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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Color, Female, Old English, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, W names, Welsh, White

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

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

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