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  

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…

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….

Wynne

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

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

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…

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…

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)…