|Meaning:||contention, war, pleasant, contagious laugh|
|Related Names:||Hed, Hedda, Hedviga, Hedy|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Hedwig is a German feminine name believed to be derived from hadu for contention and wig for war. Counter to this more aggressive definition was “The Blessed Hedwig” or Hadwigis – a Benedictine abbess of Hereford in Westphalia and Queen Hedwig of Poland, the daughter of King Louis I of Hungary. The latter was a devout Christian who promoted Christianity throughout Lithuania. 
According to the Social Security Administration, Hedwig is not in the top 1000 names for any year of birth since 1926. Its more familiar form, Hedy, was not in the top 1000 names for any year since 1947. Although German, Hedwig seems not to have suffered the distinct anti-German sentiments experienced by other names (including place names) during World War I. Hedwig ranked 746 in 1907 and actually moved up in popularity during the teens and very early 1920s in the 500s and 600s. It experienced a rather precipitous slide by 1925 and after ranking 824 in 1926, it vanished. Hedy only ranked in the top 1000 names seven times in the last century: from 928 in 1939 to a high of 696 in 1941 to 907 in 1947 – its last year in the rankings.
- There are at least two St. Hedwigs in the Catholic Church. One is Saint Hedwig of Andechs (1174-1243) who was also the Duchess of Silesia and canonized in 1267. Silesia is a region now in Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. The other St. Hedwig is Saint Hedwig (Jadwiga) (1373-1399). She was the Queen of Poland and was canonized 1997. 
- Hedwig is also the name of the white owl familiar and pet of Harry Potter in the books series written by J. K. Rowling.
- Hedwig Village, TX Population (1990): 2616
- Saint Hedwig, TX Zip code(s): 78152
- St. Hedwig, TX Population (1990): 1443 
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch: "An anatomically incorrect rock odyssey." 2001 film.
- Johann or Johannes Hedwig (surname)(1730 – 1799) was a German botanist famous for his study of mosses 
- Hedy Lamarr (1913 – 2000) born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler was an American movie actress originally born in what was the Austrian Empire. During the height of her career, she was considered to be the most beautiful woman in the world. A diverse, intelligent and talented woman, “In 1936 Hedy Lamarr became the first woman to grace the silver screen in a feature film wearing nothing but her birthday suit. Five years later, at a Hollywood dinner party, she engaged in a passionate discussion with an avant-garde composer about protecting U.S. radio-guided torpedoes from enemy interference.” 
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Author: Mike Szimanski
|Meaning||contention, war, pleasant, contagious laugh +|
|Meaningnc||contention, war, pleasant, contagious laugh +|
|Origin||German +, and Polish +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Hed +, Hedda +, Hedviga +, and Hedy +|