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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.
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.
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
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.
WAHLBERG     German, Swedish, Norwegian
Wahlberg is a topographic surname composed of German wal "field, meadow" and berg "mountain, hill".
WAHLGREN     Swedish
Variant of Wallgren.
WAINWRIGHT     English
Occupational name indicating one who made horse-drawn wagons.
WAITE     English
Occupational name for a watchman, Anglo-Norman French waite (cf. WACHTER).
WAKABAYASHI     Japanese
Japanese surname meaning "young forest".
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).
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]
WALDROOP     English, Scottish
Variant of Wardrop.
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     Muslim
From a personal name based on Arabic walī meaning ‘lord’, ‘guardian’, ‘protector’, ‘saint’, or ‘friend’, often interpreted as a short form of Walī Allāh meaning ‘friend of God’, an epithet of the Prophet Muhammad.
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, as well as an immigrant surname from Germany, borne by some Jews.
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.
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.
WALSH     Irish
Anglicized form (translation) of Breathnach "Briton". It was used in particular to denote the Welshmen who arrived in Ireland in the wake of Strongbow's Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170.
WALSHE     Irish
Variant spelling of Walsh.
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’).
WANNE     Chinese (Cantonese)
warm, gentle, soft
WANNELL     Medieval English
Recorded in several forms including Wan, which appears now to be totally obselete, Wann, Wanne, the very rare Whan, the patronymic Wannes and Wanes, the diminutives Wanell, Wannell, Wanniel, and Wonnell, this interesting name is of English origins... [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.
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.
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
Wasser Family History. German: topographic name from Middle High German wazzer 'water'. Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name or a metonymic occupational name for a water-carrier, from German Wasser, Yiddish vaser 'water'.
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]
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]
WATKISS     English (Rare)
Variant of Watkins.
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.
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.
WEAKLY     English
Variant spelling of Weekley.
WEALE     Welsh
A Welsh name, quite rare.
WEAPONSWORTH     English
Means maker of weapons
WEATHERFORD     English
Topographic name or a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
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.
WEE     English
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.
WEG     Dutch
Proper non: Way/road/path
WEGRZYN     Polish
Ethnic name for a Hungarian, derivative of Polish Wegier "Hungarian", Wegry "Hungary".
WEIDMANN     German
Name meaning, "hunter".
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]
WEINBERG     German, Jewish
Weinberg means "Vineyard" in german.
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     Jewish, American, German
Means "wine stone" in German.
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"
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’.
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.
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.
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’.
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).
WENDIASURIUS     Greek Mythology
Greek for Wendi
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.
WESCHLER     German
Variant of Wäscher.
WESELOH     German
German habitational name from a place so named near Hannover.
WESKER     ?
WESNER     German
Habitational name for someone from any of several places named Wessen.
WESSON     English
Variant of Weston.
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]
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.
WESTON     Dutch
Diminutive of Westenberg
WESTON     English
Combination of Old English west "west" and tun "settlement, enclosure".
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.
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.
WHISTLER     English
An English occupational surname, meaning "one who whistles."
WHITBY     English
English surname which was from either of two place names, that of a port in North Yorkshire (which comes from the Old Norse elements hvítr "white" (or Hvíti, a byname derived from it) combined with býr "farm") or a place in Cheshire (from Old English hwit "white" (i.e., "stone-built") and burh "fortress").
WHITCOMB     English (British)
means wide valley
WHITEHEAD     English, Scottish
Nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from Middle English whit "white" and heved "head".
WHITEMAN     English
From a nickname (see White).
WHITGIFT     English
Means "person from Whitgift", Yorkshire ("Hvítr's dowry"). This surname was borne by Anglican churchman John Whitgift (?1530-1604), archbishop of Canterbury 1583-1604 (in addition, Whitgift School is an independent day school for boys in South Croydon, founded in 1595 by John Whitgift; and Whitgift Centre is a complex of shops and offices in the middle of Croydon, Greater London, on a site previously occupied by Whitgift School).
WHITLAM     English
From a medieval nickname for a mild-mannered person (from Middle English whit "white" + lam "lamb"). This surname is borne by Australian Labour politician Gough Whitlam (1916-), prime minister 1972-75.
WHITLEY     English
This surname is derived from a place name composed of Old English elements hwit meaning "white" and leah meaning "clearing, grove."
WHITLOCK     English
Nickname for someone with white or fair hair, from Middle English whit ‘white’ + lock ‘tress’, ‘curl’. Compare Sherlock. ... [more]
WHITMAN     English
From Middle English whit ‘white’ + man ‘man’, either a nickname with the same sense as White, or else an occupational name for a servant of a bearer of the nickname White.... [more]
WHITMARSH     English
English habitational name from Whitemarsh, a place in the parish of Sedgehill, Wiltshire, named from Old English hwit ‘white’ (i.e. ‘phosphorescent’) + mersc ‘marsh’. Compare Whitmore.
WHITMORE     English
Variant of WHITTEMORE
WHITTAKER     English
Variant of Whitaker.
WHITTINGTON     English
From a place name, meaning "Hwita’s settlement".
WHYBROW     English
From the medieval female personal name Wyburgh, literally "war-fortress". (Cf. Germanic cognate Wigburg.)
WIĄCEK     Polish
Derived from the given name Wiecek (see Wieceslaw).
WICK     English, German
English: topographic name for someone who lived in an outlying settlement dependent on a larger village, Old English wic (Latin vicus), or a habitational name from a place named with this word, of which there are examples in Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Worcestershire... [more]
WICKERSHAM     English
A habitational surname that originates from a lost medieval site or village of Norse origins.... [more]
WICKSEY     English
Two separate surnames, joined together to form Wicksey, when the Vikings invaded England. The name means "Dairy Farmer on the Marsh".
WICKSTRAND     Swedish (Rare), Finnish
This is a Finnish and rare Swedish last name.
WICKSTROM     Finnish
Wickström is a Finnish family, originally from Swedish speaking Ostrobothnia associated with the production of automobiles and marine engines.
WIDEMAN     German
From the Germanic personal name Widiman, composed of witu ‘wood’ or wit ‘wide’, ‘broad’ + man ‘man’. Americanized form of German Weidmann ‘huntsman’.
WIDEMAN     Swedish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Swedish Widman.
WIDGER     English
From the Old English male personal name Wihtgār, literally "elf-spear".
WIDJAJA     Indonesian
From the Indonesian word wijaya meaning "victory".
WIDMAN     Swedish
Swedish ornamental name composed of the elements Wid-, an uncertain element, possibly Old Swedish viþr ‘wood’, ‘forest’ or from a place name formed with Old Swedish vid ‘wide’ + man ‘man’.
WIDMAN     German
Altered spelling of German Widmann.
WIDMANN     German
Variant of Wiedmann ‘huntsman’ and Wideman.
WIDUKIND     Anglo-Saxon
"wood-child." From Old Saxon widu ("wood") and kind ("child")
WIEBE     German
From a short form of any of various Germanic personal names beginning with wig ‘battle’, ‘war.’
WIEDEMANN     German
Variation of Wideman.
WIEDMANN     Upper German
North German variant of Widemann (see Wideman).
WIEMANN     Low German
Variant of Weinmann, from Middle Low German, Middle High German winman ‘viticulturalist’, ‘wine merchant’. Variant of Wiedemann. ... [more]
WIERCZOWOKOWSKI     Polish
A polish surname that is not used anymore to often. It was common in Polish areas.
WIERZBOWSKI     Polish
Taken from the word wierzba meaning "willow", this name may have designated someone who lived near a willow tree.
WIESENTHAL     German
Habitational name from any of various places called Wiesent(h)al.
WIESENTHAL     Jewish
Ornamental name from German Wiese "meadow" + Tal "valley".
WIESNER     German
German: habitational name for someone from a place called Wiesen, or topographic name for someone who lived by a meadow, a derivative of Middle High German wise ‘meadow’.
WIGGIN     English
Either (i) from the Germanic male personal name Wīgant, literally "warrior", introduced into England by the Normans; or (ii) from the Breton male personal name Wiucon, literally "worthy-noble", introduced into England by the Normans.
WIGGINS     English
Patronymic from the personal name Wiggin.
WIGHT     Scottish, English
Nickname from Middle English wiht, wight "nimble, strong".
WIJAYA     Indonesian
Derived from Indonesian wijaya meaning "victory".
WIJK     Swedish
Derived from Swedish vik "bay".
WILBERFORCE     English
Means "person from Wilberfoss", Yorkshire ("Wilburh's ditch"). This is borne by Wilberforce University, a university in Xenia, Ohio, USA, founded in 1856 and named in honour of the British philanthropist and anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce (1759-1833)... [more]
WILBRAHAM     English
Originally meant "person from Wilbraham", Cambridgeshire ("Wilburg's homestead or estate").
WILBURN     English
A habitation name of uncertain origin found in the East Midlands. Speculation includes the possibility of the meaning "well" and "burn, borne" therefore meaning one who lived near a well or spring by a waterway crossing.
WILD     Medieval English, English, German, Jewish
English: from Middle English wild ‘wild’, ‘uncontrolled’ (Old English wilde), hence a nickname for a man of violent and undisciplined character, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of overgrown uncultivated land.... [more]
WILDBLOOD     English
From a medieval nickname for a rakish or hot-headed person.
WILDE     Irish, English, German, Dutch, Jewish
Variant of Wild.
WILDER     English, German, Danish, Yiddish
Variant of Wild.
WILDRICK     English
From German Wildreich, a medieval personal name, from Old High German wildi "wild".
WILDSMITH     English
Probably means "maker of wheels, wheelwright".
WILE     Hungarian
no particular meaning. the word wile means to trick though.
WILES     English
Occupational name for a trapper or hunter, from Middle English wile "trap, snare". It could also be a nickname for a devious person.
WILEWSKI     Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Wilewo.
WILIAMS     Welsh
Variant of Williams.
WILK     Polish, Scottish, English
Polish: from Polish wilk ‘wolf’, probably from an Old Slavic personal name containing this element, but perhaps also applied as a nickname for someone thought to resemble a wolf or connected with wolves.... [more]
WILKES     English, Frisian
English: patronymic from Wilk.... [more]
WILKOSZ     Polish
Derivative of WILK.
WILL     Scottish, English, German
Scottish and northern English from the medieval personal name Will, a short form of William, or from some other medieval personal names with this first element, for example Wilbert or Willard... [more]
WILLE     German
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names beginning Willi-, as for example, Willibrant, Willihart.
WILLETT     English
From a pet form of Will, or an Americanized form of French Ouellette.
WILLIAM SCOTT BURNS     English (American)
William Scott Burns ( Martin)
WILLING     English
Patronymic from the Old English personal name Willa.
WILLINGHAM     English
Habitational name from a place named Willingham meaning "homestead (Old English ham) of the people of a man called Wifel".
WILLOCK     English
From the medieval male personal name Willoc, a pet-form based on the first syllable of any of a range of Old English compound names beginning with willa "will, desire".
WILLS     English
Patronymic from Will.
WILLS     German
Patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil "will, desire".
WIMPEY     English
Perhaps a deliberate alteration of Impey. It is borne by George Wimpey, a British construction company, founded in Hammersmith, London in 1880 by George Wimpey (1855-1913). A fictional bearer of the variant Wimpy is J. Wellington Wimpy, a character in the 'Popeye' cartoons of Elzie C. Segar who is always portrayed eating a hamburger.
WIN     Dutch, English, Burmese, Thai
Southeast Asian: unexplained. ... [more]
WINCHEL     English
from Old English wencel ‘child’, perhaps used to distinguish a son from his father with the same forename or perhaps a nickname for a person with a baby face or childlike manner
WIND     English, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind "wind", Middle High German wint "wind", also "greyhound".
WINDHAM     English, Irish (Anglicized)
English habitational name from Wyndham in West Sussex, near West Grinstead, probably named from an unattested Old English personal name Winda + Old English hamm ‘water meadow’; or from Wymondham in Leicestershire and Norfolk, named from the Old English personal name Wigmund (see Wyman) + Old English ham ‘homestead’... [more]
WINEGARDNER     English (American)
Anglicized form of the German occupational surname Weingartner. A known bearer of this surname is the American writer Mark Winegardner (b. 1961).
WINEHOUSE     Jewish, German
Anglicized variant of German and Yiddish 'Weinhaus'. From German wein, 'vine, grapevine' and haus 'house, building, home', likely indicating a house with a vineyard. ... [more]
WINFREY     English
From the Old English personal name Winfrith, literally "friend-peace". A famous bearer of this surname is Oprah Winfrey (1954-), a US television talk-show presenter.
WINKEL     German, Jewish, Dutch, Belgian
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived on a corner of land in the country or a street corner in a town or city, from Middle High German winkel, German Winkel ‘corner’... [more]
WINKELMANN     German, Jewish
German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name for someone who lived on a corner or kept a corner shop (see Winkel), with the addition of Middle High German man, German Mann ‘man’. ... [more]
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