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Names starting with W

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