Wen

Wen is a Chinese unisex name with a variety of meanings depending on the characters used: wén 文 “literature, culture, writing”; wén 雯 “multicolored clouds”; There are likely other meanings depending on the characters used. Wen is also a Chinese surname and has various meanings depending on the characters used: wén 文 “literature, culture, writing”; wēn 温 “warm; to review”; wén 聞 “to hear; to…

Wildred

Wildred seems to be a very rare name which seems to be made up of Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and dred/þryð (strength) so essentially meaning “desiring strength” or “willful strength”. It seems to have been used as a unisex name. Wildred also seems to be a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wildrid (English)…

Whitney

Whitney comes from an English surname, originally a locational name for someone who came from a place called Whitney. It means “white island”, made up from Old English elements hwit (white) and eg (island), and can be used as a unisex name. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Whitnee (English) Whitni (English) Witney (English)  

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…

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  

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  

Waverly

Waverly is an English unisex name though the meaning behind it is a bit tricky. Most sites I’ve gone to list it as meaning “quaking aspen” or “field of quaking aspens”. I know that -ley is a popular element in place names, coming from Old English lēah (wood, clearing, meadow). The first element is a little unclear….

Wylda

Wylda is a female given name, a variant spelling of Wilda, which is a German locational surname from someone who came from any place called Wildau. It could possibly be derived from Middle High German wilde meaning “wild” derived from a PIE root word. Of course, Wilda/Wylda could just be a feminized form of the English word wild referring to something…