African, Color, Female, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, W names, White, Word names

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… Continue reading Wanda

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

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… Continue reading Wharton

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

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

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

Willow

Willow comes from Old English welig from Proto-Germanic *wiligaz via Proto-Indo-European *wel meaning "to turn, to wind, twist". Willow is the name of a tree or shrub from the genus Salix, which grows along damp or watery areas. They are tough and flexible. It's also a surname originally referring to somone who lived near a willow tree. Origin: Proto-Indo-European  … Continue reading Willow