Gender Feminine

Meaning & History

Derived from Welsh gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed" combined with another element of uncertain meaning. It could possibly be Welsh ffreu meaning "stream, flow" [1] or the obscure word ffrewi meaning "pacify, quell, reconcile" [2]. This may be the original form of Winifred. In any case, it is the Welsh name for the saint.

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Entry updated January 21, 2022