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 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 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 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  


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…


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 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….


Wynne is an English unisex given name which seems to be derived from Welsh gwyn meaning “blessed, fair, white” deriving from Proto-Celtic *windos (white). Wynne may also derive from another source, from Old English wine (friend, lord, protector) via Proto-Germanic *winiz (loved one, friend) derived from a PIE root word. Wynne is also a surname derived from the given name. Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European…


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…


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…