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WACŁAW   m   Polish
Polish form of VÁCLAV.
WACŁAWA   f   Polish
Feminine form of WACŁAW.
WADE   m   English
From an English surname, either WADE (1) or WADE (2).
WADUD   m   Arabic
Means "lover, affectionate" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الودود (al-Wadud) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
WAFAI   m   Arabic
Means "loyalty" in Arabic.
WAFI   m   Arabic
Means "trustworthy, reliable, loyal, perfect" in Arabic.
WAFIYA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of WAFI.
WAHEED   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of WAHID.
WAHEEDA   f   Arabic
Variant transcription of WAHIDA.
WAHID   m   Arabic
Means "peerless, unique" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الوحيد (al-Wahid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
WAHIDA   f   Arabic
Feminine form of WAHID.
WAHYU   m   Indonesian
Means "revelation" in Indonesian.
WAIMARIE   f   Maori
Means "good luck" in Maori.
WAKANA   f   Japanese
From Japanese (wa) meaning "harmony" and (kana) meaning "play music, complete", as well as other combinations of kanji which are pronounced the same way.
WALAHFRID   m   Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements walha "stranger" and frid "peace".
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.
WALDEK   m   Polish
Polish diminutive of WALDEMAR.
WALDEMAR   m   German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish
Germanic derivative of the Slavic name VLADIMIR (or perhaps a cognate composed of the Germanic elements wald "rule" and meri "famous"). It was introduced into Scandinavia by the 12th-century Danish king Waldemar (or Valdemar) who was named after a royal ancestor of his Ukrainian mother.
WALDHAR   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WALTER.
WALDO   m   English, German, Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names containing the element wald meaning "rule". In the Middle Ages this name became the basis for a surname. Its present use in the English-speaking world is usually in honour of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), an American poet and author who wrote on transcendentalism. He was (probably) named after the 12th-century Christian radical Peter Waldo, who was from Lyons in France. Though Waldo and his followers, called the Waldensians, were declared heretics at the time, they were later admired by Protestants.
WALDOBERT   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of GAUBERT.
WALDOMAR   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WALDEMAR.
WALENTY   m   Polish
Polish form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
WALENTYNA   f   Polish
Polish form of VALENTINA.
WALERIA   f   Polish
Polish form of VALERIA.
WALERIAN   m   Polish
Polish form of Valerianus (see VALERIAN).
WALERY   m   Polish
Polish form of VALERIUS.
WALGANUS   m   Arthurian Romance
Latin form of GAWAIN.
WALHERICH   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of VALÉRY.
WALID   m   Arabic
Means "newborn", derived from Arabic ولد (walada) "to give birth". This was the name of the Umayyad caliph who conquered Spain in the 8th century.
WALKER   m   English
From an English surname which referred to the medieval occupational of a walker, also known as a fuller. Walkers would tread on wet, unprocessed wool in order to clean and thicken it. The word ultimately derives from Old English wealcan "to walk".
WALLACE   m   English, Scottish
From a Scottish and English surname which originally meant "Welsh" or "foreigner" in Norman French. It was first used as given name in honour of Sir William Wallace, the Scottish hero who led a rebellion to expel the English invaders from Scotland in the 13th century.
WALLIS   m & f   English (Rare)
From a surname which 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.
WALLY   m   English
Diminutive of WALTER or WALLACE.
WALT   m   English
Short form of WALTER.
WALTER   m   English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish, Italian, Ancient Germanic
From a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the army", composed of the elements wald "rule" and hari "army". The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Wealdhere. A famous bearer of the name was Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), a Scottish novelist who wrote 'Ivanhoe' and other notable works.
WALTHER   m   German, Ancient Germanic
German form of WALTER. This name was borne by the 13th-century German poet Walther von der Vogelweide.
WALTON   m   English
From a surname which was originally taken from various Old English place names meaning "stream town", "wood town", or "wall town".
WALTRAUD   f   German
From the Germanic element wald "power, ruler" or walha "foreign" combined with thrud "strength".
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).
WANDAL   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WENDEL.
WANDALIN   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WENDELIN.
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.
WAPASHA   m   Native American, Sioux
Means "red leaf" in the Dakota language. This was the name of several Sioux chiefs.
WAQAR   m   Arabic
Means "majesty, dignity" in Arabic.
WARAMUNT   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of VEREMUND.
WARCISŁAW   m   Polish (Archaic)
Polish form of VRATISLAV. This was the name of several dukes of Pomerania.
WARD   m   English
From an occupational surname for a watchman, derived from Old English weard "guard".
WARDELL   m   English
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "watch hill" in Old English.
WARIN   m   Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element warin meaning "guard, protect".
WARINHARI   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WERNER.
WARNER   m   English
From a Norman surname which was derived from the given name WERNER.
WARREN   m   English
From an English surname which was derived either from Norman French warrene meaning "animal enclosure", or else from the town of La Varenne in Normandy. This name was borne by the American president Warren G. Harding (1865-1923).
WARRICK   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of WARWICK.
WARWICK   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from the name of a town in England, itself from Old English wer "weir, dam" and wíc "settlement".
WASHINGTON   m   English
From a surname which was originally derived from the name of an English town, itself meaning "settlement belonging to WASSA's people". The given name is usually given in honour of George Washington (1732-1799), commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United States.
WASHTI   f   Biblical Hebrew
Ancient Hebrew form of VASHTI.
WASI   m   Arabic
Means "broad-minded, liberal, learned" in Arabic.
WASIM   m   Arabic
Means "handsome" in Arabic.
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".
WASSIM   m   Arabic
Variant transcription of WASIM.
WASSWA   m   Eastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
WASYL   m   Ukrainian
Variant transcription of VASYL.
WASYLYNA   f   Ukrainian
Variant transcription of VASYLYNA.
WAT   m   English
Medieval short form of WALTER.
WATE   m   Frisian
Possibly a Frisian short form of WALTER.
WATI   f   Indonesian, Malay
From a suffix meaning "woman" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit.
WATSE   m   Frisian
Diminutive of WATE.
WATTANA   f & m   Thai
Means "development" in Thai.
WAWRZYNIEC   m   Polish
Polish form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
WAYAN   m & f   Indonesian, Balinese
From Balinese wayah meaing "old, mature", ultimately from Sanskrit वयस् (vayas) meaning "energy, strength, age". This name is traditionally given to the first-born child.
WAYLAND   m   English
From Weland, the Old English cognate of WIELAND.
WAYLON   m   English
Variant of WAYLAND. This name was popularized by country music singer Waylon Jennings (1937-2002), who was originally named Wayland.
WAYNA   m   Native American, Quechua
Means "young" in Quechua.
WAYNE   m   English
From an occupational surname meaning "wagon maker", derived from Old English wægn "wagon". Use of it as a given name can be partly attributed to the popularity of the actor John Wayne (1907-1979). Another famous bearer is Canadian hockey player Wayne Gretzky (1961-), generally considered the greatest player in the history of the sport.
WAYRA   m   Native American, Quechua
Means "wind" in Quechua.
WAZO   m   Ancient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element wad meaning "to go" or warin meaning "guard, protect".
WEALDMÆR   m   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements weald "power, leader, ruler" and mær "famous".
WEALHMÆR   m   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wealh "foreigner, Celt" and mær "famous".
WEBSTER   m   English
From an occupational surname meaning "weaver", derived from Old English webba.
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.
WEKESA   m   Eastern African, Luhya
Means "born during harvest" in Luhya.
WELDON   m   English
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "hill near a spring" in Old English.
WEMBA   m   Anglo-Saxon (Rare)
Byname derived from Old English wamb meaning "belly".
WEN   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese (wén) meaning "literature, culture, writing", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
WENCESLAS   m   History
Latinized form of Veceslav (see VÁCLAV).
WENCESLAUS   m   History
Latinized form of Veceslav (see VÁCLAV).
WENDA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of WENDY.
WENDEL   m   German, Dutch
Old short form of Germanic names beginning with the element Wandal meaning "a Vandal". The Vandals were a Germanic tribe who invaded Spain and North Africa in the 5th century. The tribal name was later applied to other groups such as the Wends, a Slavic people living between the Elbe and the Oder.
WENDELIN   m   German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
Old diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element Wandal (see WENDEL). Saint Wendelin was a 6th-century hermit of Trier in Germany.
WENDELL   m   English
From a surname which was derived from the given name WENDEL.
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.
WENONA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of WENONAH.
WENONAH   f   English (Rare)
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).
WENZEL   m   German
Medieval German form of VÁCLAV, via the Latinized form Venceslaus.
WENZESLAUS   m   German
German form of VÁCLAV, via the Latinized form Venceslaus.
WERA   f   Polish
Polish form of VERA (1) or a short form of WERONIKA.
WERDHERI   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WERTHER.
WERKNESH   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Means "you are gold" in Amharic.
WERNER   m   German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic name derived from warin "guard" combined with hari "army".
WERONIKA   f   Polish, Sorbian
Polish and Sorbian form of VERONICA.
WERTHER   m   German
Derived from the Germanic elements wert "worthy" and hari "army". Goethe used this name in his novel 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' (1774).
WES   m   English
Short form of WESLEY.
WESLEY   m   English
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "west meadow" in Old English. It has been sometimes given in honour of John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism.
WESSEL   m   Frisian, Dutch, German
Diminutive of WERNER.
WESTLEY   m   English
From a surname which was a variant of WESLEY.
WESTON   m   English
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "west town" in Old English.
WETZEL   m   German
Diminutive of WERNER.
WHETU   f   Maori
Means "star" in Maori.
WHITAKER   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "white field" in Old English.
WHITNEY   f & m   English
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).
WIBAWA   m   Indonesian
Means "authority, power" in Indonesian.
WIBKE   f   German
Feminine form of WIEBE.
WIBO   m   Frisian, Dutch
Diminutive of WIEBE.
WIBOWO   m   Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of WIBAWA.
WICKANINNISH   m   Native 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.
WIDAD   f   Arabic
Means "love" in Arabic.
WIDALD   m   Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements witu "wood" and wald "power, rule".
WIDE   m   Frisian
Frisian form of WIDO.
WIDO   m   Ancient Germanic
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.
WIDOGAST   m   Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements witu "wood" and gast "stranger, guest".
WIDUKIND   m   Ancient Germanic
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.
WIDYA   f   Indonesian
Indonesian form of VIDYA.
WIEBE   m   Frisian, Dutch, German
Medieval short form of Germanic names containing the element wig meaning "war".
WIEBKE   f   Frisian, German
Feminine form of WIEBE.
WIĘCESŁAW   m   Polish (Archaic)
Older Polish form of VÁCLAV.
WIEGAND   m   German (Rare)
Modern German form of WIGAND.
WIELAND   m   German, Germanic Mythology
Derived from the Germanic elements wela possibly meaning "skill" and land meaning "land". In Germanic mythology Wieland (called Völundr in Old Norse) was an unequaled smith and craftsman.
WIELISŁAW   m   Polish
From an old Slavic name which meant "great glory".
WIESŁAW   m   Polish
Short form of WIELISŁAW.
WIESŁAWA   f   Polish
Feminine form of WIELISŁAW.
WIGAND   m   Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element wig meaning "war".
WIGBERHT   m   Anglo-Saxon, Ancient Germanic
Old English form of WYBERT. This is also a continental Germanic cognate.
WIGBRAND   m   Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements wig "war" and brand "sword".
WIGBURG   f   Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements wig "war" and burg "fortress".
WIGHEARD   m   Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of WYOT.
WIGMAR   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form (possibly) of GUIOMAR.
WIGMUND   m   Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of WYMOND.
WIGSTAN   m   Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of WYSTAN.
WIKOLIA   f   Hawaiian
Hawaiian form of VICTORIA.
WIKTOR   m   Polish
Polish form of VICTOR.
WIKTORIA   f   Polish
Polish form of VICTORIA.
WIL   m & f   English, Dutch
Short form of WILLIAM and other names beginning with Wil.
WILBERT   m   Dutch
Means "bright will", derived from the Germanic elements wil "will, desire" and beraht "bright".
WILBUR   m   English
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).
WILBURG   f   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wil "will, desire" and burg "fortress".
WILBURH   f   Anglo-Saxon
Variant of WILBURG.
WILBURN   m   English
From a surname which was probably originally derived from an unknown place name. The second element corresponds with Old English burne "stream".
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.
WILEY   m   English
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.
WILF   m   English
Short form of WILFRED.
WILFORD   m   English
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "willow ford" in Old English.
WILFRED   m   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.
WILFREDA   f   English (Rare)
Feminine form of WILFRED.
WILFREDO   m   Spanish
Spanish form of WILFRED.
WILFRID   m   English
Variant of WILFRED.
WILFRIED   m   German
German cognate of WILFRED.
WILFRIÐ   m   Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of WILFRED.
WILHEARD   m   Anglo-Saxon
Old English cognate of WILLIHARD.
WILHELM   m   German, 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.
WILHELMINA   f   Dutch, German, Polish, English
Dutch, German and Polish feminine form of WILHELM. This name was borne by a queen of the Netherlands (1880-1962).
WILHELMINE   f   German
German feminine form of WILHELM.
WILHELMUS   m   Dutch
Latinized form of WILHELM. This is also the official Dutch form of the name, used on birth certificates but not commonly in daily life.
WILKIE   m   English
From an English surname which was originally derived from a diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILKIN   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of WILLIAM.
WILKY   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of WILLIAM.
WILL   m   English
Short form of WILLIAM or other names beginning with Will. A famous bearer is American actor Will Smith (1968-), whose full name is Willard.
WILLA   f   English
Feminine form of WILLIAM.
WILLABERT   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WILBERT.
WILLAHELM   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WILLIAM.
WILLAMAR   m   Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements wil "will, desire" and meri "famous".
WILLARD   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from the Germanic given name WILLIHARD (or the Old English cognate Wilheard).
WILLEM   m   Dutch
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.
WILLEMIJN   f   Dutch
Dutch feminine form of WILLIAM.
WILLEMINA   f   Dutch
Dutch feminine form of WILLIAM.
WILLI   m   German
Diminutive of WILHELM.
WILLIAM   m   English
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]
WILLIE   m & f   English
Masculine or feminine diminutive of WILLIAM. A notable bearer is the retired American baseball player Willie Mays (1931-).
WILLIFRID   m   Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WILFRED.
WILLIHARD   m   Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements wil "will, desire" and hard "brave, hardy".
WILLIS   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from Will, a diminutive of WILLIAM.
WILLOUGHBY   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "willow town" in Old English.
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.
WILMǢR   m   Anglo-Saxon
Old English cognate of WILLAMAR.
WILMER   m   English
From an English surname which was derived from the given name WILMǢR.
WILMOT   m   Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of WILLIAM.
WILSON   m   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.
WILT   m   English
Short form of WILTON. This name was borne by basketball player Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999).
WILTON   m   English
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".
WIM   m   Dutch, German
Dutch and German short form of WILLEM or WILHELM.
WINCENTY   m   Polish
Polish form of VINCENT.
WINDSOR   m   English (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.
WINE   m   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from Old English wine "friend".
WINFRED   m   English
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.
WINFRIED   m   German
German form of WINFRED.
WINFRIÐ   m   Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of WINFRED.
WINIFRED   f   Welsh, English
Anglicized form of GWENFREWI, the spelling altered by association with WINFRED. It became used in England in the 16th century.
WINIFRID   m   Ancient Germanic
Germanic cognate of WINFRIÐ.
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.
WINNIFRED   f   Welsh, English
Variant of WINIFRED.
WINOC   m   Breton, French
Variant of GWENNEG.
WINONA   f   English, Native American, Sioux
Means "firstborn daughter" in the Dakota language. This was the name of the daughter of the Sioux Dakota chief Wapasha III.
WINSLOW   m   English (Rare)
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).
WINSTON   m   English
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'.
WINTER   f   English (Modern)
From the English word for the season, derived from Old English winter.
WINTHROP   m   English
From a surname which was originally taken from town names meaning either "WINE's village" or "WIGMUND's village" in Old English.
WINTON   m   English
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "enclosure belonging to WINE" in Old English.
WIOLA   f   Polish
Polish form of VIOLA.
WIOLETA   f   Polish
Polish form of VIOLET.
WIOLETTA   f   Polish
Polish form of VIOLET.
WIRA   m   Indonesian, Malay
Means "hero" in Indonesian and Malay, ultimately from Sanskrit वीर (vira).
WIREMU   m   Maori
Maori form of WILLIAM.
WISCHARD   m   Old Norman
Norman form of GUISCARD.
WISDOM   f & m   English (Rare)
Simply from the English word, a derivative of Old English wis "wise".
WISŁAW   m   Polish
Short form of WIELISŁAW.
WISŁAWA   f   Polish
Feminine form of WIELISŁAW.
WIT   m   Polish
Polish form of VITUS or WIDO.
WITEK   m   Polish
Diminutive of WITOLD.
WITOŁD   m   Polish (Archaic)
Polish variant of WITOLD.
WITOLD   m   Polish, German
Polish form of VYTAUTAS. Alternatively it could be derived from the Germanic name WIDALD.
WŁADEK   m   Polish
Diminutive of WŁADYSŁAW.
WŁADYSŁAW   m   Polish
Polish cognate of VLADISLAV. This was the name of four kings of Poland.
WŁADYSŁAWA   f   Polish
Feminine form of WŁADYSŁAW.
WŁODEK   m   Polish
Diminutive of WŁODZIMIERZ.
WŁODZIMIERZ   m   Polish
Polish cognate of VLADIMIR.
WŁODZISŁAW   m   Polish (Rare)
Polish cognate of VLADISLAV.
WOB   m   Frisian, Dutch
Frisian diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element wald meaning "rule".
WOBBE   m & f   Frisian
Variant and feminine form of WOB.
WODAN   m   Germanic Mythology
Continental Germanic cognate of Óðinn (see ODIN).
WODEN   m   Anglo-Saxon Mythology
Anglo-Saxon cognate of Óðinn (see ODIN).
WOJCIECH   m   Polish
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.
WOJCIECHA   f   Polish
Feminine form of WOJCIECH.
WOJTEK   m   Polish
Diminutive of WOJCIECH.
WOLF   m   German, Jewish, English (Rare), Ancient Germanic
Short form of WOLFGANG, WOLFRAM or other names containing the Germanic element wulf meaning "wolf". It can also be simply from the German or English word.
WOLFE   m   English (Rare)
Variant of WOLF.
WOLFGANG   m   German, 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).
WOLFRAM   m   German
Derived from the Germanic element wulf meaning "wolf" combined with hramn "raven".
WÖLLEM   m   Limburgish
Limburgish form of WILLIAM.
WOLODYMYR   m   Ukrainian
Variant transcription of VOLODYMYR.
WOLTER   m   Dutch
Dutch variant form of WALTER.
WOODROW   m   English
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).
WOODY   m   English
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-).
WOO-JIN   m   Korean
Variant transcription of U-JIN.
WORKNESH   f   Eastern African, Amharic
Possibly means "you are like gold" in Amharic.
WOTAN   m   Germanic Mythology
Variant of WODAN.
WOUTER   m   Dutch
Dutch form of WALTER.
WREN   f   English (Rare)
From the English word for the small songbird. It is ultimately derived from Old English wrenna.
WRIGHT   m   English
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.
WU   m & f   Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "military, martial" (which is generally only masculine) or () 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 ) who expanded the empire and made Confucianism the state philosophy.
WUBBE   m   Frisian, Dutch
Variant of WOB.
WULAN   f   Indonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of BULAN.
WULF   m   German
Variant of WOLF.
WULFNOÐ   m   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and noð "boldness, daring". This name became rare after the Norman Conquest.
WULFRIC   m   Anglo-Saxon
Old English form of ULRIC.
WULFSIGE   m   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and sige "victory".
WULFSTAN   m   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and stan "stone".
WULLEM   m   Limburgish
Limburgish form of WILLIAM.
WUM   m   Limburgish
Short form of WULLEM.
WYATT   m   English
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.
WYBERT   m   Medieval English
Middle English form of the Old English name Wigberht, composed of the elements wig "battle" and beorht "bright".
WYMOND   m   Medieval English
Middle English form of the Old English name Wigmund, composed of the elements wig "battle" and mund "protector".
WYN   m   Welsh
Derived from Welsh gwyn meaning "blessed, white, fair".
WYNFOR   m   Welsh
Variant of GWYNFOR.
WYNN   m   Welsh
Variant of WYN.
WYNNE (1)   m & f   Welsh
Variant of WYN, sometimes used as a feminine form.
WYNNE (2)   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the given name WINE.
WYNNSTAN   m   Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wynn "joy" and stan "stone".
WYNONA   f   English
Variant of WINONA.
WYNONNA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of WINONA.
WYNTER   f   English (Rare)
Variant of WINTER.
WYOT   m   Medieval English
Middle English form of the Old English name Wigheard, composed of the elements wig "battle" and heard "brave, hardy".
WYSTAN   m   English (Rare)
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).
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