Willis

Willis comes from an English surname, a patrynomic surname meaning "son of William", the latter an English given name meaning "desiring protection" or "willful protection" from Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and helm (helmet, protection). Nicknames: Will Origin: Germanic Variants: Willys (English)  

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Wilfrid

Wilfrid is a variant spelling of Wilfred, an English male name meaning "desiring peace" or "desires peace" from Ancient Germanic elements wil (will, desire) and frið (peace). Nicknames: Wil/Will, Wilf Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants: Wilfred (English) Willifrid (Ancient Germanic) Wilfrith (Anglo-Saxon) Wilfrið (Anglo-Saxon) Guifré (Catalan) Vilfred (Danish) Wilfried (German) Vilfredo (Italian) Wilfredo (Spanish)  

Wayne

Wayne comes from an English surname, an occupational name for someone who was a cartwright, someone who made carts and wagons though it could also have been used to refer to someone who lived near a cartwright. It comes from Old English wægen meaning "wagon". Origin: Old English  

Wallace

Wallace comes from 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. Nicknames: Wally/Wallie Origin: Norman French Variants: Wallis (English) Walleis Waleis  

Warren

Warren comes from an English surname with a few possible origins: it could be derived from Norman French warrene meaning "animal enclosure" or "game park" possibly originating from Gaulish *varenna (enclosed area) from *varros (stick, post); it may also refer to someone who lived near a game park; it may be derived from a town called La Varenne in Normandy, France; … Continue reading Warren

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

Wolf

Wolf comes from Proto-Germanic *wulfaz via Proto-Indo-European *wĺ̥kʷos (wolf). It's used to refer to the animal, wolves have long been a symbol of the wild and untamed, but also dangerous and predatory. Wolf can also be a nickname for names such as Wolfgang (meaning "wolf path") and Wolfram (meaning "wolf raven), as well as also being a surname. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Wulf … Continue reading Wolf

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

Wynstan

Wynstan is a variant spelling of Wynnstan, an Old English name meaning "joy stone" from elements wynn (joy) and stan (stone). It could also be a variant spelling of Winston, which could either be derived from Wynnstan, or else it derives from the name of a town made up from Old English wine/win (friend) and tun (settlement) meaning "friend's settlement" or "Wine's settlement", Wine being a personal given … Continue reading Wynstan

Waldo

Waldo comes from Old Germanic element wald meaning "power, ruler, leader". It's also a surname derived from the same source. Origin: Ancient Germanic