Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, W names

Wesley

Wesley is an English male name derived from a surname via a place name. It means "west meadow" from Old English west (west) and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow). Nicknames: Wes, West, Lee/Lea Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Westley (English) Westleigh (English) Westlea (English) Weslee (English) Westlee (English)  

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Color, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, W names, White

Whitley

Whitley comes from an English surname meaning "white clearing" or "white meadow" made up from Old English hwit (white) derived from a PIE root word meaning "bright, white"; and Old English lēah (meadow, clearing) also deriving from a PIE root word. It likely derived from a place name perhaps referring to the color of the tree bark. Origin: Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Whitley

Earth, Elements, Emotion/Feelings, Joy, Love/Beloved, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Winston

Winston comes from an English surname derived from a place name with two possible meanings: it could either be derived from Wynnstan, an Old English name meaning "joy stone" from Old English elements wyn (joy) which comes from Proto-Germanic *wunjō (joy, delight, pleasure) derived from PIE *wenh₁- (to love); and stan (stone) which also derives from a PIE root word; Winston may also derive from… Continue reading Winston

Color, Elements, Female, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Seasons, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Water, White, Word names

Winter

Winter is the name for the coldest season of the year that comes from Proto-Germanic *wintruz (winter) though the etymology behind it is uncertain. It's possible that it derives from PIE *wend-, the root word of *wed- (wet, water). It's also possible that it may be derived from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Winter is also a surname, likely originating as a nickname… Continue reading Winter

Animals, Birds, Female, Irish, Male, Proto-Germanic, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Word names, Wren

Wren

Wren is the name of small, brownish songbirds with loud and complex songs. It comes from Old English wrenna from Old High German wrendo, wrendilo via Proto-Germanic wrandijô though the source and etymology of the word is unknown. Wren is also an English surname, likely originating as a nickname for someone who resembled the wren in some way such as being… Continue reading Wren

Color, Male, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White

Wendell

Wendell is an English surname derived from given name Wendel, a short form of Germanic names beginning with wandal meaning "Vandal", referring to a Germanic tribe who invaded Spain and North Africa. Though the etymology of the name is uncertain, it has been linked to Germanic *wandern meaning "to wander" deriving from Proto-Germanic *windaną meaning "to wind, to wrap" from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (to wind, to… Continue reading Wendell

Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Warrick

Warrick comes from an English surname via a place name, a variant spelling of Warwick meaning "dam settlement" or "dwelling by the weir", a weir being a small dam near a river or stream which regulates the flow of water downstream. It's made up from Proto-Germanic warją (dam, weir) and Old English wīċ (settlement; village; dwelling) derived from Germanic *wīk- (settlement, village, dwelling) via… Continue reading Warrick

Arabic, Female, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Word names

Warda

Warda is an Arabic unisex name (though more common for girls) meaning "rose, rosette, rosebush; flower". Warda was also used as a nickname for someone who had a rosy or reddish complexion. Warda is also a Latin word meaning "watch, watchpost, protection" from Frankish *warda via Proto-Germanic *wardō ultimately deriving from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (to heed, notice). Origin: Arabic, Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wardah (Arabic)… Continue reading Warda

Ancient Germanic, Battle/War, German/Germanic, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Walter

Walter comes from Germanic elements wald (ruler, leader, power) from Proto-Germanic *waldaną (to rule) via Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁– (to rule; strong, powerful); and hari (army), also derived from a PIE root word; so the name means "ruler of the army". Walter is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Walt, Wally Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valter (Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Slovene, Croatian, Estonian) Gualtiero… Continue reading Walter

Female, Male, Norman French, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Wallis

Wallis comes from an English surname, a variant spelling of Wallace which is a Scottish and English surname meaning “Welsh” or “foreigner” from Norman French word waleis (foreign), originally used to refer to someone who was a Welshman or who lived at the border between England and Wales. This spelling makes it more of a unisex name than Wallace does. Origin:… Continue reading Wallis

Battle/War, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Wyatt

Wyatt comes from an English surname which comes from a medieval given name, Wyot, from Old English Wigheard made up from Old English elements wig (war, battle) via Proto-Germanic *wīgą (fight, battle) from Proto-Indo-European *weyk-; and heard (brave, hardy) essentially meaning "brave in battle". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wyat (English) Wyot (Medieval English)  

German/Germanic, Kin/Family, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Willis

Willis comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning "son of William", the latter an English given name meaning "desiring protection" or "willful protection" from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Nicknames: Will Origin: Germanic Variants: Willys (English)  

Celtic, Color, Female, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Welsh, White

Wendy

Wendy is often associated with J.M. Barrie's 1904 play (and later novel) Peter Pan and while he is credited with inventing the name, having coined it from a child's expression "fwendy-wendy", the name actually had some use prior to Barrie's play. It may have originally derived as a nickname for Gwendolen meaning "white ring" or "white brow" from Welsh… Continue reading Wendy

Ancient Germanic, German/Germanic, Male, Virtues/Attributes, W names

Wilfrid

Wilfrid is a variant spelling of Wilfred, an English male name meaning "desiring peace" or "desires peace" from Ancient Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and frið (peace). Nicknames: Wil/Will, Wilf Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Wilfred (English) Willifrid (Ancient Germanic) Wilfrith (Anglo-Saxon) Wilfrið (Anglo-Saxon) Guifré (Catalan) Vilfred (Danish) Wilfried (German) Vilfredo (Italian) Wilfredo (Spanish)  

Color, Female, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Welsh, White

Winnifred

Winnifred is a variant spelling of Winifred, the anglicized form of Gwenfrewi, a Welsh female name meaning "blessed peace" or "fair peace" from Welsh elements gwen (white, fair, blessed) and frewi (peace, reconciliation). It may also be related to Winfred, an Old English male name meaning "peaceful friend" or "friend of peace" from wine (friend) and frid (peace). Nicknames: Winnie, Win, Fred, Freddie/Freddy Origin: Welsh… Continue reading Winnifred

Ancient Germanic, Gaulish, Hare/Rabbit, Male, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Word names

Warren

Warren comes from an English surname with a few possible origins: it could be derived from Norman French warrene meaning "animal enclosure" or "game park" possibly originating from Gaulish *varenna (enclosed area) from *varros (stick, post); it may also refer to someone who lived near a game park; it may be derived from a town called La Varenne in Normandy, France;… Continue reading Warren

Elements, Female, Male, Proto-Germanic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, W names, Water, Word names

Wade

Wade comes from an English surname, either derived from Old English wæd meaning "ford" or "shallow water", used to refer to someone who lived near a ford; it comes from Proto-Germanic wadą. Wade may also be derived from an Old English given name, Wada, which comes from Old English wadan meaning "to go" from Proto-Germanic wadaną (to wade, to walk) via Proto-Indo-European *weh₂dʰ- (to… Continue reading Wade