Submitted Surnames Starting with W
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Patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil
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.
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
) + Old English ham
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]
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]
WINNE Dutch, English
Dutch: occupational name for an agricultural worker, Middle Low German winne ‘peasant’. ... [more]
Derived from an unattested Old English given name, *Wyngeofu
, composed of the elements wyn
"joy" and geofu
WINSININSKI Polish (Anglicized)
Winsininski is an anglicized version of the name "Wisniewski", which is from multiple places in Poland called Wisniewo, Wisniew, and Wisniewa. These names all have "wisna" which means cherry, or cherry tree.... [more]
Means "person from Winstanley", Lancashire ("Wynnstān's glade", Wynnstān
being an Old English male personal name, literally "joy-stone"; cf. Winston
). It was borne by English communist Gerrard Winstanley (?1609-60), leader of the Diggers.
Habitational name from any of several places named with Middle High German winter
"winter" and berg
WINTERBOURNE English (British)
Probably meaning "winter stream". A large village in Gloucestershire, From the Thomas Hardy novel "The Woodlanders".
From virta ‘stream’, used as a topographic name, also as a soldier’s name in the 17th century. Also adopted as an ornamental name, especially in western and southern Finland.
Nickname for a wise or learned person, or in some cases a nickname for someone suspected of being acquainted with the occult arts, from Middle English wise
"wise" (Old English wis
). This name has also absorbed Dutch Wijs
, a nickname meaning "wise", and possibly cognates in other languages.
Taken from the word wiśnia
meaning "sour cherry". It is sometimes said to be the third most popular surname in Poland.
"Withall" comes from the village of "Cornwall" called "Withiel." There is also a connection to an aristocratic level, in the 15th at Henry VII court a noble man and knight went under the family name "Wit-hall"... [more]
habitational name for someone from any of the places in Poland called Witkowo, Witków, or Witkowice, named with the personal name Witek.
Nickname for someone with white or blonde hair or an unusually pale complexion, from Middle Dutch witte
WITTENBERG Low German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Wittenberg, Wittenberge, or Wittenbergen.
WITTENBORN Low German
Habitational name from any of several places so named, for example near Bad Segeberg and near Neubrandenburg.
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements widu
"wood" and hari
Eastern Ashkenazic, from the Yiddish female personal name Vitle
, a pet form of Vite
combined with the eastern Slavic suffix -in
WITZ German, Jewish
From the medieval personal name Witzo
, a short form of any of several Germanic compound names beginning with wig ‘battle’. Also a variant of Witzig
. ... [more]
German: nickname from Middle High German witzic ‘clever’, ‘prudent’, ‘knowing’.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish localities: the town of Włoszczowa or the village of Włoszczowice.
Habitational name for someone from Wodzin in Piotrków voivodeship, named with Polish woda meaning "water".
From the Old Welsh personal name Gwgan
, originally probably a nickname meaning literally "little scowler". (Cf. the second element in Cadogan
.) This surname is borne by Irish radio and television presenter Terry Wogan (1938-).
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Wojciechowo or Wojciechów, named with the personal name WOJCIECH
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Wojciechowo or Wojciechów, named with the personal name WOJCIECH
Comes from a diminutive of Wójt
, a status name from Polish wójt village headman
, a borrowing of German Vogt; also a pet form of the personal name Wojciech
Habitational name for someone from any of the many places called Wójcin, or from Wójcina in Tarnów voivodeship, named with wójt meaning "village headman".
WOLF English, German, Jewish
From Middle High German wolf
meaning "wolf". It can also be given in reference to the Hebrew tribe of Benjamin; the symbol for that tribe was the wolf.
WOLF English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish, Scottish, Irish, Swedish, Dutch, Welsh, Flemish
From the Old English & German wulf
and other Germanic cognates, all meaning 'wolf, wild dog'. (Swedish, Norwegian & Danish ulv
, Scots wouf
, Yiddish volf
& Dutch wolf
WOLF English, Danish, German
From a short form of the various Germanic compound names with a first element wolf
"wolf", or a byname or nickname with this meaning. The wolf was native throughout the forests of Europe, including Britain, until comparatively recently... [more]
From the medieval male personal name Wolfet
(from Old English Wulfgēat
, literally "wolf-Geat" (the name of a Germanic people)). This surname was borne by Sir Donald Wolfit (1902-1968), a British actor and manager.
Means where the wolves cross the river/stream. Wolf meaning the animal and Ford meaning crossing a body of shallow water.... [more]
WOLK German, American
Surname derived from a northern German short form of the given name Walter.
Surname derived from a diminutive of the given name Wolter, a Low German form of Walter.... [more]
Occupational name for someone who prepared wool for spinning by washing and combing or carding it, from Middle High German wolle(n)slaher, -sleger, Middle Low German wullensleger (literally ‘wool beater’).
This is the surname of the character Howard in the American television show "The Big Bang Theory".
From the medieval male personal name Wulsi
(from Old English Wulfsige
, literally "wolf-victory"). A famous bearer of the surname was English churchman and statesman Thomas Wolsey (Cardinal Wolsey), ?1475-1530.
From the Middle English personal name Wolfstan
, Old English Wulfstan
, composed of the elements wulf
‘wolf’ + stan
stone or a habitational name from any of a large number of places called Woolston(e) or Wollston, all of which are named with Old English personal names containing the first element Wulf
(Wulfheah, Wulfhelm, Wulfric, Wulfsige, and Wulfweard) + Old English tun
Cantonese version of Huang
. Can also be Cantonese version of Wang, meaning "king"
Originated in old England and likely linked to the town of Woodbridge in Suffolk, East Anglia, United Kingdom. Well known Woodbridge's include the Australian Tennis player Todd Woodbridge. There was a famous lineage of six English John Woodbridge's in the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries, all Church ministers... [more]
surname used as a first name. The name means "dweller by a fold in the woods" - in this case, "fold" means "sheep-pen".... [more]
Occupational name for a woodcutter or a forester (compare Woodward
), or topographic name for someone who lived in the woods. ... [more]
Topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of land where woodruff grew, Anglo-Saxon wudurofe
composed of wudu
"wood" with a second element of unknown origin.
From a location in Yorkshire, England earlier spelled Woodsome
and meaning "from the houses in the wood" or possibly a patronymic meaning "descendant of a wood cutter or forester."
Morphed from the German surname Wohleber which means well-liver
From the medieval male personal name Wolgar
(from Old English Wulfgār
, literally "wolf-spear").
From the medieval male personal name Wolnoth
(from Old English Wulfnōth
, literally "wolf-daring").
though this surname has an exotic look & attracts legends, it has it's origins in the Lancashire place name Wolstencraft, from elements Wulfstan (personal name) + croft ("enclosure")
Habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places named with Old English wudu
"wood" + tun
Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney.
mostly found in Lancashire and Sussex. very old english surname. something to do with a hill near a stream.
From the Old English WORÞ
, meaning "enclosure".
Habitational name from places in Lancashire and Leicestershire named Worthington; both may have originally been named in Old English as Wurðingtun
"settlement (Old English tun) associated with Wurð
", but it is also possible that the first element was Old English worðign
, a derivative of worð ‘enclosure’.
WOWEREIT German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) name meaning "squirrel", from Old Prussian wowere
and Lithuanian voveraite
(which, apart from "squirrel", also means "chanterelle").... [more]
WOŹNIAK Polish, Jewish
Derivative or patronymic from the occupational or status term wozny ‘beadle’, ‘city official’.
WRIEDT German, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
WRINN Irish (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Rinn
"descendant of Rinn
", a personal name perhaps based on reann
habitational name for someone from a place called Września in Poznań voivodeship, or a place called Wrzesina or Wrzesiny, named with wrzos ‘heather’.
It literally means "uncle" in Polish but it could possibly refer to the Polesian village of the same name.
Could mean "brave wolf" from the German elements "wulf" (variant of "wolf") and "hard" (meaning "brave, hardy").
From the German "Würde"-honour or dignity, and "Mann"-man or person. "Man of Honour" or "Person of Dignity".
WURDEMANN German (Rare)
This is a German surname, also spelled WÜRDEMANN (original) and often rendered as WUERDEMANN in English. It come from the German "würde", "dignity" or "honor" and "mann", meaning "man" or "person".... [more]
German origin from the place name am Virgen originally meaning a person from the town of Virgen in Tyrol. Construed as a family name in 1501.
Derived from German Wurst
(Middle High German wurst
) "sausage" and thus either denoted a butcher who specialized in the production of sausages, or was used as a nickname for a plump person or someone who was particularly fond of sausages.
Habitational name from places in Lancashire and Leicestershire named Worthington; both may have originally been named in Old English as Wurðingtun "settlement (Old English tun
) associated with Wurð", but it is also possible that the first element was Old English worðign
, a derivative of worð
Württemberg is an historical German territory. Together with Baden and Hohenzollern, two other historical territories, it now forms the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Derived from a place name apparently meaning "elm-wood clearing" from Old English wice
. A famous bearer was the dramatist William Wycherley (1640-1715).
name for someone living at the main farm in a district, from Dutch wijk ‘district’ + hof ‘farmstead’, ‘manor farm’.
WYLIE Medieval English
It is of locational origin, and derives from the places called Willey in the counties of Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Devonshire and Surrey.
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Wymer
(from Old English Wīgmǣr
, literally "war-famous"); or (ii) from the Old Breton male personal name Wiumarch
, literally "worthy-horse".
WYND Scottish, Irish
Scotland or Ireland not sure of original origin. There was a childe Wynd some type of royal who slayed a dragon type thing worm or something and a Henery Wynd who was a mercenary in a battle at north inch in Scotland
WYNN Welsh, English
The surname Wynn ,(also spelled Winn, and Gwynn), is derived from the Welsh element, Gwynn
, which can loosely be translated as "white" or "fair". It features in the name of the North Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd, (meaning "white head" or "white land")... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Wysokin.
It indicates familial origin within any of several Podlachian villages named ''Wyszonki''.