Surnames Starting with W

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WADE (1)     English
Derived from the Old English place name wade meaning "a ford".
WADE (2)     English
From the Old English given name Wada, a derivative of the word wadan "to go".
WÄGNER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAGNER     German
From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
WÄHNER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAHNER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAKEFIELD     English
Originally indicated a person who came from the town of Wakefield, which means literally "field for the yearly wake or festival".
WALDFOGEL     German, Jewish
Means "forest bird", derived from the Old High German words wald meaning "forest" and fogal meaning "bird".
WALDROUP     Scottish
Variant of WARDROBE.
WALDVOGEL     German, Jewish
Variant of WALDFOGEL.
WALENTOWICZ     Polish
Means "son of WALENTY".
WALKENHORST     German
Derived from the place name Falkenhorst in Germany, which means "wooded hill inhabited by falcons".
WALKER     English
Occupational surname for a person who walked on damp raw cloth in order to thicken it. It is derived from Middle English walkere, Old English wealcan.
WALLACE     Scottish, English, Irish
Means "foreigner, stranger" from the Norman French waleis. It was often used to denote native Welsh and Bretons. A famous bearer was the 13th-century Sir William Wallace of Scotland.
WALLACH     Yiddish
From Middle High German walhe, walch "foreigner from a Romance country", probably a nickname for someone from Italy.
WALLER (1)     English
Derived from Old French gallier meaning "man with a pleasant temper".
WALLER (2)     English
Derived from Middle English walle denoting a builder of walls. Sometimes the name may be derived from Middle English welle meaning "(dweller by a) stream".
WALLIS     Scottish, English
Variant of WALLACE.
WALMSLEY     English
From an English place name meaning "a clearing in a wood, near a lake".
WALSH     English, Irish
Means "Celtic", from Middle English walsche "foreigner" (related to Welsh).
WALTER     English, German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTERS     English
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTERSON     English
Means "son of WALTER".
WALTERSSON     Swedish
Variant of WALTERSON.
WALTHER     German
From the given name WALTHER.
WALTON     English
From any of several villages in England, from Old English wald "wood", wall "wall", or wælla "stream, spring" and ton "town".
WALTZ     German
From a diminutive of the given name WALTHER.
WANG (1)     Chinese
From Chinese (wáng) meaning "king, monarch". This is the most common surname in China.
WANG (2)     Dutch
Nickname for someone with round or rosy cheeks, from Middle Dutch waenge, "cheek".
WANG (3)     German
Place name for someone who lived on or near a grassy area, from Middle German wang, literally "cheek", but also in southern German having the sense "grassy slope or field".
WANG (4)     Yiddish
Nickname for a Jew from Hungary, ultimately from Russian Vengria "Hungary".
WARD (1)     English
Derived from the Old English occupation weard meaning "guard, watchman".
WARD (2)     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac an Bhaird which means "son of the bard".
WARD (3)     Yiddish
Adopted by bearers of Yiddish surnames like WARSZAWSKI or WARSHAWSKY, which start with a sound similar to English Ward.
WARD (4)     English
Americanized form of French GUÉRIN.
WARDROBE     English
Means "warder of the robes", from Old French warder, garder "to watch" and robe.
WARE     English
Most examples of this surname are probably derived from Old English wær meaning "(dweller by the) dam, weir". Some instances may stem from the Middle English nickname war(e) meaning "wary, astute, prudent".
WARNER     German, English
Variant of WERNER.
WARREN (1)     English
Denoted a person who lived near a warrene, Norman French meaning "animal enclosure" (of Germanic origin).
WARREN (2)     English
Originally denoted a person from the town of La Varenne in Normandy.
WARRICK     English
Variant of WARWICK.
WARSHAWSKY     Yiddish
Yiddish or American spelling of WARSZAWSKI.
WARSZAWSKI     Polish
Place name for someone from the city of Warsaw, which became the capital of Poland after the destruction of Kraków by fire.
WARWICK     English
From the name of a town, itself derived from Old English wer "weir, dam" and wic "dairy farm".
WASH     English
Derived from the Old French name Gace, Old German Wazzo and Frisian Watso which all are diminutives of Old German names beginning with Wad- or Warin-.
WASHINGTON     English
From a place name meaning "town belonging to Wassa's people", from Old English tun meaning "enclosure", and Wassa, a given name derived from Wāðsige, composed of the elements wāð "hunt" and sige "victory"... [more]
WASYLYK     Ukrainian
Derived from the given name WASYL.
WASYLYSHYN     Ukrainian
Means "son of WASYL".
WATANABE     Japanese
From Japanese (wataru) meaning "cross, ferry" and (be) meaning "edge, side".
WATERMAN (1)     English
Means "servant of WALTER".
WATERMAN (2)     English, Dutch
Occupational surname for a boatman or a water carrier. It could also describe a person who lived by water.
WATERS (1)     English
Originally given to a person who lived near the water.
WATERS (2)     Scottish
Patronymic form of WALTER.
WATKINS     English
Derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, which was a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATSON     English, Scottish
Patronymic form of the English and Scottish name Watt, which came from the popular Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATT     English
Derived from the given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATTS     English
Patronymic derived from the given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WAUTERS     Dutch
Variant of WOLTERS.
WAWRZASZEK     Polish
Means "son of WAWRZYNIEC".
WAXWEILER     German
Denoted a person from Waxweiler, a village in the Eifel region of Germany just north of Trier.
WAY     English
Originally given to a person who lived near a road (a way).
WAYNE     English
Occupational name meaning "wagon maker, cartwright", derived from Old English wægn "wagon". A famous bearer was actor John Wayne (1907-1979).
WEAVER     English
Occupational name meaning simply "weaver" from Old English wefan, Middle English weven. Some examples of the surname may derive from the River Weaver, from Old English wefer meaning "winding stream".
WEBB     English
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba.
WEBER     German
Variant of WEEBER, used more commonly today in Germany.
WEBSTER     English
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba.
WECHSLER     German, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker" from the German word Geldwechsler "money changer".
WEDEKIND     German
From an Old German given name composed of the elements witu "woods" and chind "child".
WEEBER     German
Means "weaver" in German.
WEEKES     English
Means "dweller in an outlying settlement (dependent on a larger village)" from Old English wic.
WEGENER     Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEGNER     Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEHNER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHNERT     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHUNT     German
Americanized form of German WIEGAND.
WEIGAND     German
Variant of WIEGAND.
WEIMAN     German
Means "wine seller, producer" from German Wein, Middle High German wîn.
WEINER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEISS     German
From Middle High German wiz meaning "white". This was originally a nickname for a person with white hair or skin.
WEIß     German
Variant of WEISS.
WELCH     English
Variant of WALSH.
WELLS     English
Derived from Middle English welle meaning "well". This was a name for someone who lived near a spring or stream.
WELTER     German
Variant of WALTER.
WEMBLEY     English
From the name of a town, now part of Greater London, meaning "WEMBA's clearing" in Old English.
WEN     Chinese
From Chinese (wén) meaning "literature, culture, writing".
WENDEL     German
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WENDELL     German
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WENTRCEK     Czech
Referred to one whose characteristics made him stand out, such as being taller or shorter than normal, bald-headed, more clever, more stubborn, and so on. The origins of the name are limited to the eastern Moravian villages of Zadverice, Zelechovice or Slusovice.
WERNER     German
From the German given name WERNER.
WERNHER     German
Variant of WERNER.
WESCOTT     English
From a place name which meant "west cottages" in Old English.
WESLEY     English
Variant of WESTLEY.
WEST     English, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
WESTBROOK     English
From a place in southern England (Hampshire, Devon) meaning "from west of the brook".
WESTENBERG     Dutch
Dutch form of WESTERBERG.
WESTERBERG     Swedish, German
Means "west of the mountain", originally referring to a person who lived there.
WESTLEY     English
From a place name meaning "west meadow" in Old English.
WETTERMAN     German
Means "weatherman", perhaps referring to someone who foretold the weather, from German wetter.
WETZEL     German
From the given name WENZEL.
WEXLER     German, Jewish
Variant of WECHSLER.
WHALEN     Irish
Variant of WHELAN.
WHEELER     English
Occupational name for a maker of wagon wheels.
WHEELOCK     English
Originally indicated a person from Wheelock (Cheshire), England. It is derived from the Welsh words chevel-og meaning "winding river".
WHELAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Faoláin meaning "descendant of FAOLÁN".
WHINERY     English
Originally indicated a person from Whinneray (Cumbria), England.
WHITAKER     English
From an Old English place name composed of hwit "white" and aecer "acre".
WHITE     English
Originally a nickname for a person who had white hair or a pale complexion, from Old English hwit "white".
WHITNEY     English
Originally from a place name meaning "white island" in Old English.
WHITTEMORE     English
From an English place name derived from Old English hwit "white" and mor "moor, bog".
WHITTLE     English
Means "white hill".
WIATER     Polish
Derived from Polish wiatr "wind".
WICKHAM     English
Habitational name from any of various places so called, for example in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Hampshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire... [more]
WIECK     German
Means "dweller in an outlying settlement that was dependent on a larger village" from Latin vicus.
WIEGAND     German
From the Breton given name Wiucon meaning "noble and worthy".
WILBUR     English
From the nickname Wildbor meaning "wild boar" in Middle English.
WILCOX     English
From a diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILDGRUBE     German
Possibly means "dweller by the wild animal's den" from German wild "wild, untamed" and grube "hollow, pit".
WILKERSON     English
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILKIE     English
Double diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILKINS     English
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILKINSON     English
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILLARD     English
From the given name WILHEARD or WILLIHARD.
WILLEMS     Dutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILLEMSE     Dutch
Variant of WILLEMS.
WILLEMSEN     Dutch
Variant of WILLEMS.
WILLIAM     English
Derived from the given name WILLIAM.
WILLIAMS     English
Means "son of WILLIAM".
WILLIAMSON     English
Means "son of WILLIAM".
WILLIS     English
Derived from the given name WILLIAM. A famous bearer of this surname is actor Bruce Willis (1955-).
WILLOUGHBY     English
From Old English wilig meaning "willow" plus Old Norse byr meaning "farm, village". The full meaning is "willow farm" or "farm in the willows".
WILMER     English
Derived from the given name WILMǢR.
WILMS     Dutch
Variant of WILLEMS.
WILSON     English
Means "son of WILL".
WILTON     English
From a place name meaning either "willow town" or "town on the River Wylye" in Old English. The river name is itself of Celtic origin, possibly meaning "tricky".
WINCHESTER     English
From an English place name, derived from the given name Venta, of unknown meaning, combined with Latin castra "encampment".
WINFIELD     English
From a place name derived from Old English wynn "meadow" and feld "field".
WINOGRAD     Polish
Means "vineyard" in Polish. The name probably referred to a person who worked at a vineyard or lived near one.
WINOGRODZKI     Polish
Variant of WINOGRAD.
WINSHIP     English
Originally denoted a person who lived on Wincheap Street in Canterbury, England.
WINSLOW     English
Derived from an Old English place name meaning "hill belonging to WINE".
WINSTON     English
Derived from the Old English name Wynstan meaning "joy stone".
WINTER     English, German, Swedish
From Old English winter or Old High German wintar (Middle High German winter) meaning "winter". This was the name of farmers who had to deliver their taxes in the winter and of farmers who had their fields in the north of the village.
WINTERBOTTOM     English
From bottom meaning "vale, lowland". This name probably referred to a winter pasture in a lowland valley.
WINTHER (1)     German
From the German given name Winther (Old High German winid "Wend, Sorb" and heri "army").
WINTHER (2)     German
Variant of WINTER.
WINTHROP     English
Habitational name from the place names WINTHROPE (1) or WINTHROPE (2).
WINTON     English
Derived from the name of several English villages. Their names derive from Old English meaning "enclosure belonging to WINE".
WIRNER     German
Variant of WERNER.
WIRNHIER     German
Variant of WERNER.
WIRT     German
Variant of WIRTH.
WIRTH     German, Jewish
Means "innkeeper", derived from German Wirt meaning "host".
WITHERSPOON     English
Originally given to a person who dwelt at or near a sheep enclosure, Middle English wether "sheep" and spong "strip of land".
WOJDA     Polish
Variant of WOJEWÓDKA.
WOJEWÓDKA     Polish
Derived from Polish wojewóda "voivode".
WOJEWÓDZKI     Polish
Derived from Polish wojewóda "voivode".
WOLANSKI     Ukrainian
Denoted a person who came from one of the places in Poland called Wola, Wolany. It sometimes is derived from the Polish given name Wolan meaning "to want".
WOLF     German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf".
WOLFE     English
Means "wolf" either from the many Germanic names beginning with the element wolf or as a nickname.
WOLFF     German, Norwegian, Jewish
Variant of WOLF.
WOLTER     German
Variant of WALTER.
WOLTERS     Dutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WOMACK     English
Of uncertain origin. One theory suggests that it means "dweller by a hollow oak tree" from Old English wamb, womb meaning "hollow" and oc, ac "oak"... [more]
WONG (1)     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of WANG (1).
WONG (2)     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of HUANG.
WOOD     English, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a wood or forest, derived from Middle English wode.
WOODCOCK     English
Nickname referring to the woodcock bird.
WOODHAM     English
Means "from the home near the wood", derived from Old English wudu "wood" and ham "home".
WOODHAMS     English
Variant of WOODHAM.
WOODS     English, Scottish
Variant of WOOD.
WOODWARD     English
Occupational surname meaning "ward of the wood" or "guardian of the wood".
WOOTTON     English
Derived from Old English wadu-tun meaning "farm in or near a wood".
WÖRNER     German
Variant of WERNER.
WÖRNHÖR     German
Variant of WERNER.
WORTHAM     English
Derived from a place name in Suffolk, England meaning "enclosed homestead".
WOUTERS     Dutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WRAGGE     English
Derived from the Old Danish given name Wraghi.
WRAY     English
Denoted someone who hailed from any of the various places of that name in northern England, from Old Norse vrá meaning "corner, recess".
WRIGHT (1)     English
From Old English wryhta meaning "worker", an occupational name for someone who was a craftsman. Famous bearers were Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the first successful airplane.
WRIGHT (2)     English
Americanized form of French Le Droit, a nickname for an upright person, from Old French droit "right".
WRONSKI     Polish
Derived from the Russian name Vorona "crow".
WRUCK     German
Nickname from Middle Low German wruk or wrok meaning "cantankerous". Alternatively it could be related to the German word wruck meaning "root of a tree" or "beetroot".
WU     Chinese
From Chinese () which refers to the ancient state of Wu, which was located in present-day Jiangsu province.
WUOPIO     Finnish
Means "dweller in a narrow bay with steep shores".
WYATT     English
From the medieval given name WYOT.
WYGHT     English
Means "agile, strong" from Middle English wiht, wight. Sometimes it can refer to people hailing from the Isle of Wight.
WYMAN (1)     English
From the Old English given name WIGMUND.
WYMAN (2)     German
Americanized form of WEIMAN.
WYNDHAM     English
From a place name meaning "home belonging to Winda", from the given name Winda combined with Old English ham meaning "home". It could also come from the place called Wymondham in Norfolk, England.
WYNNE     English
Derived from the given name WINE.
WYRICK     Polish
Americanized form of WYRZYK.
WYRZYK     Polish
Derived from the given name Wyrzyk which is of unknown meaning.
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