Winnipeg

Winnipeg is the name of a city in Canada and the capital of Manitoba, named after a nearby lake, Lake Winnipeg, which comes from a Cree or Ojibwe language (both of which descend from the Algonquian language) meaning “dirty water” or “muddy/murky water”. Nicknames: Win/Winn, Winnie, Peg Origin: Algonquian  

Wanda

Wanda is a female given name of uncertain origin. It could have derived from Wend, the name of a Germanic tribe.  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 turn). I’ve also seen it linked to Proto-Celtic…

Willard

Willard comes from an English surname via a Germanic personal name made up from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and hard (brave, hardy). Nicknames: Will Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Willihard (Ancient Germanic) Wilheard (Anglo-Saxon)  

Wharton

Wharton comes from an English surname, originally a habitational name for someone who came from any of several places in England; the second part of the name comes from Old English tun meaning “enclosure, settlement” while the first part of the name could be from Waefer meaning “wandering” or “winding”; it could also be derived from Old…

Weston

Weston comes from an English surname via a place name meaning “west town” made up from Old English west (west) and tun (settlement, enclosure). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Westen (English)  

Wednesday

Wednesday comes from Old English wodnesdæg meaning “Woden’s day”, Woden being the Anglo-Saxon version of Odin, the name of the chief god in the Norse pantheon. Odin is an anglicized form of Old Norse Óðinn which comes from óðr meaning “inspiration, rage, frenzy”. It comes from Proto-Germanic *Wodanaz meaning “poetic fury” derived from *wodaz (rage, manic inspiration, mad, furious, possessed). In the nursery rhyme Monday’s…

Willa

Willa is a female given name, a feminine form of William or a short form of Wilhelmina meaning “desiring protection” or “willful protection” from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wylla (English)- a unisex name  

Wael

Wael (pr. wa-el; Forvo) is an Arabic male name of uncertain meaning though possibly meaning “one who takes refuge” or “tribe”. Origin: Arabic Variants: Wa’el (Arabic) Wail (Arabic) Wa’il (Arabic) Wa’eel (Arabic)   Wael- وائل (Arabic)  

Wheeler

Wheeler comes from an English surname, an occupational name for a wheel maker or a wheelwright. It’s made up from Middle English whele (wheel) via Old English hwēol (wheel) which ultimately derives from a PIE root word; + the -er suffix. Origin: Proto-Indo-European