From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "white field" in Old English.
WHITNEYf & mEnglish
From a surname which 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).
WICKANINNISHmNative American, Nuu-chah-nulth
Possibly means "having no one in front of him in the canoe" in the Nuu-chah-nulth (or Nootka) language. This was the name of a chief of the Clayoquot in the late 18th century, at the time of European contact.
Originally a short form of names beginning with the Germanic element witu
"wood" or wit
"wide". From early times this name has been confused with the Latin name Vitus
Germanic name composed of the elements witu
"wood" and chind
"child". This was the name of an 8th-century Saxon leader who fought against the Franks.
WIELANDmGerman, Germanic Mythology
Meaning uncertain, perhaps a derivative of Germanic wela
meaning "skilled, artful". In Germanic mythology Wieland (called Völundr in Old Norse) was an unequaled smith and craftsman.
Means "bright will", derived from the Germanic elements wil
"will, desire" and beraht
From an English surname which was originally derived from the nickname Wildbor
meaning "wild boar" in Middle English. This name was borne by Wilbur Wright (1867-1912), one half of the Wright brothers, who together invented the first successful airplane. Wright was named after the Methodist minister Wilbur Fisk (1792-1839).
From a surname which was probably originally derived from an unknown place name. The second element corresponds with Old English burne
From a surname which was derived either from a place name meaning "temple clearing" in Old English or from a nickname meaning "wily, tricky" in Middle English.
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "willow ford" in Old English.
Means "desiring peace" from Old English wil
"will, desire" and friþ
"peace". Saint Wilfrid was a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon bishop. The name was rarely used after the Norman conquest, but it was revived in the 19th century.
WILHELMmGerman, Polish, Ancient Germanic
German cognate of WILLIAM
. This was the name of two German emperors. It was also the middle name of several philosophers from Germany: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900), and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716), who was also a notable mathematician.
Latinized form of WILHELM
. This is also the official Dutch form of the name, used on birth certificates but not commonly in daily life.
From an English surname which was originally derived from a diminutive of the given name WILLIAM
Short form of WILLIAM
or other names beginning with Will
. A famous bearer is American actor Will Smith (1968-), whose full name is Willard.
From an English surname which was derived from the Germanic given name WILLIHARD
(or the Old English cognate Wilheard
Dutch form of WILLIAM
. Willem the Silent, Prince of Orange, was the leader of the Dutch revolt against Spain that brought about the independence of the Netherlands. He is considered the founder of the Dutch royal family. In English he is commonly called William of Orange.
From the Germanic name Willahelm
, which was composed of the elements wil
"will, desire" and helm
"helmet, protection". Saint William of Gellone was an 8th-century cousin of Charlemagne
who became a monk. The name was common among the Normans, and it became extremely popular in England after William the Conqueror was recognized as the first Norman king of England in the 11th century. It was later borne by three other English kings, as well as rulers of Scotland, Sicily (of Norman origin), the Netherlands and Prussia.... [more]
WILLIEm & fEnglish
Masculine or feminine diminutive of WILLIAM
. A notable bearer is the retired American baseball player Willie Mays (1931-).
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "willow town" in Old English.
From an English surname meaning "son of WILLIAM
". The surname was borne by Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the American president during World War I.
Short form of WILTON
. This name was borne by basketball player Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999).
From a surname which was derived from the names of several English towns. The town names mean variously "willow town", "well town" or "town on the River Wylye" in Old English. The river name is itself of Celtic origin, possibly meaning "tricky".
WINDSORm & fEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which 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.
Means "friend of peace" from the Old English elements wine
"friend" and friþ
"peace". This was the birth name of the 8th-century missionary Saint Boniface. It became rare after the Norman conquest, though it was revived in the 19th century.
From a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "hill belonging to WINE
". A famous bearer of this name was American painter Winslow Homer (1836-1910).
From a surname derived from an English place name, which was in turn derived from the Old English given name WYNNSTAN
. A famous bearer was Winston Churchill (1874-1965), the British prime minister during World War II. This name was also borne by the fictional Winston Smith, the protagonist in George Orwell's 1949 novel '1984'.
From a surname which was originally taken from town names meaning either "WINE
's village" or "WIGMUND
's village" in Old English.
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "enclosure belonging to WINE
" in Old English.
Frisian diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element wald
Derived from the Slavic elements voji
"soldier" and tekha
"solace, comfort, joy". Saint Wojciech (also known by the Czech form of his name Vojtěch
or his adopted name Adalbert
) was a Bohemian missionary to Hungary, Poland and Prussia, where he was martyred.
WOLFGANGmGerman, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements wulf
meaning "wolf" and gang
"path". Two famous bearers of this name were Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and German novelist and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "row of houses by a wood" in Old English. This name was popularized by American president Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924).
Either a diminutive of WOODROW
, or else from a nickname derived from the English word wood
. A famous bearer is film director Woody Allen (1935-).
From an occupational surname meaning "craftsman", ultimately from Old English wyrhta
. Famous bearers of the surname were the Wright brothers (Wilbur 1867-1912 and Orville 1871-1948), the inventors of the first successful airplane, and Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959), an American architect.
WUm & fChinese
From Chinese 武 (wǔ)
meaning "military, martial" (which is generally only masculine) or 务 (wù)
meaning "affairs, business", as well as other characters which are pronounced similarly. This was the name of several Chinese rulers, including the 2nd-century BC emperor Wu of Han (name spelled 武
) who expanded the empire and made Confucianism the state philosophy.
Derived from the Old English elements wulf
"wolf" and noð
"boldness, daring". This name became rare after the Norman Conquest.
From an English surname which was derived from the medieval given name WYOT
. Wyatt Earp (1848-1929) was an American lawman and gunfighter involved in the famous shootout at the OK Corral.
Derived from Welsh gwyn
meaning "blessed, white, fair".
From the Old English name Wigstan
, composed of the elements wig
"battle" and stan
"stone". This was the name of a 9th-century Anglo-Saxon saint. It became rare after the Norman conquest, and in modern times it is chiefly known as the first name of the British poet W. H. Auden (1907-1973).
XANDERmDutch, English (Modern)
Short form of ALEXANDER
. It was popularized in the English-speaking world by a character on the television series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' (1997-2003).
XAVIERmEnglish, French, Portuguese, Catalan, Spanish (Archaic)
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria
meaning "the new house". This was the surname of the Jesuit priest Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) who was borne in a village of this name. He was a missionary to India, Japan, China, and other areas in East Asia, and he is the patron saint of the Orient and missionaries. His surname has since been adopted as a given name in his honour, chiefly among Catholics.
Greek form of the Persian name Khshayarsha
which meant "ruler over heroes". This was a 5th-century BC king of Persia, the son of Darius the Great. He attempted an invasion of Greece, which ended unsuccessfully at the battle of Salamis.
XIAm & fChinese
From Chinese 夏 (xià)
meaning "summer, great, grand", 霞 (xiá)
meaning "rosy clouds", or other characters which are pronounced similarly.
XIANGm & fChinese
From Chinese 翔 (xiáng)
meaning "soar, glide", 祥 (xiáng)
meaning "good luck, good omen", 香 (xiāng)
meaning "fragrant" (which is usually only feminine) or 湘 (xiāng)
, which refers to the Xiang River in southern China. This name can also be formed from other characters.
Medieval Spanish or Basque name of uncertain meaning. It is possibly a form of SIMON (1)
, though it may in fact derive from Basque seme
XINYIm & fChinese
From Chinese 欣 (xīn)
meaning "happy, joyous, delighted" or 心 (xīn)
meaning "heart, mind, soul" combined with 怡 (yí)
meaning "joy, harmony". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
XUEf & mChinese
From Chinese 雪 (xuě)
meaning "snow" or 学 (xué)
meaning "study, learning, school", besides other characters pronounced similarly.
XUNm & fChinese
From Chinese 勋 (xūn)
meaning "meritorious deed, rank" or 迅 (xùn)
meaning "snow", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
YAHUIf & mChinese
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ)
meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 惠 (huì)
meaning "favour, benefit". This name can also be formed from other character combinations.
A name of the Hebrew God, represented in Hebrew by the tetragrammaton ("four letters") יהוה (Yod Heh Vav Heh)
, which was transliterated into Roman script as Y H W H
. Because it was considered blasphemous to utter the name of God, it was only written and never spoken, which resulted in the original pronunciation becoming lost. The name may have originally been derived from the old Semitic root הוה (hawah)
meaning "to be" or "to become".
From a Welsh surname which was itself derived from a place name meaning "fertile upland" (from Welsh ial
YAMmNear Eastern Mythology
Means "sea" in Ugaritic. Yam was the Ugaritic god of the sea, also associated with chaos, storms and destruction. He was a son of the chief god El
Means "twin" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu god of death. He is also regarded as the first mortal being, or in other words, the first person to die. This name is related to Persian Jam
, an ancient name for Japan. It can also refer to the Yamato period in Japanese history, which lasted into the 8th century. The individual kanji are 大
meaning "great" and 和
YAN (2)f & mChinese
From Chinese 艳 (yàn)
meaning "beautiful, gorgeous" (which is usually only feminine) or 岩 (yán)
meaning "cliff, rocks", as well as other Chinese characters pronounced in a similar fashion.
From a surname, which was an Americanized form of the Dutch surname Jansen
meaning "JAN (1)
YANGm & fChinese
From Chinese 洋 (yáng)
meaning "ocean" or 阳 (yáng)
meaning "light, sun, male" (which is typically only masculine), as well as other Chinese characters pronounced similarly.
Means both "ash tree" and "clear, serene" in Bulgarian.
YASINmArabic, Persian, Urdu
From the Arabic letters ي
) and س
). These letters begin the 36th chapter of the Qur'an (surah Ya Sin).
Means "to be rich", derived from Arabic يسر (yasira)
meaning "to become easy". This was the name of an early Islamic martyr. It was also borne by Yasir Arafat (1929-2004), a leader of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
YASUf & mJapanese
From Japanese 安 (yasu)
meaning "peace, quiet", 康 (yasu)
meaning "peaceful" or 坦 (yasu)
meaning "flat, smooth, level", as well as other kanji which are pronounced the same way.
YATINGf & mChinese
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ)
meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 婷 (tíng)
meaning "pretty, graceful". Other character combinations are possible.
YAZHUf & mChinese
From Chinese 雅 (yǎ)
meaning "elegant, graceful, refined" combined with 筑 (zhù)
meaning "lute, zither, build". Other character combinations are also possible.
From Sino-Korean 藝 (ye)
meaning "art, talent, craft" combined with 俊 (jun)
meaning "talented, handsome", as well as other hanja combinations.
YEONGf & mKorean
From Sino-Korean 英 (yeong)
meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero", as well as other hanja characters which are pronounced similarly. It usually occurs in combination with another character, though it is sometimes used as a stand-alone name. This name was borne by Jang Yeong-sil (where Jang
is the surname), a 15th-century Korean scientist and inventor.
From Sino-Korean 永 (yeong)
meaning "perpetual, eternal" combined with 哲 (cheol)
meaning "wise, sage". Other hanja combinations are possible.
From Sino-Korean 榮 (yeong)
meaning "glory, honour, flourish, prosper" and 起 (gi)
meaning "rise, stand up, begin". Other hanja character combinations are possible.
From Sino-Korean 英 (yeong)
meaning "flower, petal, brave, hero", 映 (yeong)
meaning "reflect light" or 泳 (yeong)
meaning "dive, swim" combined with 浩 (ho)
meaning "great, numerous, vast" or 皓 (ho)
meaning "bright, luminous, clear, hoary". Other hanja combinations are possible.
From Sino-Korean 永 (yeong)
meaning "perpetual, eternal" or 泳 (yeong)
meaning "dive, swim" combined with 煥 (hwan)
meaning "shining, brilliant, lustrous". Other hanja combinations are possible as well.
From Sino-Korean 永 (yeong)
meaning "perpetual, eternal" and 壽 (su)
meaning "long life, lifespan", as well as other hanja character combinations.
From Tatar Uruslan
, which was possibly from Turkic arslan
meaning "lion". Yeruslan Lazarevich is the name of a hero in Russian and Tatar folktales. These tales were based on (or at least influenced by) Persian tales of their hero Rostam
YESHUAmBiblical Hebrew, Ancient Aramaic
Contracted form of Yehoshu'a
) used in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Hebrew Old Testament. The form was also used in Aramaic, and was most likely the name represented by Greek Iesous
) in the New Testament. This means it was probably the real name of Jesus.
YIf & mChinese
From Chinese 宜 (yí)
meaning "suitable, proper", 毅 (yì)
meaning "resolute, decisive, firm", 义 (yì)
meaning "justice, righteousness", 益 (yì)
meaning "profit, benefit", 怡 (yí)
meaning "joy, harmony" (which is usually only feminine) or 仪 (yí)
meaning "ceremony, rites" (also usually feminine). Other characters can also form this name.