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what is Winnie short for?

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whatsallthefuss Thu 22-Mar-12 09:39:30

I heard it in the park the other day and thought it was lovely, but wondered what it could be short for.

Floggingmolly Thu 22-Mar-12 09:40:55


MarjorieAntrobus Thu 22-Mar-12 09:42:59

Or Winston, if a boy.

<trying to stretch this thread a bit!>

ViolaCrayola Thu 22-Mar-12 09:56:16

I LOVE Winnie. But not very keen on Winifred.

PotteringAlong Thu 22-Mar-12 09:58:25

Isn't Bruce Foresyth's wife called Winella?

MorningHasBroken Thu 22-Mar-12 10:03:08

Lots of Welsh names also end in 'wyn' or 'wen'; Bronwyn/Blodwyn/Tegwen etc

Bluestocking Thu 22-Mar-12 10:16:41

I would think Winifred or Guinevere?

Stellan Thu 22-Mar-12 10:33:40

Winifred is the obvious candidate but maybe Winona, Winter, Edwina, Gwyneth or, at a stretch, Gwendolyn, Wilhelmina or Whitney? Apparently Winnie-the-Pooh's namesake was Winnipeg.

Use Bronwen not Bronwyn (i.e. -wen, not -wyn endings for girls' names) though!

Winnie is enough of a name to standalone, in my opinion.

DoubleGlazing Thu 22-Mar-12 10:43:11


DharmaBumpkin Thu 22-Mar-12 11:04:28

The Pooh, of course

<shoots self & exits thread quietly>

othersideofchannel Thu 22-Mar-12 11:05:48


othersideofchannel Thu 22-Mar-12 11:06:19

Winfred/Winifred are boys names, aren't they?

DharmaBumpkin Thu 22-Mar-12 11:09:42

And even then I wasn't the first.

Aside: Winnie the Pooh was named after a bear who was named after the town, Winnipeg, so it's not that Winnipeg was a person's name.

squoosh Thu 22-Mar-12 11:18:14

It's short for 'Wince When I Hear Such a Fugly Name'.

Such a brown name I think.

Don't do it!!!!!!!!!

Puremince Thu 22-Mar-12 20:20:39

My Aunt Winnie was Williamina.

ellangirl Thu 22-Mar-12 20:41:06

The only one I know is short for Anwyn

kgirl Thu 22-Mar-12 22:45:27

My dd nickname is Winnie. Her name is Quinn.

SodoffBaldrick Fri 23-Mar-12 01:14:12

OtherSide - Wilfred is a boy's name. Winifred is a girl's name.

I had a great aunt Winnie (Winifred), though she died well before I was born.

It's no better or worse that all the other old lady names - far nicer than Florence and Beatrice, IMO. I bet it will be in the next 'round' of old lady names, as people move on from the more cutesy ones, looking for something more substantial.

bobbledunk Fri 23-Mar-12 01:22:36

Horrible name.

smokeandglitter Fri 23-Mar-12 01:41:49

Such a cute name.

Short for Winter too smile Or Winsome. I also knew a Bronwyn who became known as 'Winny'.

SkiBumMum Fri 23-Mar-12 04:17:31

The witch

tunaday Fri 23-Mar-12 09:45:47

The only Winnie I know is 96. Short for Winifred. She has always detested the name and as soon as she could used her middle name of Louise. I couldnt imagine her called 'Winifred' and to be honest couldnt imagine anyone else called that!

cheltmum Fri 23-Mar-12 15:14:16

The Winnie I know is short for Juanita. (Personally, I prefer Juanita....)

LucyManga Fri 23-Mar-12 16:04:13

I know a Winnie who is Arwen

weegiemum Fri 23-Mar-12 17:11:19

Gosh imagine having a gorgeous name like Arwen and using Winnie !

The only Winnie I ever knew was a nice old dear who worked in my Gran's shop who liked to take her falsies out to drink her tea!

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