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Contributor Contrib.Aimy on 7/2/2008
From the name of the day of the week, which ultimately derives from Old English wodnesdæg, composed of the elements wōdnes, the genitive of WODEN, and dæg "day". This is also an African American name (as with all the other weekdays). Naming children after the day they were born is common in some African cultures, notably Akan. Early slaves in America continued the day-naming practice with the English equivalents. It was used by cartoonist Charles Addams for his character Wednesday Addams, inspired by the popular nursery rhyme line Wednesday's child is full of woe.