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WACŁAWmPolish
Polish form of VÁCLAV.
WACŁAWAfPolish
Feminine form of WACŁAW.
WADEmEnglish
From an English surname, either WADE (1) or WADE (2).
WADUDmArabic
Means "lover, affectionate" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الودود (al-Wadud) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
WAFAImArabic
Means "loyalty" in Arabic.
WAFImArabic
Means "trustworthy, reliable, loyal, perfect" in Arabic.
WAFIYAfArabic
Feminine form of WAFI.
WAFULAmEastern African, Luhya
Means "born during the rainy season", from Luhya ifula meaning "rainy season".
WAHEEDmArabic
Variant transcription of WAHID.
WAHEEDAfArabic
Variant transcription of WAHIDA.
WAHIDmArabic
Means "peerless, unique" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition الوحيد (al-Wahid) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
WAHIDAfArabic
Feminine form of WAHID.
WAHUNSENACAWHmNative American, Powhatan
Meaning unknown. This name was borne by a 17th-century chief of the Powhatan people. He was also known as Powhatan, as a result of confusion between his name and his birthplace.
WAHYUmIndonesian
Means "revelation" in Indonesian.
WAIMARIEfMaori
Means "good luck" in Maori.
WAIRIMUfEastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu irimu meaning "ogre, giant". In the Kikuyu origin legend Wairimu is of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi.
WAKANAfJapanese
From Japanese (wa) meaning "harmony" and (kana) meaning "play music, complete", as well as other combinations of kanji which are pronounced the same way.
WALAHFRIDmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements walha "stranger" and frid "peace".
WALBURGAfGerman
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.
WALCHELINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of VAUQUELIN.
WALDEBURGfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WALBURGA.
WALDEKmPolish
Polish diminutive of WALDEMAR.
WALDEMARmGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Polish
Germanic derivative of the Slavic name VLADIMIR (or perhaps a cognate composed of the Germanic elements wald "rule" and mari "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.
WALDHARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WALTER.
WALDOmEnglish, 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.
WALDOBERTmAncient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements wald "rule" and beraht "bright". This was the name of a 7th-century French saint (called Valbert or Gaubert in French).
WALDOMARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WALDEMAR.
WALENTYmPolish
Polish form of Valentinus (see VALENTINE (1)).
WALENTYNAfPolish
Polish form of VALENTINA.
WALERIAfPolish
Polish form of VALERIA.
WALERIANmPolish
Polish form of Valerianus (see VALERIAN).
WALERYmPolish
Polish form of VALERIUS.
WALHBERCTmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements walha "stranger" and beraht "bright".
WALHERICHmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of VALÉRY.
WALIDmArabic
Means "newborn", derived from Arabic ولد (walada) meaning "to give birth". This was the name of the Umayyad caliph who conquered Spain in the 8th century.
WALKERmEnglish
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".
WALLACEmEnglish, 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, a Scottish hero who led the fight against English invasion in the 13th century.
WALLISm & fEnglish (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.
WALLYmEnglish
Diminutive of WALTER or WALLACE.
WALTmEnglish
Short form of WALTER.
WALTERmEnglish, 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.
WALTHERmGerman, Ancient Germanic
German variant of WALTER. This name was borne by the 13th-century German poet Walther von der Vogelweide.
WALTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally taken from various Old English place names meaning "stream town", "wood town", or "wall town".
WALTRAUDfGerman
From the Germanic element wald "power, ruler" or walha "foreign" combined with thrud "strength".
WAMALWAmEastern African, Luhya
Means "born during the brewing season" in Luhya.
WAMANmNative American, Quechua
Means "eagle, falcon" in Quechua.
WAMBUIfEastern African, Kikuyu
Means "zebra" in Kikuyu. This is one of Mumbi's nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.
WANANGWAm & fSouthern African, Tumbuka
Means "freedom" in Tumbuka.
WANDAfPolish, 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).
WANDALmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WENDEL.
WANDALINmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WENDELIN.
WANGARIfEastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu ngarĩ meaning "leopard". In the Kikuyu origin legend this is the name of one of the nine daughters of Mumbi.
WANGCHUKm & fTibetan, 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.
WANGIfIndonesian, Malay
Means "fragrant" in Malay and Indonesian.
WANGUIfEastern African, Kikuyu
From Kikuyu ngũi meaning "song leader". This is one of Mumbi's nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.
WANJALAmEastern African, Luhya
Means "born during famine", from Luhya injala meaning "hunger, famine".
WANJIKUfEastern African, Kikuyu
Meaning unknown. This is one of Mumbi's nine daughters in the Kikuyu origin legend.
WANJIRUfEastern 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.
WANYONYImEastern African, Luhya
Means "born during the weeding season", from Luhya enyonyi meaning "weeds".
WAPASHAmNative American, Sioux
Means "red leaf" in Dakota. This was the name of several Dakota chiefs.
WAQARmArabic
Means "majesty, dignity" in Arabic.
WARAMUNTmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of VEREMUND.
WARCISŁAWmPolish (Archaic)
Polish form of VRATISLAV. This was the name of several dukes of Pomerania.
WARDmEnglish
From an occupational surname for a watchman, derived from Old English weard "guard".
WARDELLmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "watch hill" in Old English.
WARINmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element warin meaning "guard, protect".
WARINHARImAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WERNER.
WARNERmEnglish
From a Norman surname which was derived from the given name WERNER.
WARRENmEnglish
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).
WARRICKmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of WARWICK.
WARWICKmEnglish (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".
WASHINGTONmEnglish
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.
WASHTIfBiblical Hebrew
Ancient Hebrew form of VASHTI.
WASImArabic
Means "broad-minded, liberal, learned" in Arabic.
WASIMmArabic
Means "handsome" in Arabic.
WASSAfAnglo-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".
WASSIMmArabic
Variant transcription of WASIM.
WASSWAmEastern African, Ganda
Means "first of twins" in Luganda.
WASYLmUkrainian
Variant transcription of VASYL.
WASYLYNAfUkrainian
Variant transcription of VASYLYNA.
WATmEnglish
Medieval short form of WALTER.
WATEmFrisian
Possibly a Frisian short form of WALTER.
WATIfIndonesian, Malay
From a suffix meaning "woman" in Indonesian, ultimately from Sanskrit.
WATSEmFrisian
Diminutive of WATE.
WATTANAf & mThai
Means "development" in Thai.
WAWATAMmNative American, Ojibwe
Means "little goose" in Ojibwe. This was the name of an 18th-century chief of the Ottawa people.
WAWRZYNIECmPolish
Polish form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
WAYANm & fIndonesian, 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.
WAYLANDmEnglish
From Weland, the Old English cognate of WIELAND.
WAYLONmEnglish
Variant of WAYLAND. This name was popularized by country music singer Waylon Jennings (1937-2002), who was originally named Wayland.
WAYNAmNative American, Quechua
Means "young" in Quechua.
WAYNEmEnglish
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.
WAYRAmNative American, Quechua
Means "wind" in Quechua.
WAZOmAncient Germanic
Originally a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element wad meaning "to go" or warin meaning "guard, protect".
WEALDMÆRmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements weald "power, leader, ruler" and mær "famous".
WEALHMÆRmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wealh "foreigner, Celt" and mær "famous".
WEBSTERmEnglish
From an occupational surname meaning "weaver", derived from Old English webba.
WEIm & fChinese
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.
WEKESAmEastern African, Luhya
Means "born during harvest" in Luhya.
WELDONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "hill near a spring" in Old English.
WEMBAmAnglo-Saxon (Rare)
Byname derived from Old English wamb meaning "belly".
WENm & fChinese
From Chinese (wén) meaning "literature, culture, writing", as well as other characters with a similar pronunciation.
WENCESLASmHistory
Latinized form of Veceslav (see VÁCLAV).
WENCESLAUSmHistory
Latinized form of Veceslav (see VÁCLAV).
WENDELmDutch, German (Rare)
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.
WENDELINmGerman, 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.
WENDELLmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the given name WENDEL.
WENDIfEnglish
Variant of WENDY.
WENDYfEnglish
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.
WENONAHfLiterature
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).
WENZELmGerman
Medieval German form of VÁCLAV, via the Latinized form Venceslaus.
WENZESLAUSmGerman
German form of VÁCLAV, via the Latinized form Venceslaus.
WERAfPolish
Polish form of VERA (1) or a short form of WERONIKA.
WERDHERImAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WERTHER.
WERKNESHfEastern African, Amharic
Variant transcription of WORKNESH.
WERNERmGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From a Germanic name derived from warin "guard" combined with hari "army".
WERONIKAfPolish, Sorbian
Polish and Sorbian form of VERONICA.
WERTHERmGerman (Rare)
Derived from the Germanic elements wert "worthy" and hari "army". Goethe used this name in his novel 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' (1774).
WESmEnglish
Short form of WESLEY.
WESLEYmEnglish
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.
WESSELmFrisian, Dutch, German
Diminutive of WERNER.
WESTLEYmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of WESLEY.
WESTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "west town" in Old English.
WETZELmGerman
Diminutive of WERNER.
WHETUfMaori
Means "star" in Maori.
WHITAKERmEnglish (Rare)
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).
WIBAWAmIndonesian
Means "authority, power" in Indonesian.
WIBKEfGerman
Feminine form of WIEBE.
WIBOmFrisian, Dutch
Diminutive of WIEBE.
WIBOWOmIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of WIBAWA.
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.
WIDADfArabic
Means "love" in Arabic.
WIDALDmAncient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements witu "wood" and wald "power, rule".
WIDEmFrisian
Frisian form of WIDO.
WIDOmAncient 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.
WIDOGASTmAncient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements witu "wood" and gast "stranger, guest".
WIDUKINDmAncient 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.
WIDYAfIndonesian
Indonesian form of VIDYA.
WIEBEmFrisian, Dutch, German
Medieval short form of Germanic names containing the element wig meaning "war".
WIEBKEfFrisian, German
Feminine form of WIEBE.
WIĘCESŁAWmPolish (Archaic)
Older Polish form of VÁCLAV.
WIEGANDmGerman (Rare)
Modern German form of WIGAND.
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.
WIELISŁAWmPolish (Rare)
From an old Slavic name which meant "great glory".
WIESŁAWmPolish
Short form of WIELISŁAW.
WIESŁAWAfPolish
Feminine form of WIELISŁAW.
WIGANDmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the element wig meaning "war".
WIGBERHTmAnglo-Saxon, Ancient Germanic
Old English form of WYBERT. This is also a continental Germanic cognate.
WIGBRANDmAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements wig "war" and brand "sword".
WIGBURGfAncient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements wig "war" and burg "fortress".
WIGHEARDmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of WYOT.
WIGMARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form (possibly) of GUIOMAR.
WIGMUNDmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of WYMOND.
WIGSTANmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of WYSTAN.
WIKOLIAfHawaiian
Hawaiian form of VICTORIA.
WIKTORmPolish
Polish form of VICTOR.
WIKTORIAfPolish
Polish form of VICTORIA.
WILm & fEnglish, Dutch
Short form of WILLIAM and other names beginning with Wil.
WILBERTmDutch
Means "bright will", derived from the Germanic elements wil "will, desire" and beraht "bright".
WILBURmEnglish
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).
WILBURGfAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wil "will, desire" and burg "fortress".
WILBURNmEnglish
From a surname which was probably originally derived from an unknown place name. The second element corresponds with Old English burne "stream".
WILDAfEnglish
Meaning unknown, perhaps from a German surname, or perhaps from the English word wild. It has been in use since the 19th century.
WILEYmEnglish
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.
WILFmEnglish
Short form of WILFRED.
WILFORDmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "willow ford" in Old English.
WILFREDmEnglish
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.
WILFREDOmSpanish
Spanish form of WILFRED.
WILFRIEDmGerman
German cognate of WILFRED.
WILFRIÐmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of WILFRED.
WILHEARDmAnglo-Saxon
Old English cognate of WILLIHARD.
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.
WILHELMINAfDutch, German, English
Dutch and German feminine form of WILHELM. This name was borne by a queen of the Netherlands (1880-1962).
WILHELMINEfGerman
German feminine form of WILHELM.
WILHELMUSmDutch
Latinized form of WILHELM. This is also the official Dutch form of the name, used on birth certificates but not commonly in daily life.
WILKIEmEnglish
From an English surname which was originally derived from a diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILKINmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of WILLIAM.
WILKYmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of WILLIAM.
WILLmEnglish
Short form of WILLIAM or other names beginning with Will. A famous bearer is American actor Will Smith (1968-), whose full name is Willard.
WILLAfEnglish
Feminine form of WILLIAM.
WILLABERTmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WILBERT.
WILLAHELMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WILLIAM.
WILLAMARmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements wil "will, desire" and mari "famous".
WILLARDmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the Germanic given name WILLIHARD (or the Old English cognate Wilheard).
WILLEMmDutch
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.
WILLEMIJNfDutch
Dutch feminine form of WILLIAM.
WILLEMINAfDutch
Dutch feminine form of WILLIAM.
WILLImGerman
Diminutive of WILHELM.
WILLIAMmEnglish
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-).
WILLIFRIDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WILFRED.
WILLIHARDmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements wil "will, desire" and hard "brave, hardy".
WILLIRICmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements wil "will, desire" and ric "power, rule".
WILLISmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from Will, a diminutive of WILLIAM.
WILLKAmNative American, Aymara
Means "sun" in Aymara.
WILLOUGHBYmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "willow town" in Old English.
WILLOWfEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the tree, which is ultimately derived from Old English welig.
WILLYm & fEnglish, German, Dutch
Diminutive of WILLIAM, WILHELM or WILLEM. It is both masculine and feminine in Dutch.
WILMAfGerman, Dutch, English
Short form of WILHELMINA. German settlers introduced it to America in the 19th century.
WILMǢRmAnglo-Saxon
Old English cognate of WILLAMAR.
WILMERmEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from the given name WILMǢR.
WILMOTm & fMedieval English
Medieval diminutive and feminine form of WILLIAM.
WILSONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of WILLIAM". The surname was borne by Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the American president during World War I.
WILTmEnglish
Short form of WILTON. This name was borne by basketball player Wilt Chamberlain (1936-1999).
WILTONmEnglish
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".
WIMmDutch, German
Dutch and German short form of WILLEM or WILHELM.
WINCENTYmPolish
Polish form of VINCENT.
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.
WINEmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from Old English wine "friend".
WINFREDmEnglish
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.
WINFRIEDmGerman
German form of WINFRED.
WINFRIÐmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of WINFRED.
WINIFREDfWelsh, English
Anglicized form of GWENFREWI, the spelling altered by association with WINFRED. It became used in England in the 16th century.
WINIFRIDmAncient Germanic
Germanic cognate of WINFRIÐ.
WINNIEfEnglish
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.
WINONAfEnglish, Native American, Sioux
Means "firstborn daughter" in Dakota. This was the name of the daughter of the 19th-century Dakota chief Wapasha III.
WINSLOWmEnglish (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).
WINSTONmEnglish
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'.
WINTERfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word for the season, derived from Old English winter.
WINTHROPmEnglish
From a surname which was originally taken from town names meaning either "WINE's village" or "WIGMUND's village" in Old English.
WINTONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "enclosure belonging to WINE" in Old English.
WIOLAfPolish
Polish form of VIOLA.
WIOLETAfPolish
Polish form of VIOLET.
WIOLETTAfPolish
Polish form of VIOLET.
WIRAmIndonesian, Malay
Means "hero" in Indonesian and Malay, ultimately from Sanskrit वीर (vira).
WIREMUmMaori
Maori form of WILLIAM.
WISDOMf & mEnglish (Rare)
Simply from the English word, a derivative of Old English wis "wise".
WISŁAWAfPolish
Feminine form of WIELISŁAW.
WITmPolish
Polish form of VITUS or WIDO.
WITEKmPolish
Diminutive of WITOLD.
WITOŁDmPolish (Archaic)
Polish variant of WITOLD.
WITOLDmPolish, German
Polish form of VYTAUTAS. Alternatively it could be derived from the Germanic name WIDALD.
WŁADEKmPolish
Diminutive of WŁADYSŁAW.
WŁADYSŁAWmPolish
Polish cognate of VLADISLAV. This was the name of four kings of Poland.
WŁODZIMIERZmPolish
Polish cognate of VLADIMIR.
WOBmFrisian, Dutch
Frisian diminutive of Germanic names beginning with the element wald meaning "rule".
WOBBEm & fFrisian
Variant and feminine form of WOB.
WODANmGermanic Mythology
Continental Germanic cognate of Óðinn (see ODIN).
WODENmAnglo-Saxon Mythology
Anglo-Saxon cognate of Óðinn (see ODIN). The day of the week Wednesday is named for him.
WOJCIECHmPolish
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.
WOJTEKmPolish
Diminutive of WOJCIECH.
WOLFmGerman, 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.
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).
WOLFRAMmGerman
Derived from the Germanic element wulf meaning "wolf" combined with hramn "raven".
WÖLLEMmLimburgish
Limburgish form of WILLIAM.
WOLODYMYRmUkrainian
Variant transcription of VOLODYMYR.
WOLTERmDutch
Dutch variant form of WALTER.
WOODIEmEnglish
Variant of WOODY.
WOODROWmEnglish
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).
WOODYmEnglish
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-JINmKorean
Variant transcription of U-JIN.
WORKNEHmEastern African, Amharic
Means "you are gold", from Amharic ወርቅ (warq) meaning "gold".
WOUTERmDutch
Dutch form of WALTER.
WRENfEnglish (Modern)
From the English word for the small songbird. It is ultimately derived from Old English wrenna.
WRIGHTmEnglish
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 () 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.
WUBBEmFrisian, Dutch
Variant of WOB.
WULANfIndonesian, Javanese
Javanese form of BULAN.
WULFmGerman
Variant of WOLF.
WULFNOÐmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and noð "boldness, daring". This name became rare after the Norman Conquest.
WULFRICmAnglo-Saxon
Old English form of ULRIC.
WULFSIGEmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and sige "victory".
WULFSTANmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and stan "stone".
WULLEMmLimburgish
Limburgish form of WILLIAM.
WUMmLimburgish
Short form of WULLEM.
WYATTmEnglish
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.
WYBERTmMedieval English
Middle English form of the Old English name Wigberht, composed of the elements wig "battle" and beorht "bright".
WYMONDmMedieval English
Middle English form of the Old English name Wigmund, composed of the elements wig "battle" and mund "protector".
WYNmWelsh
Derived from Welsh gwyn meaning "blessed, white, fair".
WYNFORmWelsh
Variant of GWYNFOR.
WYNNmWelsh
Variant of WYN.
WYNNE (1)m & fWelsh
Variant of WYN, sometimes used as a feminine form.
WYNNE (2)mEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the given name WINE.
WYNNSTANmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements wynn "joy" and stan "stone".
WYNONAfEnglish
Variant of WINONA.
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