruit Professor Slughorn.
-- corneliusduke  11/9/2015

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