Wendy is a given name generally given to females in English-speaking countries.
The name is found in United States records from the 19th century; the name Wendy appeared over twenty times in the U.S. Census of 1880. In Britain, Wendy appeared as a name for both females and males in the 1881 census of England, and was occasionally used as a diminutive for the Welsh Gwendolyn. It was also used as a surname in Britain from at least the 17th century. However, its existence in Britain as a girl's name is purely based on the character Wendy Darling from the 1904 play Peter Pan and its 1911 novelization Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie; reaching its peak in the 1960s but has since rapidly declined. The name was inspired by young Margaret Henley, daughter of Barrie's poet friend W. E. Henley. With the common childhood difficulty pronouncing Rs, Margaret reportedly used to call him "my fwiendy-wendy".
The name Wendy is sometimes considered a variation of the (originally Polish) name Wanda.
The name Wendy in Dutch is either of Anglo-Saxon origin or an abbreviation of names such as Wendela (an old-fashioned name which probably means related to the Vandals).
Chinese women with the same or similar-sounding characters as their given names often anglicise their names as Wendi or Wendy (e.g. Wendi Deng, Wendy Kweh).
In Germany, after 1986, the name Wendy became popular because it is the name of a magazine (targeted specifically at young girls) about horses and horse riding.
In film, television, and radio
- Wendy Beckett, nun and TV presenter on art history
- Wendy Calio (born 1977), American actress
- Wendy Craig (born 1934), British actress
- Wendy Hiller, English film and stage actress
- Wendy Hurrell (born 1982), British weather presenter
- Wendy Kaufman, television personality and former Snapple spokesperson
- Wendie Malick, born Wendy Malick, American actress and former fashion model
- Wendy Mesley, host and reporter for CBC Television's consumer investigation series Marketplace
- Wendy Richard (1943-2009), British actress
- Wendy Toye (1917-2010), British actress and filmmaker
- Wendy Williams, longtime radio host, media personality and author
In the arts
- Wendy Carlos, American composer
- Wendy Holden (born 1961), British journalist and author
- Wendy Holden (born 1965), British chick-lit novelist
- Wendy James, Transvision Vamp's singer
- Wendy Melvoin, musician and composer and twin sister of Susannah Melvoin
- Wendy Pepper, fashion designer
- Wendy Shon, Korean singer and member of Red Velvet
- Wendy Sulca, Peruvian singer
- Wendy Whelan, New York City Ballet principal dancer
- Wendy O. Williams, stripper turned punk rocker and leader of the Plasmatics
- Wendy Wilson, pop singer and daughter of The Beach Boys singer, Brian Wilson
- Wendy Rose (born May 8, 1948) is a Hopi/Miwok writer.
- Wendy Sharpe( born 1960 ) Australian Artist
- Wendy Darling, in Peter Pan
- Wendy the Good Little Witch, a character in Harvey Comics
- Wendy Harris (Super Friends), in the Super Friends cartoon and comic book
- Wendy O. Koopa, one of Bowser's Koopalings introduced in the video game Super Mario Bros. 3
- The first name of Agent Pleakley, a male alien character from Lilo & Stitch
- Wendy Testaburger, from South Park
- Wendy Winkle, from The Cramp Twins
- Wendy Wu, the titular character of Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
- Wendy, a character in Bob the Builder
- Wendy Corduroy, from Gravity Falls
- Wendy Marvell, from Fairy Tail