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

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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

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

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

Wilma

Wilma is a female name, originally used as a short form of Wilhelmina, the feminine form of German Wilhelm meaning "willfull protection" or "desiring protection" composed from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). It  could also be a feminine form of William. Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Wilhelmina (Dutch, German, English) Willa (English) Wilhelmine (German) Wilhelma (German) Vilma (Spanish, Hungarian, German, Swedish, … Continue reading Wilma

Winifry

Winifry could be a variant form of Winifred, the anglicized form of Welsh given name Gwenfrewi. The first part of the name comes from Welsh gwen meaning "fair, blessed, white" while the second element frewi might mean "reconciliation, peace" so Winifry essentially means "fair peace" or "blessed peace". However, Winifry could also be a feminine variant form of Winfred, an Old English male … Continue reading Winifry

Wilhelmina

Wilhelmina is the feminine form of Wilhelm, the German cognate of William meaning "willful protection" or "desiring protection" made up from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection". Nicknames: Will, Mina, Willie/Willy Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Wilhelmine (German) Wilhelma (German) Wilma (German, Dutch, English) Vilma (Spanish, Hungarian, German, Swedish, Finnish, Czech, Slovak, Coatian) Vilhelmiina (Finnish) Vilhelmina (Lithuanian, Swedish) Willamina (English) … Continue reading Wilhelmina

Walburga

Walburga is an ancient Germanic name meaning "ruler of the fortress" from Germanic elements wald (power, leader, ruler) and burg (fortress, castle). Origin: Germanic Variants: Waldeburg (Ancient Germanic) Valpuri (Finnish) Walpurga (Germanic)