Gender Feminine
Usage German, Dutch
Pronounced Pron. HEHT-vikh(German)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From the Old German name Hadewig, derived from the Old German 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

DiminutivesHedy(German) Hedy(Dutch)
Other Languages & CulturesHedvika(Czech) Hedvig(Danish) Hedvig, Helvi, Heta(Finnish) Edwige(French) Hadewig(Germanic) Hedvig, Hédi(Hungarian) Edvige, Edda(Italian) Jadvyga(Lithuanian) Hedvig, Hedda(Norwegian) Jadwiga, Iga, Jadzia, Jaga, Jagienka, Jagna, Jagoda, Jagusia(Polish) Hedviga(Slovak) Hedvika(Slovene) Hedvig, Hedda(Swedish)


People think this name is

classic   mature   formal   upper class   natural   wholesome   strong   refined   strange   complex   serious  

Name Days

Austria: October 16
Germany: October 16


Entry updated December 7, 2022