Surnames Starting with W

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WADE (1)English
Derived from the Old English place name wæd meaning "a ford".
WADE (2)English
From the Old English given name Wada, a derivative of the word wadan "to go".
WAGNERGerman
From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
WAHNERGerman
Variant of WAGNER.
WAKEFIELDEnglish
Originally indicated a person who came from the English city of Wakefield, derived from Old English wacu "wake, vigil" and feld "field".
WALDVOGELJewish
Ornamental name derived from German Wald meaning "forest" and Vogel meaning "bird".
WALENTOWICZPolish
Means "son of WALENTY".
WALKENHORSTGerman
Possibly derived from a German place name Falkenhorst, from Falken meaning "falcons" and Horst meaning "thicket".
WALKEREnglish
Occupational name for a person who walked on damp raw cloth in order to thicken it. It is derived from Middle English walkere, Old English wealcan meaning "to move".
WALLACEScottish, English, Irish
Means "foreigner, stranger, Celt" from Norman French waleis (of Germanic origin). It was often used to denote native Welsh and Bretons. A famous bearer was the 13th-century Sir William Wallace of Scotland.
WALLACHYiddish
From Middle High German walch meaning "foreigner (from a Romance country)".
WALLER (1)English
Derived from Old French gallier meaning "a person with a pleasant temper".
WALLER (2)English
Derived from Old English weall meaning "wall", denoting a builder of walls or someone who lived near a prominent wall.
WALLER (3)English
From Old English well meaning "well, spring, water hole".
WALMSLEYEnglish
Originally denoted a person from the English town of WALMERSLEY.
WALSHEnglish, Irish
From Old English wælisc meaning "foreigner, stranger, Celt".
WALTEREnglish, German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTERSEnglish
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTERSONEnglish
Means "son of WALTER".
WALTHERGerman
From the given name WALTHER.
WALTONEnglish
From the name of any of several villages in England, derived from Old English wealh "foreigner, Celt", weald "forest", weall "wall", or well "well, spring, water hole" combined with tun "enclosure".
WALTZGerman
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)German, Dutch
From Middle High German and Middle Dutch wange meaning "cheek", possibly a nickname for someone with round or rosy cheeks.
WANG (3)German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning "grassy slope, meadow".
WANG (4)Yiddish
Name for a Jew from Hungary, ultimately from Russian Венгрия (Vengriya) "Hungary".
WARD (1)English
Derived from Old English weard meaning "guard, guardian".
WARD (2)Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Mac an Bhaird which means "son of the bard".
WARDROBEEnglish
From Old French warder "to guard" and robe "garment", an occupational name for a servant responsible for the clothing in a household.
WARE (1)English
From Old English wer meaning "dam, weir", indicating someone who lived near such a structure.
WARE (2)English
From the Middle English nickname ware meaning "wary, astute, prudent".
WARREN (1)English
Denoted a person who lived near a warren, from Norman French warrene meaning "animal enclosure" (of Germanic origin).
WARREN (2)English
Originally denoted a person from the town of La Varenne in Normandy, which may derive from a Gaulish word meaning "sandy soil".
WARSZAWSKIPolish, Jewish
Place name for someone from the Polish city of Warsaw, itself derived from the given name Warsz, a short form of WARCISŁAW.
WARWICKEnglish
From the name of an English town, itself derived from Old English wer "weir, dam" and wíc "village, town".
WASHEnglish
Derived from the Norman name WAZO.
WASHINGTONEnglish
From a place name meaning "settlement belonging to Wassa's people", from the given name WASSA and Old English tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town". A famous bearer was George Washington (1732-1799), the first president of the United States.
WATANABEJapanese
From Japanese (wataru) meaning "cross, ferry" and (be) meaning "edge, side".
WATERMAN (1)English
Means "servant of WALTER".
WATERMAN (2)English, Dutch
Occupational name 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)English
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WATKINSEnglish
Derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, which was a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATSONEnglish, Scottish
Patronymic derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATTEnglish
Derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATTANAThai
From Thai วัฒน (wathan) meaning "culture".
WATTSEnglish
Patronymic derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WAUTERSDutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WAXWEILERGerman
Denoted a person from Waxweiler, a village in the Eifel region of Germany.
WAYEnglish
From Old English weg meaning "way, road, path".
WAYNEEnglish
Occupational name meaning "wagon maker, cartwright", derived from Old English wægn "wagon". A famous bearer was the American actor John Wayne (1907-1979).
WEAVER (1)English
Occupational name for a weaver, derived from Old English wefan "to weave".
WEAVER (2)English
From the name of the River Weaver, derived from Old English wefer meaning "winding stream".
WEBBEnglish
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
WEBERGerman
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEBSTEREnglish
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
WECHSLERGerman, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker", from German wechseln "to exchange".
WEDEKINDGerman
From the given name WIDUKIND.
WEEBERGerman
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEEKESEnglish
Derived from Old English wíc meaning "village, town".
WEGENERLow German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEGNERLow German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEHNERGerman
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHUNTGerman
Americanized form of German WIEGAND.
WEIGANDGerman
From the given name WIEGAND.
WEIMANNGerman
From German Wein meaning "wine", an occupational name for a wine seller or producer.
WEINERGerman
Variant of WAGNER.
WEISSGerman
From Middle High German wiz meaning "white". This was originally a nickname for a person with white hair or skin.
WEIßGerman
Variant of WEISS.
WELCHEnglish
Variant of WALSH.
WELLSEnglish
Derived from Middle English welle meaning "well, spring, water hole".
WELTERGerman
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WEMBLEYEnglish
From the name of a town, now part of Greater London, meaning "WEMBA's clearing" in Old English.
WENChinese
From Chinese (wén) meaning "literature, culture, writing".
WENDELGerman
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WENDELLGerman
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WERNERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WERNHERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WESTEnglish, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
WESTBROOKEnglish
From the name of places in England, derived from Old English west "west" and broc "brook, stream".
WESTCOTTEnglish
From any of the several English towns by this name, derived from Old English meaning "west cottage".
WESTENBERGDutch
Means "west of the mountain", originally referring to a person who lived there.
WESTERBERGSwedish
Derived from Swedish väster "west" and berg "mountain".
WESTLEYEnglish
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English west "west" and leah "woodland, clearing".
WETZELGerman
From the given name WENZEL.
WHALENIrish
Variant of WHELAN.
WHEELEREnglish
Occupational name for a maker of wagon wheels, derived from Middle English whele "wheel".
WHEELOCKEnglish
Originally indicated a person from the town of Wheelock, England. It was named for the nearby River Wheelock, which is derived from Welsh chwylog meaning "winding".
WHELANIrish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Faoláin meaning "descendant of FAOLÁN".
WHINERYEnglish
From Middle English whin "gorse bush" and wray "nook of land".
WHITAKEREnglish
From a place name composed of Old English hwit "white" and æcer "field".
WHITEEnglish
Originally a nickname for a person who had white hair or a pale complexion, from Old English hwit "white".
WHITNEYEnglish
Originally from the name of an English town, meaning "white island" in Old English.
WHITTEMOREEnglish
From various English place names derived from Old English hwit "white" and mor "moor, heath, bog".
WHITTLEEnglish
From various English place names derived from Old English hwit "white" and hyll "hill".
WIATERPolish
Derived from Polish wiatr "wind", a nickname for a quick person.
WICKHAMEnglish
From any of various towns by this name in England, notably in Hampshire. They are derived from Old English wíc "village, town" (of Latin origin) and ham "home, settlement".
WIECKGerman
Means "village, town", derived from Latin vicus.
WIEGANDGerman
From the given name WIEGAND.
WILBUREnglish
From the nickname Wildbor meaning "wild boar" in Middle English.
WILCOXEnglish
From a diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILDGRUBEGerman
From the name of a German town, derived from German wild "wild, untamed" and Grube "hollow, pit".
WILKERSONEnglish
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILKIEEnglish
Double diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILKINSEnglish
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILKINSONEnglish
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILLARDEnglish
From the given name WILHEARD or WILLIHARD.
WILLEMSDutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILLEMSEDutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILLEMSENDutch
Means "son of WILLEM".
WILLIAMEnglish
Derived from the given name WILLIAM.
WILLIAMSEnglish
Means "son of WILLIAM".
WILLIAMSONEnglish
Means "son of WILLIAM".
WILLISEnglish
Derived from the given name WILLIAM. A famous bearer of this surname is actor Bruce Willis (1955-).
WILLOUGHBYEnglish
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English wilig meaning "willow" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement".
WILMEREnglish
Derived from the given name WILMǢR.
WILMSDutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILSONEnglish
Means "son of WILL".
WILTONEnglish
From any of the English towns named WILTON.
WINCHESTEREnglish
From an English place name, derived from Venta, of Celtic origin, and Latin castrum meaning "camp, fortress".
WINFIELDEnglish
From a place name derived from Old English winn "meadow, pasture" and feld "field".
WINKLERGerman
Derived from Old High German winkil meaning "corner".
WINOGRADJewish
Jewish form of VINOGRADOV.
WINOGRODZKIPolish
Polish cognate of VINOGRADOV.
WINSHIPEnglish
Possibly denoted a person who came from Wincheap Street in Canterbury, England. It is uncertain origin, possibly meaning "wine market" in Old English.
WINSLOWEnglish
Derived from an Old English place name meaning "hill belonging to WINE".
WINSTONEnglish
Derived from the given name WYNNSTAN.
WINTEREnglish, German, Swedish
From Old English winter or Old High German wintar meaning "winter". This was a nickname for a person with a cold personality.
WINTERBOTTOMEnglish
From Old English winter meaning "winter" and botm meaning "ground, soil, bottom". This name probably referred to a winter pasture at the bottom of a lowland valley.
WINTHERDanish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish variant of WINTER.
WINTHROPEnglish
Habitational name from the place names WINTHROPE (1) or WINTHROPE (2).
WINTONEnglish
Derived from the name of several English villages. Their names derive from Old English meaning "enclosure belonging to WINE".
WIRNERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WIRNHIERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WIRTGerman
Variant of WIRTH.
WIRTHGerman, Jewish
Occupational name for an innkeeper, derived from German wirt meaning "host".
WITHERSPOONEnglish
Originally given to a person who dwelt near a sheep enclosure, from Middle English wether "sheep" and spong "strip of land".
WOJEWODAPolish
From the Polish title wojewoda meaning "governor, voivode" (originally meaning "warlord").
WOLANSKIPolish
Denoted a person who came from one of the places in Poland called Wola or Wolany, derived from the given name Wolan meaning "to want".
WOLFGerman, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.
WOLFEEnglish
Variant of WOLF.
WOLTERGerman
From the given name WALTER.
WOLTERSDutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WOMACKEnglish
Of uncertain origin. One theory suggests that it indicated a dweller by a hollow oak tree, derived from Old English womb "hollow" and ac "oak".
WONG (1)Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of WANG (1).
WONG (2)Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of HUANG.
WOODEnglish, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a forest, derived from Old English wudu "wood".
WOODCOCKEnglish
Nickname referring to the woodcock bird.
WOODHAMEnglish
Indicated a person who had a home near a wood, derived from Old English wudu "wood" and ham "home".
WOODROWEnglish
From a place name meaning "row of houses by a wood" in Old English.
WOODWARDEnglish
Occupational name for a forester, meaning "ward of the wood" in Old English.
WOOTTONEnglish
Derived from Old English wudu "wood" and tun "enclosure, town".
WÖRNERGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WÖRNHÖRGerman
From the given name WERNER.
WORTHAMEnglish
Derived from the name of a town in Suffolk, England meaning "enclosed homestead".
WOUTERSDutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WRAGGEEnglish
Derived from the Old Danish given name Wraghi, a variant of VRAGI.
WRAYEnglish
Originally denoted someone who came from any of the various places of this name in northern England, from Old Norse vrá meaning "corner, nook".
WRIGHT (1)English
From Old English wyrhta meaning "wright, maker", 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 DROIT.
WRONAPolish
Derived from Polish wrona meaning "crow".
WRONSKIPolish
Derived from Polish wrona meaning "crow".
WRUCKGerman
From Middle Low German wrok meaning "cantankerous".
WUChinese
From Chinese () which refers to the ancient state of Wu, which was located in present-day Jiangsu province.
WUOPIOSwedish
Means uncertain, possibly referred to a dweller in a narrow bay with steep shores.
WYATTEnglish
From the medieval given name WYOT.
WYMANEnglish
From the Old English given name WIGMUND.
WYNDHAMEnglish
From the name of the town of Wymondham, meaning "home belonging to Wigmund", from the given name WIGMUND combined with Old English ham meaning "home".
WYNNEEnglish
Derived from the given name WINE.
WYRICKPolish
Americanized form of WYRZYK.
WYRZYKOWSKIPolish
Possibly from the Polish place name Wyrzyki, of uncertain meaning, maybe "away from the river".