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Names starting with W

Whitney -  English habitational surname transferred to unisex forename use, from the name of various places derived from the Middle English phrase atten whiten ey ("by the white island"), hence "white island."
Wigburg - German name composed of the elements wig "battle, war" and burg "help, protection, salvation," hence "war protection."
Wigheard - Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements wig "battle, fight, war" and heard "brave, hardy, strong," hence "hardy warrior."
Wigstan - Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements wig "battle, fight, war" and stan "stone," hence "battle-stone."
Wiga - Short form of Polish Jadwiga, meaning "contending battle."
Wigmund - Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements wig "battle, fight, war" and mund "protection," hence "fight-protection."
Wojciech - Polish name composed of the Slavic elements voi "soldier" and tech "consolation," hence "consolation-soldier."
Waheed - Variant of Arabic Wahid, meaning "unique."
Wolter - Dutch form of German Walther, meaning "ruler of the army."
Willemina - Feminine form of Dutch Willem, meaning "will-helmet."
Willem - Dutch form of German Wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."
Wiebe - Pet form of German names containing theelement -wig, meaning "battle, fight, war."
Walentyna - Feminine form of Polish Walenty, meaning "healthy, strong." 
William - English form of Norman French Willelm, meaning "will-helmet."
Weston - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements west "west" and tun "enclosure, settlement," hence "western settlement."
Wojciecha - Feminine form of Polish Wojciech, meaning "consolation-soldier."
Wilhelmus - Latin form of Old High German Wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."
Wilfrið - Anglo-Saxon equivalent of German Wilfried, composed of the Old English elements wil "desire, will" and frið "peace," hence "desires peace."
Wynne - Elaborated form of English Win, meaning "holy reconciliation." Compare with masculine Wynne.
Wilda -   German surname transferred to forename use, meaning "wild."
Wyn - Welsh name derived from an old byname meaning "blessed, fair, holy, white."
Waðsige - Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements wað "hunt" and sige "victory," hence "hunt-victory."
Wendelin - Diminutive form of Old High German Wendel, meaning"a Wend; a wanderer," a term used torefer to migrant Slavs in the sixth century. 
Wawrzyniec - Polish form of Roman Latin Laurentius, meaning "of Laurentum."
Wickaninnish - Native American Nootka name meaning "having no one before him in his canoe." 
Wasi - Arabic name meaning "broad-minded."
Wilson - English patronymic surname transferred to forename use, meaning "son of Will." 
Walton - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements wæll "spring" and tun "enclosure, settlement," hence "spring settlement."
Wahchinksapa - Native American Sioux name meaning "wise."
Wafai - Arabic name meaning "loyalty."
Wafi - Arabic name meaning "reliable."
Wanageeska - Native American Sioux name meaning "white spirit."
Warren -  English surname of Norman French origin, transferred to forename use, from a place called La Varenne, meaning "game-park." 
Wynter - Variant spelling of English Winter, meaning "winter."
Waan - Thai name meaning "sweet."
Wahida - Feminine form of Arabic Wahid, meaning "unique."
Wren - English name derived from the vocabulary word for the bird, wren, from Old English wrenna, meaning simply"wren." In many other languages, the name of this bird denotes "royalty."
Wolof - Anglo-Saxon form of Old Norse Óláfr, meaning "heir of the ancestors."
Wylie - Irish and Scottish equivalent of English Willy, meaning "will-helmet."
Wilbert - German equivalent of Anglo-Saxon Wilbeorht, composed of the elements will "desire, will" and beraht "bright," hence "will-bright."
Wido - Medieval Latin name derived from the Germanic word wīt, meaning "wide."
Wendy - From the name of a J. M. Barrie character, derived from a pet name, fwendy, meaning "friend."
Wachiwi - Native American Sioux name meaning "dancer."
Wermund - Old Danish form of Old Norse Vermundr, meaning "protector of man." 
Waldemar - German form of Slavic Vladimir, meaning "peaceful ruler."
Win - Short form of English Winfred and Winifred, both meaning "holy reconciliation," and other names beginning with Win-. 
Wright - English occupational surname transferred to forename use, derived from Old English wryhta/wyrhta, meaning "craftsman."
Wendell - Variant spelling of Old High German Wendel, meaning"a Wend; a wanderer," a term used torefer to migrant Slavs in the sixth century. 
Wilfried - Modern German form of Old German Willafried, meaning "desires peace." 
Webster - English occupational surname transferred to forename use, from early Middle English webber, meaning "weaver."
Winfred - Variant spelling of Middle English Winfrid, meaning "friend of peace." 
Wmffre - Welsh form of English Humphrey, meaning "giant peace."
Wilfredo - Spanish form of German Wilfried, meaning "desires peace." 
Winfried - German equivalent of Anglo-Saxon Winfrið, meaning "friend of peace."
Wiktoria - Feminine form of Polish Wiktor, meaning "conqueror."
Wanahton - Native American Sioux name meaning "charger."
Wang - Chinese unisex name, possibly meaning perhaps "of royalty."
Wenyang - Chinese name meaning "refined man."
Wladimir - Ukrainian form of Slavic Vladimir, meaning "rules with glory."
Wayna - Quechua name meaning"young."
Wihakayda - Native American Sioux name meaning "little one."
Wymund - Middle English form of Anglo-Saxon Wigmund, meaning "fight-protection."
Weiyuan - Chinese name meaning "flow/river-source."
Wada - Anglo-Saxon name derived from the Old English word wadan, meaning "to go," in the sense of going forward, proceeding. This is the name of a legendary sea giant.
Windsor - English surname transferred to forename use, from a place name in Berkshire originally called Windels-ora, meaning "landing place with a windlass." [note: windlass. naut. a device used for winding ropes.] 
Winona - Native American Dakota name meaning"firstborn daughter." 
Winter - English name derived from the season name, "winter." The word may derive from Proto-Indo-European *wind-,meaning "white."
Werner - Old High German name composed of the tribal name Warin "cover, shelter," from warnôn "to be careful, watchful" and the word hari/heri "army, warrior," hence "Warin warrior," i.e. "covered warrior."
Whitaker - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, from various place names composed of the Old English elements hwit "white" and æcer "cultivated land," hence "white acres."
Wolfgang - German name, composed of the elements wulf "wolf" and gang "a going (i.e. path)," hence "wolf path."
Wolodymyr - Variant spelling of Ukrainian Volodymyr, meaning "peaceful ruler."
Wibeke - Feminine form of German Wiebe, meaning "war."
Wit - Polish form of Roman Latin Vitus, meaning "life."
Willy - Pet form of English Will, meaning "will-helmet."
Willard - English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Wilheard, meaning "strong-willed." 
Walid - Arabic name meaning "to give birth." 
Willie -   Pet form of English William, meaning "will-helmet."
Wybert - Anglo-Saxon name, composed of the Old English elements wig "battle, fight, war" and beorht "bright," hence "bright battle."
Wyatt - English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the medieval personal name Wyot, meaning "hardy warrior." 
Wilbur - Variant spelling of Middle English Wilber, meaning "wild boar."
Woodrow - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements wudu "wood" and raw "line, row," hence "lives in a row of houses by the wood." 
Wekesa - African Bantu name meaning "born during harvest."
Willa - Feminine form of English Will, meaning "will-helmet."
Wyot - Medieval English name derived from Anglo-Saxon Wigheard, meaning "hardy warrior."
Wisdom - English unisex name derived from the vocabulary word, meaning simply "wisdom."
Wilma -   Contracted form of German Wilhelmina, meaning "will-helmet."
Wei - Chinese name meaning 1) "great, mighty," 2) "high, lofty," 3) "hold fast, secure, preserve," 4) "powerful, strong," or 5) "river."
Wayne - English occupational surname transferred to forename use, meaning "cartwright; wagon-maker."
Wil - Short form of Old English names beginning with Wil-, meaning "will."
Wahid - Arabic name meaning "unique."
Wiktor - Polish form of Latin Victor,meaning "conqueror."
Weeko - Native American Sioux name meaning "pretty."
Wine - Anglo-Saxon name meaning"friend." 
Wanda -  Probably a feminine form of German Wendel, meaning"a Wend; a wanderer," a term used torefer to migrant Slavs in the sixth century. 
Wilkie - Pet form of Scottish Gaelic Uilleam, meaning "will-helmet." 
Wilfred -  Variant spelling of Middle English Wilfrid, meaning "desires peace." 
Wolf -   English name derived from the vocabulary word, meaning simply "wolf." 
Werther - Old High German name composed of the elements wert "worthy" and heri "army," hence "worthy army."
Wade -   English topographical surname transferred to forename use, meaning "lives near the river crossing."
Winston - English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Wynnstan, meaning "joy-stone." 
Woody - Pet form of English Woodrow ("lives in a row of houses by the wood"), and other names containing Old English wudu, meaning "wood."
Wisia - Pet form of Polish Jadwiga, meaning "contending battle."
Wafiya - Feminine form of Arabic Wafi, meaning "reliable."
Warwick - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements wær "dam" and wic "dairy farm," hence "lives by the dam near the dairy farm."
Walburga - Variant spelling of Old High German Walburg, meaning "salvation of the slain in battle." 
Wasyl - Variant spelling of Ukrainian Vasyl, meaning "king."
Wauna - Native American Miwok name meaning "singing snow goose."
Wealdhere - Anglo-Saxon equivalent of German Waldheri, composed of the Old English elements weald "to rule, to wield power" and heri "army, host," hence "ruler of the army."
Wenzel - Medieval contracted form of German Wenzeslaus, meaning "more glory."
Wuti - Native American Hopi name meaning "woman."
Waldeburg - Old High German name composed of the elements wala "dead, slain in battle" and burg "help, protection, salvation," hence "salvation of the slain in battle."
Wasim - Arabic name meaning "handsome."
Willow - English name derived from the tree name, "willow." 
Wicasa - Native American Dakota name meaning "sage."
Wikolia - Hawaiian form of Roman Latin Victoria, meaning "conqueror."
Wenceslas - Contracted form of Latin Wenceslaus, meaning "more glory." 
Winnie - Pet form of English Winifred, meaning "holy reconciliation."
Warner - English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the German personal name Werner, meaning "Warin warrior," i.e. "covered warrior."
Wilburn - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, probably from the name of a lost place composed of the Old English elements wella "well, spring" and burn "boiling, bubbling, running water," hence "bubbling stream" or perhaps "boiling spring." 
Wematin - Native American Algonquin name meaning "brother."
Wilber - English surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Middle English elements wild "wild" and bor "boar," hence "wild boar."
Wernher - Variant spelling of Old High German Werner, meaning "Warin warrior," i.e. "covered warrior."
Wim - Pet form of German Wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."
Witashnah - Native American Sioux name meaning "virginal."
Waki - Native American Hopi name meaning "shelter."
Wikimak - Native American Algonquin name meaning "wife."
Woserit - Egyptian name meaning "mighty woman."
Wera - Polish form of Russian Vera, meaning "faith; truth." 
Wendel - Old High German name meaning"a Wend; a wanderer," a term used torefer to migrant Slavs in the sixth century. 
Wilfrid - Middle English form of Anglo-Saxon Wilfrið, meaning "desires peace."
Willelm - Norman French form of Old High German Wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."
Wenzeslaus - German form of Latin Venceslaus, meaning "more glory." 
Warin - Old High German name derived from the word wari(n), meaning "cover, shelter," from warnôn "to be careful, watchful." 
Winifred -  Anglicized form of Welsh Gwenfrewi, meaning "holy reconciliation."
Weldon - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, composed of the Old English elements wella "spring, stream" and dun "hill," hence "spring hill."
Wulfric - Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements wulf "wolf" and ric "power," hence "wolf power."
Wilhelm - Contracted form of Old High German Willahelm, meaning "will-helmet." 
Wakhashem - Egyptian name meaning "little fool."
Wesley - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, from a contracted form of Westley, meaning "western meadow." 
Wakanda - Native American Sioux name meaning "possesses magical power."
Wouter - Dutch form of German Walther, meaning "ruler of the army."
Wimund - Contracted form of Anglo-Saxon Wigmund, meaning "fight-protection."
Wmfre - Variant spelling of Welsh Wmffre, meaning "giant peace."
Wystan - Modern English form of Anglo-Saxon Wigstan, meaning "battle-stone." 
Woden - Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Old Norse Óðinn, derived from proto-Germanic *Wod-enaz-, meaning "eager, frenzied, raging." 
Wojtek - Pet form of Polish Wojciech, meaning "consolation-soldier."
Wambleeska - Native American Sioux name meaning "white eagle."
Wat - Old pet form of English Walter, meaning "ruler of the army."
Ward -  English occupational surname transferred to forename use, derived from Old English weard, meaning "guard, watchman." 
Wuzhou - Chinese name meaning "five continents." 
Wotan - Old German equivalent of Old Norse Óðinn, derived from proto-Germanic *Wod-enaz-, meaning "eager, frenzied, raging." 
Wolfram - German name composed of the elements wulf "wolf" and hramn "raven," hence "wolf-raven."
Wati - Egyptian name meaning "rebel."
Wencheng - Chinese name meaning "refined-complete."
Wyrtgeorn - Anglo-Saxon equivalent of Old Welsh Guorthigern, meaning "high lord" or "overlord."
Walter -  English form of German Walther, meaning "ruler of the army."
Worknesh - African Amharic name meaning "you are like gold."
Walther - Variant spelling of Old High German Walthere, meaning "ruler of the army." In use by the Romani.
Wilton - English surname transferred to forename use, from the name of various places composed of the Old English elements wilig "willow" and tun "enclosure, settlement," hence "willow settlement."
Wohehiv - Native American Cheyenne name meaning "dull knife."
Wenona - English variant spelling of Native American Dakota Winona, meaning "firstborn daughter."
Westley - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, from the name of various places called Westley, composed of the Old English elements west "west" and leah "meadow, pasture," hence "western meadow." 
Wahkan - Native American Sioux name meaning "sacred."
Weisheng - Chinese name meaning "great-success."
Weimin - Chinese name meaning "of the mighty people."
Wilbeorht - Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements wil "desire, will" and beohrt "bright," hence "will-bright."
Weit - Pet form of Dutch Wouter, meaning "ruler of the army."
Warinot - Pet form of Old High German Warin, from the word wari(n), meaning "cover, shelter," from warnôn "to be careful, watchful." 
Wynn -   Variant spelling of English Wynne, meaning "friend."
Wuyi - Native American Miwok name meaning "soaring turkey vulture."
Wapasha - Native American Dakota name meaning"red leaf."
Walborg -  Variant spelling of Old High German Walburg, meaning "salvation of the slain in battle."
Waldo - Pet form of German Waldobert "bright ruler," and other names containing the element wald, meaning "to rule, to wield power."
Walenty - Polish form of Roman Latin Valentinus, meaning "healthy, strong."
Widad - Arabic name meaning "love."
Walahfried - Medieval German name composed of the elements walah "foreigner, stranger" and fried "peace," hence "foreign-peace."
Walery - Polish form of Roman Latin Valerius, meaning "to be healthy, to be strong." 
Wenceslaus - Latin form of Bulgarian Ventsislav, meaning "more glory."
Wiremu - Maori form of English William, meaning "will-helmet." 
Walt - Short form of English Walter, meaning "ruler of the army."
Wincenty - Polish form of Latin Vincentius, meaning "conqueror."
Wilmer -  English surname transferred to forename use, derived from the German personal name Wilmar, meaning "desires fame."
Wilmar - Old High German name composed of the elements willo "desire, will" and mari "famous," hence "desires fame."
Walker -   English name derived from the Scandinavian habitational surname Walkyr, from kiarr, meaning "from the wall by the marsh."
Wiley -   Old English name meaning "water meadow."
Wenling - Chinese name meaning "warm mountain."
Winfrid - Middle English form of Anglo-Saxon Winfrið, meaning "friend of peace."
Wen - Chinese unisex name meaning 1) "warm," or 2)"refined."
Wymond - Variant spelling of Middle English Wymund, meaning "fight-protection." 
Witold - Germanic name composed of the elements witu "wood" and wald "ruler," hence "ruler of the woods."
Wenonah - Variant spelling of English Wenona, meaning "firstborn daughter."
Waleria - Polish form of Roman Latin Valeria, meaning "to be healthy, to be strong." 
Waen - Thai jewelry name meaning "ring."
Wenqian - Chinese name meaning "refined and modest."
Wally - Pet form of English Wallace "foreigner, stranger," especially Celtic or Roman, and Walter "ruler of the army."
Wokaihwokomas - Native American Cheyenne name meaning "white antelope."
Wasswa - African Luganda name meaning "first born of twins."
Wahchintonka - Native American Sioux name meaning "has much practice."
Walburg - Contracted form of Old High German Waldeburg, meaning "salvation of the slain in battle."
Walthere - Variant spelling of Old High German Walthari, meaning "ruler of the army."
Waldis - Norwegian form of Old Norse Valdís, meaning "goddess of the slain in battle."
Wilhelmine - Feminine form of German Wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."
Wendi - Variant spelling of English Wendy, meaning "friend."
Weaver - English habitational surname transferred to forename use, from the name of a place in Cheshire named after the river Weaver which got its name form Old English wefer, meaning "winding."
Willerich - Old High German name composed of the elements willo "desire, will" and ric "power, rule," hence "will-power."
Waheeda - Variant spelling of Arabic Wahida, meaning "unique."
Wioletta - Polish form of Latin Viola, meaning "violet color" or "violet flower."
Will - Short form of English William, meaning "will-helmet."
Wahanassatta - Native American Cheyenne name meaning "he who walks with his toes turned outward."
Wenda - Variant form of English Wendy, meaning "friend."
Wassa - Pet form of Anglo-Saxon Waðsige "hunt-victory" and other names containing the element wað, meaning "hunt."
Waltraud - German name composed of the elements walah "Celtic, foreigner" and thrud "strength," hence "foreign strength."
Wieland - German myth name of a craftsman, composed of the elements wig "battle, fight, war" and land "land, territory," hence "war territory" or "battlefield."
Wikvaya - Native American Hopi name meaning "one who brings."
Weronika - Polish form of Latin Veronica, meaning "bringer of victory."
Wallis - Variant spelling of English Wallace, meaning "foreigner, stranger," especially Celtic or Roman.
Wellamo - Variant spelling of Finnish Vellamo, meaning "to surge, to swell." In mythology, this is the name of a cold-hearted goddessof the sea who dwelled in an underwater palace called Ahtola with her husband Ahto.
Winfrið - Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements wine "friend" and frið "peace," hence "friend of peace."
Wiebke - Feminine form of German Wiebe, meaning "war."
Waldobert - Medieval German name composed of the elements wald "to rule, to wield power" and bert "bright," hence "bright ruler."
Walidah - Egyptian name meaning "newly born."
Willahelm - Old High German name composed of the elements willo "desire, will" and helm "helmet, protection," hence "will-helmet."
Waldheri - Variant spelling of Old High German Walthari, meaning "ruler of the army." 
Wasylyna - Feminine form of Ukrainian Wasyl, meaning "king." 
Walthari - Old High German name composed of the elements waltan "to rule, to wield power " and hari "army, host," hence "ruler of the army."
Wynonna - English variant spelling of Native American Dakota Winona, meaning"firstborn daughter." 
Wiola - Pet form of Polish Wioletta, meaning "violet color" or "violet flower."
Whetu - Maori name meaning "star."
Wayra - NativeAmerican Quechua name meaning "wind."
Willi - Pet form of German Wilhelm, meaning "will-helmet."
Weici - Chinese name meaning "word-river" or perhaps "flow of knowledge."
Walerian - Polish form of Roman Latin Valerianus, meaning "to be healthy, to be strong." 
Wilfrith - Variant spelling of Anglo-Saxon Wilfrið, meaning "desires peace."
Wanikiya - Native American Sioux name meaning "savior."
Waltier - Variant form of Old French Gautier, meaning "ruler of the army."
Wamukota - Egyptian name meaning "left-handed."
Waquini - Native American Cheyenne name meaning "hook nose."
Willafried - Old High German name composed of the elements willo "desire, will" and fried "peace," hence "desires peace."
Willoughby - English surname transferred to forename use, composed of Old English wilig "willow" and Old Norse býr "settlement," hence "willow settlement."
Wynfor - Variant spelling of Welsh Gwynfor,meaning "very fair" or "very holy."
Wilmot - English surname transferred to forename use, possibly a corruption of the French surname Guillemot, from Guillaume (English William), meaning "will-helmet."
Wambli-waste - Native American Dakota name meaning "good eagle."
Wakhakwi - Egyptian name meaning "little fool."
Waldhar - Variant spelling of German Waldheri, meaning "ruler of the army."
Weizhe - Chinese name meaning "secure/preserve-wisdom."
Wainamoinen - Anglicized form of Finnish Väinämöinen, meaning "wide and slow-flowing river."
Watkin - Old Pet form of English Walter, meaning "ruler of the army."
Wilheard - Anglo-Saxon name composed of the Old English elements wil "desire, will" and heard "brave, hardy, strong," hence "strong-willed."
Wayland - English form of German Wieland, meaning "war territory" or "battlefield."
Wisdom - English unisex name derived from the vocabulary word, meaning simply "wisdom." Wisdom is composed of Wis- from the word wise, from proto-Germanic *wisaz "to know" from PIE wittos "to see," and -dom, from Latin domus, from PIE domo "house."
Wisław - Contracted form of Polish Wielisław, meaning "great glory." 
Witołd - Polish name either derived from Germanic Witold, "ruler of the woods" or Lithuanian Vytautas, "pursuer of the people."
Władysław - Polish form of Czech Vladislav, meaning "rules with glory."
Włodek - Pet form of Polish names containing the element włod, meaning "to rule, to wield power."
Włodzimierz - Polish form of Slavic Vladimir, meaning "peaceful ruler."
Włodzisław - Variant spelling of Polish Władysław, meaning "rules with glory." 
Wacława - Feminine form of Polish Wacław, meaning "more glory."
Wicapi wakan - Native American Dakota name meaning "holy star."
Wiesława - Feminine form of Polish Wiesław, meaning "great glory."
Wacław - Polish form of Latin Wenceslaus, meaning"more glory." 
Wisława - Feminine form of Polish Wisław, meaning "great glory." 
Władysława - Feminine form of Polish Władysław, meaning "rules with glory."
Wang - Chinese unisex name, possibly meaning perhaps "of royalty."
Wen - Chinese unisex name meaning 1) "warm," or 2) "refined."
Whitney -  English habitational surname transferred to unisex forename use, from the name of various places derived from the Middle English phrase atten whiten ey ("by the white island"), hence "white island."
Wielisław - Polish name, meaning "great glory." 
Wiesław - Contracted form of Polish Wielisław, meaning "great glory."

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