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Names starting with W

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