Although J.M. Barrie did not invent the name “Wendy”, it was he who made it popular in his 1904 book, Peter Pan. Before that, there were not a lot of Wendys in the world, if any. But I did have an ESL student years ago who told me that my name was actually Chinese. Weird. So I did some research on the internet and found that there were a couple of Chinese emporers named “Wen-di”. Very weird.
I’m not even sure why I even started this topic. Oh well, suffer through it.
When I was a kid, I remember thinking that Wendy would be a really unfortunate name for a middle-aged woman. My experience with middle-aged women at the time was limited to those named Anna or Susie or Tina or – and, of course, the more trendy names like Joyce, Marjorie, Marilyn, and Dorothy.
Now I am the middle-aged woman named Wendy, and it’s surprising how many of us there are.
Thank you, J.M. Barrie.
One response to “Some Historical Information”
Chinese hey, well, maybe my call to China is a bit of a family thing…….