Submitted Surnames Starting with W

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WAARA Finnish
Ornamental, from (vaara) meaning, “range of hills.”
WACHTER German, Dutch
Occupational name for a watchman, from Middle High German wachtære, wehtære, Middle Dutch wacht(e)re. (cf. WAITE).
WACHTMANN German
Occupational name for a watchman.
WACKER German
From a nickname for a bold or energetic person, from Middle High German wacker meaning ‘fresh’, ‘lively’, ‘brave’, or ‘valiant’.
WACKERMAN English (American), German
From the Americanized spelling of German Wackermann, a variant of Wacker, with the addition of Middle High German man, meaning ‘man’.
WACŁAWSKI Polish
A habitational surname for someone from a place named Wacławice or a place called Wacławów, which were all named from the personal name Wacław.
WADA Japanese
Wa means "Harmony, Peace, Japan" and Da means "Rice Field, Patty/ Paddy".
WADDINGTON English
Habitational name from any of various places called Waddington. One near Clitheroe in Lancashire and another in Lincolnshire (Wadintune in Domesday Book) were originally named in Old English as the "settlement" (Old English tūn) associated with Wada.
WADIA Indian (Parsi)
Parsi surname possibly derived from Wadia, the name of a village in Gujarat.
WADSWORTH English
Location name from Yorkshire meaning "Wæddi's enclosure or settlement" with Wæddi being an old English personal name of unknown meaning plus the location element -worth. Notable bearer is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) for whom the middle name was his mother's maiden name.
WADZANAI Shona
Wadzanai means "Have fellowship, visit each other, be on good terms". The name may be given as a call to family to come together in fellowship, visiting and being on good terms
WAGAHARA Japanese
Waga possibly from Waka meaning "Young" + Hara ("Plain").
WAGENMANN German
Occupational name from Middle High German wagenman ‘hauler’, ‘wagoner’.
WAGGONER German
German name; variant of Wagner
WAGHDHARE Indian
A Marathi surname meaning "Tiger Catcher"
WAGLE Norwegian
A habitational name derived from farmsteads in Rogaland named Vagle, from the Old Norse vagl meaning a '‘perch’' or '‘roost'’, referring to a high ridge between two lakes.
WAHL German, Jewish
From Middle High German Walhe, Walch "foreigner from a Romance country", hence a nickname for someone from Italy or France, etc. This surname is also established in Sweden.
WAHLBERG German, Swedish, Norwegian
Wahlberg is a topographic surname composed of German wal "field, meadow" and berg "mountain, hill".
WAINWRIGHT English
Occupational name indicating one who made horse-drawn wagons.
WAIT English
Variant spelling of Waite.
WÄITE Luxembourgish (Germanized, Rare)
The name originates from Luxembourg and the surrounding Germanic regions most notably the Rhenish Palatinate from around the 1800s. The word wäite is Luxembourgish for wide and also broad, the word wäit which is an alternative spelling of the Surname Wäite is Luxembourgish for far or distant.... [more]
WAITE English
Occupational name for a watchman, Anglo-Norman French waite (cf. WACHTER).
WAITS English
Patronymic form of Waite.
WAITT English
Variant spelling of Waite.
WAKABAYASHI Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "young forest".
WAKAKI Japanese
若 (Waka) means "Young" and 木 (Ki) means "Tree". Tamiki Wakaki is a manga illustrator and author, one notable series is, "Kaminomi".
WAKAMATSU Japanese
Comes from waka 若 (Young) and matsu 松 (pine tree)
WAKATA Japanese
From the Japanese 若 (waka) "young" and 田 (ta or da) "rice paddy" or 多 (ta or da) "many."
WAKATSUCHI Japanese
From the Japanese 若 (waka) "young" and 土 (tsuchi) "earth," "soil."
WAKE English, Scottish
From the Old Norse byname Vakr meaning "wakeful", "vigilant" (from vaka meaning "to remain awake"), or perhaps from a cognate Old English Waca (attested in place names such as Wakeford, Wakeham, and Wakeley).
WAKEHAM English, Cornish
A locational surname for someone who lived in one of three places called Wakeham in various parts of England, including Cornwall and/or Devon.
WAKELEY English
Habitational name from Wakeley in Hertfordshire, named from the Old English byname Waca, meaning ‘watchful’ (see Wake) + Old English leah ‘woodland clearing’.
WAKELIN English
From the Anglo-Norman male personal name Walquelin, literally "little Walho", a Germanic nickname meaning literally "foreigner".
WAKELY English
Damp meadow
WAKIM Muslim
Probably a variant of Hakim.
WAKUNI Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 和国 with 和 (o, ka, wa, nago.mu, nago.yaka, yawa.ragu, yawa.rageru) meaning "harmony, Japan, Japanese style, peace, soften" and 国 (koku, kuni) meaning "country."... [more]
WAKURI Japanese (Rare)
This surname is used as 和久利, 和久理, 和久里 or 和栗 with 和 (o, ka, wa, nago.mu, nago.yaka, yawa.ragu, yawa.rageru) meaning "harmony, Japan, Japanese style, peace, soften", 久 (kyuu, ku, hisa.shii) meaning "long time, old story", 利 (ri, ki.ku) meaning "advantage, benefit, profit", 理 (ri, kotowari) meaning "arrangement, justice, logic, reason, truth", 里 (ri, sato) meaning "league, parent's home, ri (unit of distance - equal to 3.927 km), village" and 栗 (ritsu, ri, kuri, ononoku) meaning "chestnut."... [more]
WALBRZYCHIAK Polish
Means a person who is from the city of Walbrzych in Poland.
WALCH Irish
Variant of Walsh.
WALCH German
From the personal name Walcho.
WALD German, English
Topographic name for someone who lived in or near a forest (Old High German wald, northern Middle English wald).
WALDER German
Topographical name for someone who lived in or near a forest, derived from the Old English pre 7th Century "w(e)ald", and the Old High German "Wald", forest.
WALDRON Medieval German, Old Norman, Scottish Gaelic, English (British)
Derived from the German compound wala-hran, literally "wall raven", but originally meaning "strong bird". Also derived from the Gaelic wealdærn, meaning "forest dwelling", thought to be derived from the Sussex village of Waldron... [more]
WALDSTEIN German, Jewish
Habitational surname for a person from a place in Bohemia called Waldstein, which is derived from Middle High German walt "forest" + stein "stone".
WALENTA Polish
From a derivative of the personal name Walenty.
WALES English (Modern), Scottish
English and Scottish patronymic from Wale.
WALI Urdu, Pashto, Bengali, Arabic
Derived from Arabic وَلِيّ (waliyy) meaning "helper, friend, protector", used in Islam to describe a saint.
WALIA Indian, Punjabi
Punjabi name of unknown meaning.
WALKINGTON English
Habitational name from a place in East Yorkshire named Walkington, from an unattested Old English personal name Walca + -ing- denoting association with + tūn.
WALKINSHAW Scottish
Habitational name from Walkinshaw in Renfrewshire, which was probably named from Old English wealcere meaning "fuller" + sceaga meaning "copse".
WALL Swedish
Ornamental name from Swedish vall "grassy bank, pasture, grazing ground", or in some cases a habitational name from a place named with this element.
WALLACH Scottish
Variant of Wallace, meaning 'foreigner' that is found chiefly in Dumfries.
WALLAS English, Scottish
A variant of Wallace. The name originates from Scotland and its meaning is "foreigner" or "from the south", taken to mean someone from Wales or England.
WALLEE German
Of French origin, denoting a person who lives in or is from a valley.
WALLGREN Swedish
Ornamental name composed of the elements vall "grassy bank, pasture" and gren "branch".
WALLIAMS English
Very rare form of Williams.... [more]
WALLIN Swedish
Variant spelling of Vallin.
WALLING Anglo-Norman
From the Anglo-Norman personal name Walweyn, the Old German forename Waldwin, or the Old English personal name Wealdwine, which means "power-friend".
WALLINGTON American
From the surname of two girls from Rebel Starzz.
WALLWORK English (British)
Anglo-Saxon name originating from Lancashire, first recorded in Worsley in 1278. May originate from the Old Warke area in Worsley, shown as "Le Wallwerke" in old documents. The surname Walworth may be related.
WALMER English
Habitational name from Walmer in Kent, so named from Old English wala (plural of walh "Briton") + mere "pool", or from Walmore Common in Gloucestershire.
WALSHE Irish
Variant spelling of Walsh.
WALSHINGHAM English
From the Anglo-Saxon words ham, meaning "house".
WALWYN English
Either (i) from the Old English personal name Wealdwine, literally "power-friend"; or (ii) perhaps from the medieval personal name Walwain, the Anglo-Norman form of Old French Gauvain (cf... [more]
WANBLI Sioux
Means "eagle" in the Sioux language.
WANLESS English
From a medieval nickname for an ineffectual person (from Middle English wanles "hopeless, luckless").
WANN Scottish
WANN. Surname or Family name. Origin Scottish and English: nickname from Middle English wann ‘wan’, ‘pale’ (the meaning of the word in Old English was, conversely, ‘dark’).
WANNEBO Norwegian
An alternative spelling of the Norwegian surname Vannebo.
WANNELL English
English surname which was derived from a medieval nickname, from Middle English wann "wan, pale" (see Wann) and a diminutive suffix.... [more]
WAPELHORST Low German
"Wapel" (pronounced VA-pel) is a river in Northern Germany. "Horst" means 'eagle's nest' in modern German but also means 'man of the forest' in Old German.
WAPPARA Indian, Tamil
Another form of Oppara.
WAQA Fijian
The president of Nauru is called Baron Waqa.
WARDAK Pashto
Meaning uncertain. The Wardak are a Pashtun tribe from the Maidan Wardak Province in Afghanistan.
WARDEN English, Scottish, Northern Irish
From Norman French wardein and warder meaning "to guard". It coincides the English word warden and can be used as an occupational surname for a warden.
WARDER English
Weard ora. Place name in Wilshire. Became Wardour ( see castle & village). Became Warder.
WARDROP Scottish
Metonymic occupational name for someone who was in charge of the garments worn by a feudal lord and his household, from Norman French warde(r) meaning "to keep or guard" + robe meaning "garment".
WARMING Danish
Probably originating near the town of Ribe in Southeast Denmark. It appears as both Warming and Varming.... [more]
WARNECKE German
North German from a pet form of the personal name Warner, Low German form of Werner.
WARNEKE German
German variant spelling of Warnecke.
WARNKE German
German variant of Warnecke.
WARNS Dutch, German
Dutch habitational name from places so named in Friesland and Overijssel. The one in Friesland was the site of a famous victory of Frisians over the Hollanders in the 14th century. ... [more]
WARSZAWA Polish
Place name for a person from Warsaw, the capital of Poland.
WARTON English
"From the poplar-tree farm"
WÄSCHER German
Occupational surname for a washer, from Middle High German waschen, weschen "to wash".
WASHBURN English
Northern English topographic name for someone living on the banks of the Washburn river in West Yorkshire, so named from the Old English personal name Walc + Old English burna ‘stream’... [more]
WASIKOWSKA Polish
It is the surname of Australian actress Mia Wasikowska.
WASILEWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Podlachian villages in Gmina Repki: Wasilew Skrzeszewski or Wasilew Szlachecki.
WASSER German, Jewish
Topographic name from Middle High German wazzer "water".
WASTIE English
Derived from “gehaeg” meaning “hedge” in Old English which was later changed to Weysthagh then Wastie
WATABE Japanese
This is how some Japanese people pronounce Watanabe. Source: Wikipedia
WATANUKI Japanese
This surname is used as 渡抜, 渡樌, 渡貫, 綿抜, 綿貫, 四月一日 or 四月朔日 with 渡 (to, wata.su, wata.ru) meaning "cross, deliver, diameter, ferry, ford, import, migrate, transit," 綿 (men, wata) meaning "cotton," 抜 (hai, hatsu, batsu, nu.kasu, nu.karu, nu.ki, nu.ku, -nu.ku, nu.keru) meaning "extract, omit, pilfer, pull out, quote, remove, slip out," 樌 (kan, nuki), an outdated kanji meaning "grove," 貫 (kan, tsuranu.ku, nuki, nu.ku) meaning "brace, penetrate, pierce, kan (obsolete unit of measuring weight - equal to 3.75 kg./8.33 lbs... [more]
WATARI Japanese (Rare)
This word has two possible kanji that both mean "Ferry, Import,Deliver,etc." This word in general is more commonly pronounced " Wataru ", so this must've come from the given name " Watari " meaning the same thing... [more]
WATERFORD English (Rare)
From a place name derived from the Old Norse words veðra, 'ram' (Swedish vädur, 'ram', See Wetherby) and fjord, 'fjord'.
WATERSON English
It is a patronymic of the male given name Water or Walter.
WATHERS Irish
The surname originated in Donegal, Ireland. MacConuisce was an Anglicized form of o'hUisce. Uisce translates to water in English. Wathers is a rather uncommon name because it is an untraditional way of spelling Waters... [more]
WATNEY English
Probably means "person from Watney", an unidentified place in England (the second syllable means "island, area of dry land in a marsh"; cf. Rodney, Whitney). This surname is borne by Watneys, a British brewery company.
WATTERSON Scottish, Northern Irish
From an altered form of the given name Walter.
WAVERLY English
Meaning, "from Waverley (Surrey)" or "from the brushwood meadow." From either waever meaning "brushwood" or waefre meaning "flickering, unstable, restless, wandering" combined with leah meaning "meadow, clearing."
WAWRZYNIAK Polish
from the personal name Wawrzyniec
WAWRZYSZEWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Wawrzyszew.
WAYCASTER English
The surname Waycaster is German in origin. It means "roll-eater," and was likely derived from a derisive nickname on a baker.
WAYNEWRIGHT English
Variant spelling of Wainwright.
WEAKLY English
Variant spelling of Weekley.
WEALE Welsh
A Welsh name, quite rare.
WEAPONSWORTH English
Means maker of weapons
WEARE English (British)
Derived from the Old English wer, meaning a "weir, dam, fishing-trap". This was used as an occupational surname for fishermen. Originated in Devon, England.... [more]
WEASLEY Norman
Variant of WESLEY... [more]
WEATHERFORD English
Topographic name or a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
WEBBE English (Rare)
Variant of "Webb", meaning weaver.
WEDMORE English (British)
Habitational name from Wedmore in Somerset, recorded in the 9th century as Wethmor, possibly meaning ‘marsh (Old English mor) used for hunting (w?the)’.
WĘDROGOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Wędrogów.
WEEKLEY English
Originally meant "person from Weekley", Northamptonshire ("wood or clearing by a Romano-British settlement"). British philologist Ernest Weekley (1865-1954) bore this surname.
WEERASEKARA Sinhalese
Derived from Sanskrit वीर (vīrá) meaning "man, hero" and शेखर (śekhara) "crown, crest, wreath" or "peak, summit".
WEERASINGHE Sinhalese
Derived from Sanskrit वीर (vīrá) meaning "man, hero" and सिंह (siṃhá) "lion".
WEG Dutch
Proper non: Way/road/path
WEGRZYN Polish
Ethnic name for a Hungarian, derivative of Polish Wegier "Hungarian", Wegry "Hungary".
WEIDEMANN Medieval German, German (Austrian), Norwegian
Weidemann is a German family name and comes from the Middle High German terms for hunter or woad farmer.... [more]
WEIDMANN German
Name meaning, "hunter".
WEIHER German
Meaning:... [more]
WEIL German, Jewish
South German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from any of various places so named in Baden, Bavaria, and Württemberg, from Latin villa ‘country house’, ‘estate’ (later used of a group of houses forming a settlement).
WEILER German, Jewish
Habitational name from any of several places so named in southern Germany. Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Weil.
WEIMAR German
Habitational name from any of several places called Weimar in Hesse and Thuringia.... [more]
WEINBACH German, Jewish
From the name of a commune in Hesse, Germany.
WEINBERG German, Jewish
Weinberg means "Vineyard" in german.
WEINBRENNER German
Occupational name for a distiller of brandy, literally 'wine burner'.
WEINGARTNER German
Derived from German weingärtner meaning "wine maker, vintner", which itself is derived from German weingarten meaning "vineyard". The latter is a composite word consisting of German wein "wine" combined with German garten "garden"... [more]
WEINMANN German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) occupational name for a viticulturalist or wine merchant, Middle High German winman, German Weinmann.
WEINREICH German
from the name "Winrich"... [more]
WEINSTEIN German, Jewish
Ashkenazi Jewish surname meaning "wine stone" from German wein meaning “wine” and stein meaning “stone, rock”. It refers to potassium bitartrate crystals produced as a result of fermenting grapes.
WEINSTOCK English, German, Hebrew
This surname of WEINSTOCK is the English variant of the German surname WENSTOCK, an occupational name for a producer or seller of wine, derived originally from the Old German WEIN. The name was also adopted by Ashkenazic Jews, largely recollecting the prominence of wine in the Jewish Scriptures and its used in Jewish ceremonies... [more]
WEIR Scottish, English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a dam or weir on a river.
WEIR Irish
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Mhaoir "son of the steward or keeper".
WEIR Irish
Anglicized form, based on an erroneous translation (as if from Gaelic cora "weir", "stepping stones"), of various Gaelic names such as Ó Corra (see CORR) and Ó Comhraidhe (see CURRY).
WEISENBURGER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from any of numerous places named Weissenburg "white fortress".
WEISMAN German, German (Austrian), Jewish
A German surname meaning "white man"
WEISSMULLER German
Translates to "White Miller".
WEISZ Jewish
Hungarian spelling of WEISS.
WELBORN English
Habitational name from Welborne in Norfolk, Welbourn in Lincolnshire, or Welburn in North Yorkshire, all named with Old English wella ‘spring’ + burna ‘stream’.
WELBURN English
English surname meaning "From the Spring brook"
WELBY English (British, Rare)
Lincolnshire family name
WELD English
Meant "one who lives in or near a forest (or in a deforested upland area)", from Middle English wold "forest" or "cleared upland". A famous bearer is American actress Tuesday Weld (1943-).
WELFING German
Name given to our family by our relative, a German king.
WELFORD English
English surname meaning "Lives by the spring by the ford"
WELK German (East Prussian)
Nickname from Middle High German welc, meaning "soft and mild". The name was first recorded in South Holland, however most of the bearers of the name trace its roots back to East Germany. A famous bearer of this name was Lawrence Welk, an American musician and host of the Lawrence Welk Show.
WELKER German
Variant of WALKER.
WELL English
Topographic name for someone who lived near a spring or stream, Middle English well(e) (Old English well(a)).
WELLAND English (British, Rare)
From the name of the place, derived from Old English wig - war and landa - territory, land.
WELLBORN English
Related to Wellburn
WELLBORNE English
Related to Wellborn
WELLER English, German
Either from the Olde English term for a person who extracted salt from seawater, or from the English and German "well(e)," meaning "someone who lived by a spring or stream."... [more]
WELLES English
Variant of Wells.
WELLINGTON English
Habitational name from any of the three places named Wellington, in Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Somerset. All are most probably named with an unattested Old English personal name Weola + -ing- (implying association with) + tun ‘settlement’.
WELLSPEAK French (Anglicized)
Anglicized version of Beauparlant.
WELSCH German
From Middle High German welsch, walsch "person from a Romance country (especially Italy), foreigner", hence an ethnic name or in some cases perhaps a nickname for someone who had trading or other connections with the Romance countries.
WELSH Irish
Variant of Walsh.
WELSH Scottish, English
Ethnic name for someone from Wales or a speaker of the Welsh language. Compare Walsh and Wallace.
WELTON English
Habitational name from any of various places named Welton, for example in Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and East Yorkshire, from Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’ + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
WELTRAUM German
A German surname meaning "outer space".
WELTY German (Swiss)
From a Swiss German diminutive of the German given name Walther. A literary bearer was the American writer Eudora Welty (1909-2001).
WENCES Slavic
Based on Wenceslaus or Wenceslas, latinized forms of name of Slavic rulers in various forms such as Václav, Wacław, Więcesław, Vyacheslav, Vjenceslav, etc. Derived from the Slavic words veli/vyache/więce/više ("great(er), large(r)"), and slava ("glory, fame")... [more]
WEND German
Variant of Wendt.
WENDLER Medieval German
derived from a German word meaning to wander or wanderer
WENDT German, Danish
Ethnic name for a Wend, Middle High German wind(e). The Wends (also known as Sorbians) once occupied a large area of northeastern Germany (extending as far west as Lüneburg, with an area called Wendland), and many German place names and surnames are of Wendish origin... [more]
WENN English
Surname from Norfolk, England
WENTWORTH English
Habitational name from places in Cambridgeshire and South Yorkshire called Wentworth, probably from the Old English byname Wintra meaning ‘winter’ + Old English worð ‘enclosure’. It is, however, also possible that the name referred to a settlement inhabited only in winter.
WENTZ German (Rare)
Originally a pet form of the given names Werner and Wenceslaw. Meaning "guard" or "army".
WEPENER South African, German
South African, German decent/history
WERDUM German
Werdum is a municipality in the district of Wittmund, in Lower Saxony, Germany.
WERTHEIMER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from Wertheim.
WESELOH German
German habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
WESNER German
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named Wessen.
WESSON English
Variant of Weston.
WESTBAY English (Rare)
It literally means "West Bay".
WESTBROEK Dutch
Dutch form of Westbrook.
WESTBURY English
English British surname originating as a place name. There are several Westbury villages, parishes and even Manors across England that have given the name Westbury to people who take up residence in or come from those places... [more]
WESTEN English, Scottish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Weston, from Old English west 'west' + tun 'enclosure', 'settlement'. English: variant of Whetstone.
WESTER German
From Middle High German wëster ‘westerly’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived to the west of a settlement, or a regional name for one who had migrated from further west.
WESTERGAARD Danish
Danish variant of Westergård.
WESTERGÅRD Swedish, Finnish
From Swedish väster meaning "west, western" combined with gård meaning "farm, yard, estate".
WESTERLY English
The name is originated from a term meaning 'winds from the West'. The name could be given to someone who is born in the west.
WESTERMAN English, American
Derived from Old English westerne meaning "western" and mann meaning "man", thus making it a topographic surname for someone who lived west of a settlement, or a regional surname for someone who had moved to the west... [more]
WESTERMANN Low German
From Middle Low German wester meaning "westerly" and man meaning "man", making it a topographic surname for someone who lived west of a settlement or a regional surname for someone who had moved to the west... [more]
WESTGATE English
Topographic name for someone who lived near a west gate in a city, or a habitual surname for someone from Westgate. It is derived from Middle English west meaning "west" and gate "gate" (or "street" in northern and eastern areas; from Old Norse gata).
WESTHOUSE Dutch
West of the House, originating from the name VeistHuis
WESTIN Swedish
Variant spelling of Vestin.
WESTLAKE English (Canadian)
Combined of West and Lake.
WESTLING Swedish
Combination of Swedish väst "west" and the common surname suffix -ling. A notable bearer is Prince Daniel (b. 1973), husband of Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.
WESTON Dutch
Diminutive of Westenberg
WESTON English
Combination of Old English west "west" and tun "settlement, enclosure".
WESTROP English (British)
Viking name local to Somerset and several counties in the North East of England. Approximate meaning "place to the west of the village with the church".
WESTWOOD English, Scottish
Habitational name from any of numerous places named Westwood, from Old English west "west" and wudu "wood".
WETTSTEIN German (Rare)
North German: variant of Wetzstein, from Middle Low German wetsten "whetstone".
WEY English
Variant of Way.
WHATELY English
Old English location or occupational surname meaning "from the wheat meadow".
WHEELDON English
Habitational name from a place in Derbyshire named Wheeldon, from Old English hweol ‘wheel’ (referring perhaps to a rounded shape) + dun ‘hill’, or from Whielden in Buckinghamshire, which is named with hweol + denu ‘valley’.
WHEELWRIGHT English (British)
Middle English "maker of wheels"
WHETZEL American
Altered spelling of German Wetzel.
WHINERAY English
Means "person from Whinneray", Cumbria, or "person who lives in a nook of land growing with gorse" (in either case from Old Norse hvin "whin, gorse" + vrá "nook of land"). It was borne by New Zealand rugby player Sir Wilson Whineray (1935-2012).
WHIPPLE English
English surname of uncertain meaning. It might be a shortened form of “whippletree”; an early name for the dogwood. It may also be a variation of Whipp – an early surname for someone who carried out judicial punishments.
WHISMAN English
Variation of Wisman or Wiseman.