Old High German hadu 'battle' + Old Saxon, Old English wig, Old High German wīc 'war, battle'.
The name of a 13th C Silesian saint and a 14th C Polish saint who was also queen of Poland.
The name was primarily used in Germany and Eastern Europe, though a few early examples in France can be found.
- Czech Republic
- ● 1349 Hedwika (nom) chlumecky 47;
1350 Hedwigi (dat) ibid. 175;
1351 Hedwyca (nom) ibid. 28;
1353 Heduigy (dat) ibid. 46, p. 23;
1356 Hedwice (dat) ibid. 136
- ◑ 1355 Hetwycze (dat) chlumecky 65
Cite as: J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Hedwig". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Hedwig.