Feminine Names

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VALÉRIA f Portuguese, Hungarian, Slovak
Portuguese, Hungarian and Slovak form of VALERIA.
VALÈRIA f Catalan
Catalan form of VALERIA.
VALERIA f Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of VALERIUS. This was the name of a 2nd-century Roman saint and martyr.
VALERIANA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of Valerianus (see VALERIAN).
VALÉRIANE f French
French form of Valeriana (see VALERIANA).
VALÉRIE f French, Czech
French and Czech form of VALERIA.
VALERIE f English, German, Czech
English and German form of VALERIA and Czech variant of VALÉRIE.
VALĒRIJA f Latvian
Latvian form of VALERIA.
VALERIJA f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Lithuanian
Form of VALERIA in several languages.
VALERIYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian feminine form of VALERIUS.
VALERYIA f Belarusian
Belarusian feminine form of VALERIUS.
VALESKA f German
Diminutive of VALERIA.
VALIANTSINA f Belarusian
Belarusian form of VALENTINA.
VALKYRIE f Various
Means "chooser of the slain", derived from Old Norse valr "the slain" and kyrja "chooser". In Norse myth the Valkyries were maidens who led heroes killed in battle to Valhalla.
VALLI f Hinduism
Means "creeping plant" in Dravidian. In Dravidian mythology the goddess Valli was the wife of Murunga.
VALORA f Esperanto
Means "valuable" in Esperanto.
VALORIE f English
Variant of VALERIE.
VALPURI f Finnish
Finnish form of WALBURGA.
VALQUÍRIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of VALKYRIE.
VÂN f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (vân) meaning "cloud".
VANA f Macedonian
Short form of IVANA or JOVANA.
VANAMO f Finnish
Means "twinflower" in Finnish.
VANDA f Portuguese, Italian, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian
Form of WANDA in several languages.
VANESA f Spanish, Czech, Slovak
Spanish, Czech and Slovak form of VANESSA.
VANESSA f English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch
Invented by author Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa (1726). He arrived at it by rearranging the initial syllables of the first name and surname of Esther Vanhomrigh, his close friend. Vanessa was later used as the name of a genus of butterfly. It was a rare given name until the mid-20th century, at which point it became fairly popular.
VANESSZA f Hungarian
Hungarian form of VANESSA.
VANJA m & f Croatian, Serbian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Croatian and Serbian (masculine and feminine) form of VANYA. It is also used in Scandinavia, where it is primarily feminine.
VANNA (1) f Italian
Short form of GIOVANNA.
VANNA (2) f & m Khmer
Means "golden" in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit.
VAPPU f Finnish
Diminutive of VALPURI.
VARDA f Hebrew
Diminutive of VERED.
VARDAH f Hebrew
Alternate transcription of Hebrew וַרְדָה (see VARDA).
VARDO f Georgian
Derived from Georgian ვარდი (vardi) meaning "rose", ultimately from Persian via Armenian.
VARDUHI f Armenian
Means "rose lady" in Armenian.
VARPU f Finnish
From the Finnish name for a type of berry bush.
VARSHA f Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil
Means "rain" in Sanskrit.
VARTOUHI f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Վարդուհի (see VARDUHI).
VARVARA f Russian, Greek, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Russian, Greek, Bulgarian and Macedonian form of BARBARA.
VARYA f Russian
Diminutive of VARVARA.
VASA f Macedonian
Short form of VASILIJA.
VASANTI f Indian, Marathi
Feminine form of VASANTA.
VASHTI f Biblical
Possibly means "thread" in Hebrew, but it is most likely of Persian origin. In the Old Testament this is the name of the first wife of King Ahasuerus of Persia before he marries Esther.
VASIA f Greek
Diminutive of VASILIKI.
VASILICA f Romanian
Feminine form of VASILE.
VASILIJA f Serbian, Macedonian
Serbian and Macedonian feminine form of BASIL (1).
VASILIKI f Greek
Modern Greek feminine form of BASIL (1).
VASILISA f Russian
Russian feminine form of BASIL (1).
VASILKA f Bulgarian, Macedonian
Bulgarian and Macedonian feminine diminutive of BASIL (1).
VASKA m & f Russian, Macedonian, Bulgarian
Russian diminutive of VASILIY (masculine) or a Macedonian and Bulgarian diminutive of VASILIJA (feminine).
VASO (2) f Greek
Diminutive of VASILIKI.
VASSILIKI f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Βασιλικη (see VASILIKI).
VASSO f Greek
Alternate transcription of Greek Βασω (see VASO (2)).
VASUDA f Indian, Hindi (Rare)
Means "granting wealth" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the earth.
VASUDHA f Indian, Hindi
Means "producer of wealth" in Sanskrit, used to refer to the earth.
VASUNDHARA f Indian, Hindi, Telugu
Means "possessor of wealth" in Sanskrit, used to refer to the earth.
VASYLYNA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian feminine form of BASIL (1).
VEASNA m & f Khmer
Means "opportunity, good fortune, fate" in Khmer.
VECA f Serbian
Diminutive of VESNA.
VEDA f Indian, Telugu, Kannada
Means "knowledge" in Sanskrit.
VEDRANA f Croatian, Serbian
Feminine form of VEDRAN.
VEER f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of VERA (1).
VEERA f Finnish
Finnish form of VERA (1).
VEERKE f Dutch, Limburgish
Diminutive of VEER.
VEERLE f Dutch
Dutch form of PHARAILDIS.
VEGA f Astronomy
The name of a star in the constellation Lyra. Its name is from Arabic الواقع (al-Waqi') meaning "the swooping (eagle)".
VELDA f English
Meaning unknown, possibly a derivative of the Germanic element wald meaning "power, rule".
VELIA f Italian
From the Roman family name Velius, which possibly means "concealed" in Latin.
VELLAMO f Finnish Mythology
From Finnish velloa "to surge, to swell". This was the name of a Finnish goddess of the sea, the wife of Ahti.
VELMA f English
Probably a variant of WILMA, the spelling with an e perhaps due to the influence of SELMA (1). This name has been in use since the 19th century.
VELVELA f Yiddish (Rare)
Feminine form of VELVEL.
VELVET f English
From the English word for the soft fabric. It became used as a given name after the main character in Enid Bagnold's book National Velvet (1935) and the movie (1944) and television (1960) adaptations.
VĚNCESLAVA f Czech
Feminine form of VĚNCESLAV.
VENDELA f Swedish
Swedish feminine form of WENDEL.
VENDULA f Czech
Diminutive of VÁCLAVA.
VENDULKA f Czech
Diminutive of VENDULA.
VENERA f Russian, Bulgarian, Albanian
Russian, Bulgarian and Albanian form of VENUS.
VENETIA f English
Originally this was probably a Latinized form of GWYNEDD or GWYNETH. It also coincides with the name of the city in Italy, called Venice in English. This name was borne by the celebrated beauty Venetia Stanley (1600-1633). Benjamin Disraeli used it in his novel entitled Venetia (1837).
VENKA f Esperanto
Means "victorious" in Esperanto.
VENLA f Finnish
Finnish feminine form of WENDEL.
VÉNUS f Roman Mythology (French, Portuguese)
French and European Portuguese form of VENUS.
VÊNUS f Roman Mythology (Portuguese)
Brazilian Portuguese form of VENUS.
VENUS f Roman Mythology
Means "love, sexual desire" in Latin. This was the name of the Roman goddess of love and sex. Her character was assimilated with that of the Greek goddess Aphrodite. As the mother of Aeneas she was considered an ancestor of the Roman people. The second planet from the sun is named after her.
VENUŠE f Czech
Czech form of VENUS.
VĚRA f Czech
Czech form of VERA (1).
VERA (1) f Russian, English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Belarusian, Georgian
Means "faith" in Russian, though it is sometimes associated with the Latin word verus "true". It has been in general use in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century.
VERA (2) f Albanian
Derived from Albanian verë meaning "summer".
VERBENA f Various
From the name of the verbena plant, which is derived from Latin verbena meaning "leaves, twigs".
VERDANDI f Norse Mythology
From Old Norse Verðandi meaning "becoming, happening". Verdandi was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse mythology. She was responsible for the present.
VERED f Hebrew
Means "rose" in Hebrew.
VERENA f German, Late Roman
Possibly related to Latin verus "true". This might also be a Coptic form of the Ptolemaic name BERENICE. Saint Verena was a 3rd-century Egyptian-born nurse who went with the Theban Legion to Switzerland. After the legion was massacred she settled near Zurich.
VÉRÈNE f French (Rare)
French form of VERENA.
VERICA f Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian diminutive of VERA (1).
VERIKO f Georgian
Georgian diminutive of VERA (1).
VERITY f English
From the English word meaning "verity, truth". This was one of the virtue names adopted by the Puritans in the 17th century.
VERNA f English
Feminine form of VERNON, sometimes associated with the Latin word vernus "spring". It has been in use since the 19th century.
VEROCHKA f Russian
Russian diminutive of VERA (1).
VERONA f Various
From the name of the city in Italy, which is itself of unknown meaning.
VERÓNICA f Spanish
Spanish form of VERONICA.
VERÔNICA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of VERONICA.
VERONICA f English, Italian, Romanian, Late Roman
Latin alteration of BERENICE, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning "true image". This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus' face with a towel and then found his image imprinted upon it. Due to popular stories about her, the name was occasionally used in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani. As an English name, it was not common until the 19th century, when it was imported from France and Scotland.
VÉRONIQUE f French
French form of VERONICA.
VERUSHA f Russian
Russian diminutive of VERA (1).
VESA (2) f Albanian
From Albanian vesë meaning "dew".
VESELA f Bulgarian
Derived from South Slavic vesel meaning "cheerful".
VESLEMØY f Norwegian
Means "little girl" from Norwegian vesle "little" and møy "girl". This name was created by Norwegian writer Arne Garborg for the main character in his poem Haugtussa (1895).
VESNA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Means "messenger" in Slavic. This was the name of a Slavic spirit associated with the springtime. In many Slavic languages this is now the poetic word for "spring". It has been used as a given name only since the 20th century.
VESPERA f Esperanto
Means "of the evening" in Esperanto.
VESTA f Roman Mythology
Probably a Roman cognate of HESTIA. Vesta was the Roman goddess of the hearth. A continuous fire, tended by the Vestal Virgins, was burned in the Temple of Vesta in Rome.
VETA f Macedonian
Short form of ELISAVETA.
VEVA f English
Possibly a diminutive of GENEVIEVE.
VI f English
Short form of VIOLET.
VIANNE f English (Rare)
Meaning unknown, perhaps a combination of VI and ANNE (1) or a short form of VIVIANNE.
VIATRIX f Late Roman
Earlier form of BEATRIX.
VIBEKE f Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of WIEBKE.
VIBIANA f Ancient Roman
Feminine form of VIBIANUS.
VIC m & f English
Short form of VICTOR or VICTORIA.
VICENTA f Spanish
Spanish feminine form of VINCENT.
VICKI f English
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
VICKIE f English
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
VICKY f English
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
VICTOIRE f French
French form of VICTORIA.
VICTÒRIA f Catalan
Catalan form of VICTORIA.
VICTORIA f English, Spanish, Romanian, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Late Roman, Roman Mythology
Means "victory" in Latin, being borne by the Roman goddess of victory. It is also a feminine form of VICTORIUS. This name was borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from North Africa.... [more]
VICTORINA f Late Roman
Feminine form of VICTORINUS.
VICTORINE f French
French feminine form of VICTORINUS.
VIDA (2) f Slovene
Slovene feminine form of WIDO or VITUS.
VIDA (3) f Persian
Means "visible" in Persian.
VIDYA f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil
Means "knowledge, science, learning" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Saraswati.
VIENNE f French (Rare)
From the French name of the capital city of Austria, known in English as Vienna.
VIENO f & m Finnish (Rare)
Means "gentle" in Finnish.
VIERA f Slovak, Belarusian
Slovak form of VERA (1), as well as an alternate transcription of Belarusian Вера (see VERA (1)).
VÍGDÍS f Ancient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements víg "war" and dís "goddess".
VIGDÍS f Icelandic
Icelandic form of VÍGDÍS.
VIGDIS f Norwegian
Norwegian form of VÍGDÍS.
VIGGA f Danish
Feminine form of VIGGO.
VIIVI f Finnish
Finnish form of VIVIANA.
VIJAYA m & f Hinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi
Means "victory" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form विजय and the feminine form विजया, both of which are used frequently in Hindu texts. It is the name of a grandson of Indra, a son of Krishna and it is another name of the goddess Durga. This was also the name of a semi-legendary 6th-century BC king of Sri Lanka.
VIKKI f English
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
VIKTÓRIA f Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of VICTORIA.
VIKTORIA f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
German and Scandinavian variant of VICTORIA. It is also an alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Виктория or Ukrainian Вікторія (see VIKTORIYA).
VIKTORIE f Czech
Czech form of VICTORIA.
VIKTORIYA f Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of VICTORIA.
VIKTORYIA f Belarusian
Belarusian form of VICTORIA.
VILDE f Norwegian
Short form of ALVILDE.
VILHELMIINA f Finnish
Finnish feminine form of WILLIAM.
VILHELMINA f Swedish (Rare), Lithuanian (Rare)
Swedish and Lithuanian feminine form of WILLIAM.
VILJA f Finnish
Possibly from the Finnish word vilja meaning "cereal, grain" or the Swedish word vilja meaning "will, intent".
VILMANTĖ f Lithuanian
Feminine form of VILMANTAS.
VILTĖ f Lithuanian
Short form of VILTAUTĖ.
VIMALA f Tamil
Feminine form of VIMAL.
VINA f Indonesian
From Sanskrit वीणा (Vina) meaning "lute".
VINCENZA f Italian
Italian feminine form of VINCENT.
VINH m & f Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (vinh) meaning "glory".
VINKA f Croatian
Croatian feminine form of VINCENT.
VINNIE m & f English
Diminutive of VINCENT or other names containing vin.
VIOLA f English, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Czech
Means "violet" in Latin. This was the name of the heroine in Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night (1602).
VIOLET f English
From the English word violet for the purple flower, ultimately derived from Latin viola. It was common in Scotland from the 16th century, and it came into general use as an English given name during the 19th century.
VIOLETA f Romanian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbian, Lithuanian
Form of VIOLET in several languages.
VIOLETTA f Italian, Russian, Hungarian
Italian, Russian and Hungarian form of VIOLET.
VIOLETTE f French
French form of VIOLET.
VIONA f English (Rare)
Possibly a variant of FIONA influenced by VIOLA.
VIORICA f Romanian
Derived from Romanian viorea (see VIOREL).
VIRA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of VERA (1).
VIRÁG f Hungarian
Means "flower" in Hungarian.
VIRGEE f English
Diminutive of VIRGINIA.
VIRGIE f English
Diminutive of VIRGINIA.
VIRGINIA f English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman family name Verginius or Virginius, which is of unknown meaning, but long associated with Latin virgo "maid, virgin". According to a legend, it was the name of a Roman woman killed by her father so as to save her from the clutches of a crooked official.... [more]
VIRGINIE f French
French form of VIRGINIA.
VIRVA f Finnish
Possibly derived from Finnish virvatuli meaning "will o' the wisp". In folklore, will o' the wisp is a floating ball of light that appears over water.
VISITACIÓN f Spanish
Means "visitation" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth.
VIŠNJA f Croatian, Serbian
Means "sour cherry" in Croatian and Serbian.
VISSENTA f Sardinian
Sardinian feminine form of VINCENT.
VITALIA f Italian (Rare)
Feminine form of VITALE.
VITALIJA f Lithuanian
Lithuanian feminine form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VITALIYA f Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian feminine form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VITÓRIA f Portuguese
Portuguese form of VICTORIA.
VITTORIA f Italian
Italian form of VICTORIA.
VIVEKA f Swedish
Swedish form of WIEBKE.
VIVI f Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
Scandinavian diminutive of names beginning with Vi, as well as OLIVIA and SOFIA.
VIVIAN m & f English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Latin name Vivianus, which was derived from Latin vivus "alive". Saint Vivian was a French bishop who provided protection during the Visigoth invasion of the 5th century. It has been occasionally used as an English (masculine) name since the Middle Ages. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name, in which case it is either an Anglicized form of BÉBINN or a variant of VIVIEN (2).
VIVIANA f Italian, Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of Vivianus (see VIVIAN). Saint Viviana (also known as Bibiana) was a Roman saint and martyr of the 4th century.
VIVIANE f French
French form of VIVIANA. It is also the French form of VIVIEN (2).
VIVIANNE f French
Variant of VIVIANE.
VIVIEN (2) f Literature, Hungarian
Used by Alfred Lord Tennyson as the name of the Lady of the Lake in his Arthurian epic Idylls of the King (1859). Tennyson may have based it on VIVIENNE, but it possibly arose as a misreading of NINIAN. A famous bearer was British actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), who played Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.
VIVIENNE f French
French form of VIVIANA.
VIVIETTE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of VIVIENNE. William John Locke used this name for the title character in his novel Viviette (1910).
VIYAN f Kurdish
Means "desire" in Kurdish.
VJEKOSLAVA f Croatian
Feminine form of VJEKOSLAV.
VJERA f Croatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian cognate of VERA (1).
VLADIMÍRA f Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of VLADIMIRA.
VLADIMIRA f Slovene, Croatian
Feminine form of VLADIMIR.
VLADISLAVA f Russian, Czech
Feminine form of VLADISLAV.
VLADYSLAVA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian feminine form of VLADISLAV.
VLASTA f Czech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names beginning with the Slavic element vlasti "rule, sovereignty" (the descendant word vlast means "homeland" in modern Czech).
VLASTIMILA f Czech
Feminine form of VLASTIMIL.
VLATKA f Croatian
Diminutive of VLADIMIRA.
VOIRREY f Manx
Vocative form of MOIRREY.
VOLHA f Belarusian
Belarusian form of OLGA.
VONDA f English
Variant of WANDA, reflecting the Polish pronunciation.
VOSGI f & m Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Ոսկի (see VOSKI).
VOSKI f & m Armenian
Means "gold" in Armenian.
VOULA f Greek
Diminutive of PARASKEVI.
VRENI f German (Rare)
Diminutive of VERENA.
VUOKKO f Finnish
Means "anemone flower" in Finnish.
VÜSALA f Azerbaijani
Alternate transcription of Azerbaijani VÜSALƏ.
VÜSALƏ f Azerbaijani
Feminine form of VÜSAL.
VYARA f Bulgarian
Bulgarian form of VERA (1).
VYTAUTĖ f Lithuanian
Feminine form of VYTAUTAS.
WACŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of WACŁAW.
WAFIYA f Arabic
Feminine form of WAFI.
WAHEEDA f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic وحيدة (see WAHIDA).
WAHIDA f Arabic
Feminine form of WAHID.
WAIMARIE f Maori
Means "good luck" in Maori.
WAIRIMU f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu irimũ meaning "ogre, giant". In the Kikuyu origin legend Wairimu is of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi.
WAKANA f Japanese
From Japanese (wa) meaning "harmony" and (kana) meaning "play music, complete", as well as other combinations of kanji that are pronounced the same way.
WALBURGA f German
Means "ruler of the fortress" from the Germanic elements wald "power, leader, ruler" and burg "fortress". This was the name of an 8th-century saint from England who did missionary work in Germany.
WALDEBURG f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WALBURGA.
WALDEDRUDIS f Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WALTRAUD.
WALENTYNA f Polish
Polish form of VALENTINA.
WALERIA f Polish
Polish form of VALERIA.
WALLIS m & f English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of WALLACE. Wallis Simpson (1895-1986) was the divorced woman whom Edward VIII married, which forced him to abdicate the British throne.
WALTRAUD f German
From the Germanic element wald "power, ruler" or walha "foreign" combined with thrud "strength".
WALTRAUT f German
Variant of WALTRAUD.
WAMBUI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Means "zebra" in Kikuyu. This is one of Mumbi's nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.
WANANGWA m & f Southern African, Tumbuka
Means "freedom" in Tumbuka.
WANDA f Polish, English, German, French
Possibly from a Germanic name meaning "a Wend", referring to the Slavic people who inhabited eastern Germany. In Polish legends this was the name of the daughter of King Krak, the legendary founder of Krakow. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by the author Ouida, who used it for the heroine in her novel Wanda (1883).
WANGARI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu ngarĩ meaning "leopard". In the Kikuyu origin legend this is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi.
WANGCHUK m & f Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "mighty" in Tibetan, from དབང (dbang) meaning "power" and ཕྱུག (phyug) meaning "wealthy, possessing". This is the Tibetan name for the god Shiva.
WANGI f Indonesian, Malay
Means "fragrant" in Malay and Indonesian.
WANGUI f Eastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu ngũi meaning "song leader". This is one of Mumbi's nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.
WANJIKU f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Meaning unknown. This is one of Mumbi's nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.
WANJIRU f Eastern African, Kikuyu
Possibly from Kikuyu njĩra meaning "way, path". In the Kikuyu origin legend this is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi.
WASHTI f Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of VASHTI.
WASSA f Anglo-Saxon
Meaning uncertain. It may be a short form of a longer name such as Wāðsige, composed of the elements wāð "hunt" and sige "victory".
WASYLYNA f Ukrainian
Alternate transcription of Ukrainian Василина (see VASYLYNA).
WATI f Indonesian, Malay
From a suffix meaning "woman" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit.
WATTANA f & m Thai
Means "development" in Thai.
WAYAN m & f Indonesian, Balinese
From Balinese wayah meaning "old, mature", ultimately from Sanskrit वयस् (vayas) meaning "energy, strength, age". This name is traditionally given to the first-born child.
WEDAD f Arabic
Alternate transcription of Arabic وداد (see WIDAD).
WEI m & f Chinese
From Chinese (wēi) meaning "power, pomp", (wēi) meaning "high, lofty, towering" or (wěi) meaning "great, robust, extraordinary". As a feminine name it can come from (wēi) meaning "small" or (wēi) meaning "fern". This name can be formed by other Chinese characters besides those shown here.
WEN m & f Chinese
From Chinese (wén) meaning "literature, culture, writing", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
WENCHE f Norwegian
Norwegian variant of WENKE. A famous bearer is the Norwegian singer Wenche Myhre (1947-), known as Wencke in some countries so as to avoid pronunciation confusion.
WENDI f English
Variant of WENDY.
WENDY f English
In the case of the character from J. M. Barrie's play Peter Pan (1904), it was created from the nickname fwendy "friend", given to the author by a young friend. However, the name was used prior to the play (rarely), in which case it could be related to the Welsh name GWENDOLEN and other names beginning with the element gwen meaning "white, fair, blessed". The name only became common after Barrie's play ran.
WENKE f Low German
Low German diminutive of Germanic names containing the element win meaning "friend".
WENONAH f Literature
Variant of WINONA. This spelling of the name was used by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow for the mother of Hiawatha in his epic poem The Song of Hiawatha (1855).
WERA f Polish
Polish form of VERA (1) or a short form of WERONIKA.
WERKNESH f Eastern African, Amharic
Alternate transcription of Amharic ወርቅነሽ (see WORKNESH).
WERONIKA f Polish, Sorbian
Polish and Sorbian form of VERONICA.
WHETŪ f Maori
Means "star" in Maori.
WHITNEY f & m English
From a surname that was originally derived from a place name meaning "white island" in Old English. Its popular use as a feminine name was initiated by actress Whitney Blake (1925-2002) in the 1960s, and further boosted in the 1980s by singer Whitney Houston (1963-2012).
WIBKE f German
Feminine form of WIEBE.
WIDAD f Arabic
Means "love" in Arabic.
WIDYA f Indonesian
Indonesian form of VIDYA.
WIEBKE f Frisian, German
Feminine form of WIEBE.
WIESŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of WIELISŁAW.
WIGBURG f Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements wig "war" and burg "fortress".
WIKOLIA f Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of VICTORIA.
WIKTORIA f Polish
Polish form of VICTORIA.
WIL m & f English, Dutch
Short form of WILLIAM and other names beginning with Wil.
WILBURG f Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wil "will, desire" and burg "fortress".
WILDA f English
Meaning unknown, perhaps from a German surname, or perhaps from the English word wild. It has been in use since the 19th century.
WILFREDA f English (Rare)
Feminine form of WILFRED.
WILHELMINA f Dutch, German, English
Dutch and German feminine form of WILHELM. This name was borne by a queen of the Netherlands (1880-1962).
WILHELMINE f German
German feminine form of WILHELM.
WILLA f English
Feminine form of WILLIAM.
WILLEMIJN f Dutch
Feminine form of WILLEM.
WILLEMINA f Dutch
Feminine form of WILLEM.
WILLIE m & f English
Masculine or feminine diminutive of WILLIAM. A notable bearer is the retired American baseball player Willie Mays (1931-).
WILLOW f English (Modern)
From the name of the tree, which is ultimately derived from Old English welig.
WILLY m & f English, German, Dutch
Diminutive of WILLIAM, WILHELM or WILLEM. It is both masculine and feminine in Dutch.
WILMA f German, Dutch, English
Short form of WILHELMINA. German settlers introduced it to America in the 19th century.
WILMOT m & f Medieval English
Medieval diminutive and feminine form of WILLIAM.
WINA f Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element win meaning "friend".
WINDSOR m & f English (Rare)
From an English surname that was from a place name meaning "riverbank with a windlass" in Old English (a windlass is a lifting apparatus). This has been the surname of the royal family of the United Kingdom since 1917.
WINIFRED f Welsh, English
Anglicized form of GWENFREWI, the spelling altered by association with WINFRED. It became used in England in the 16th century.
WINNIE f English
Diminutive of WINIFRED. Winnie-the-Pooh, a stuffed bear in the children's books by A. A. Milne, was named after a real bear named Winnipeg who lived at the London Zoo.
WINONA f English, Native American, Sioux
Means "firstborn daughter" in Dakota. This was the name of the daughter of the 19th-century Dakota chief Wapasha III.
WINTER f English (Modern)
From the English word for the season, derived from Old English winter.
WIOLA f Polish
Polish form of VIOLA.
WIOLETA f Polish
Polish form of VIOLET.
WIOLETTA f Polish
Polish form of VIOLET.
WISDOM f & m English (Rare)
Simply from the English word, a derivative of Old English wis "wise".
WISŁAWA f Polish
Feminine form of WIELISŁAW.
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