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WILDSMITHEnglish
Probably means "maker of wheels, wheelwright".
WILEHungarian
no particular meaning. the word wile means to trick though.
WILESEnglish
Occupational name for a trapper or hunter, from Middle English wile "trap, snare". It could also be a nickname for a devious person.
WILEWSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Wilewo.
WILKPolish, 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]
WILKESEnglish, Frisian
English: patronymic from Wilk.... [more]
WILKOSZPolish
Derivative of WILK.
WILLScottish, 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]
WILLEGerman
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names beginning Willi-, as for example, Willibrant, Willihart.
WILLETTEnglish
From a pet form of Will, or an Americanized form of French Ouellette.
WILLIAM SCOTT BURNSEnglish (American)
William Scott Burns ( Martin)
WILLINGEnglish
Patronymic from the Old English personal name Willa.
WILLINGHAMEnglish
Habitational name from a place named Willingham, notably one in Cambridgeshire and one in Suffolk. The first is recorded in Domesday Book as Wivelingham "homestead (Old English hām) of the people of a man called Wifel".
WILLOCKEnglish
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".
WILLSEnglish
Patronymic from Will.
WILLSGerman
Patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil "will, desire".
WIMPEYEnglish
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.
WINDutch, English, Burmese, Thai
Southeast Asian: unexplained. ... [more]
WINCHELEnglish
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
WINDEnglish, German, Danish
Nickname for a swift runner, from Middle English wind "wind", Middle High German wint "wind", also "greyhound".
WINDEnglish
Topographic name for someone who lived near a pathway, alleyway, or road, Old English (ge)wind (from windan "to go").
WINDSwedish
Ornamental name from vind "wind", or a habitational name from a place named with this element.
WINDGerman
Variant of Wendt.
WINDHAMEnglish, 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]
WINEGARDNEREnglish (American)
Anglicized form of the German occupational surname Weingartner. A known bearer of this surname is the American writer Mark Winegardner (b. 1961).
WINEHOUSEJewish, 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]
WINFREYEnglish
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.
WINKELGerman, 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]
WINKELMANNGerman, 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]
WINNEDutch, English
Dutch: occupational name for an agricultural worker, Middle Low German winne ‘peasant’. ... [more]
WINNEYEnglish
Derived from an unattested Old English given name, *Wyngeofu, composed of the elements wyn "joy" and geofu "battle".... [more]
WINSETTEnglish
From an English surname of unexplained origin, perhaps related to Winslow, Winston or Windsor.
WINSININSKIPolish (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]
WINSTANLEYEnglish
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.
WINTERBERGGerman
Habitational name from any of several places named with Middle High German winter "winter" and berg "mountain".
WINTERBOURNEEnglish (British)
Probably meaning "winter stream". A large village in Gloucestershire, From the Thomas Hardy novel "The Woodlanders".
WINTERFIELDEnglish
From the English words "Winter" and "Field".
WINTERSEnglish, German
Patronymic form of Winter.
WINTERSONEnglish
Patronymic form of Winter.
WIREDUAkan
Meaning unknown.
WIRTAFinnish
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.
WISEEnglish
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.
WISNESKIPolish
A derivate of Wisniewski, which is said to mean "The Little Cherry Tree"
WIŚNIEWSKIPolish
Taken from the word wiśnia meaning "sour cherry". It is sometimes said to be the third most popular surname in Poland.
WISSMACHGerman
I think it is German
WITHALLEnglish
"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]
WITHYCOMBEEnglish
Willow Valley. ... [more]
WITKOWSKIPolish
habitational name for someone from any of the places in Poland called Witkowo, Witków, or Witkowice, named with the personal name Witek.
WITTEDutch
Nickname for someone with white or blonde hair or an unusually pale complexion, from Middle Dutch witte "white".
WITTENLow German
North German patronymic from Witte.
WITTENBERGLow German
Habitational name for someone from a place called Wittenberg, Wittenberge, or Wittenbergen.
WITTENBORNLow German
Habitational name from any of several places so named, for example near Bad Segeberg and near Neubrandenburg.
WITTERGerman
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements widu "wood" and hari "army".
WITTLINJewish
Eastern Ashkenazic, from the Yiddish female personal name Vitle, a pet form of Vite combined with the eastern Slavic suffix -in
WITZGerman, 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]
WITZIGGerman
German: nickname from Middle High German witzic ‘clever’, ‘prudent’, ‘knowing’.
WŁADYSŁAWPolish
four polish kings names
WŁOSZCZOWSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish localities: the town of Włoszczowa or the village of Włoszczowice.
WODDAIndian, Tamil
Another form of Odda.
WODZIŃSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from Wodzin in Piotrków voivodeship, named with Polish woda meaning "water".
WOELKGerman
German variant spelling of Wölk (see Wolk).
WOELKEGerman
German variant spelling of Wölke, itself a variant of Wolk.
WOGANIrish
From the Old Welsh personal name Gwgan or Gwgon, 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-).
WOJCIECHOWSKAPolish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Wojciechowo or Wojciechów, named with the personal name WOJCIECH.
WOJCIECHOWSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Wojciechowo or Wojciechów, named with the personal name WOJCIECH.
WOJCIKPolish
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.
WÓJCIŃSKIPolish
Habitational name for someone from any of the many places called Wójcin, or from Wójcina in Tarnów voivodeship, named with wójt meaning "village headman".
WOJICKPolish
Pet form of the personal name WOJCIECH (see VOYTEK).
WOLENSKYPolish/Jewish
This is my last name and my father’s family name. I learned a few years ago it was originally spelled WOLINSKY with I and not the E but when my ancestors came over from Poland (not completly sure where), they felt and had concern when people would see our name that those people would think it looked, on paper, too Jewish looking... [more]
WOLFEnglish, 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.
WOLFEnglish, 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)... [more]
WOLFEnglish, 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]
WOLFITEnglish
From the medieval male personal name Wolfet or Wolfat (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.
WOLFORDGerman
Means where the wolves cross the river/stream. Wolf meaning the animal and Ford meaning crossing a body of shallow water.... [more]
WOLFRAMEnglish, German
From the given name Wolfram.
WOLFSONEnglish
Means "son of Wolf" in English.
WOLKGerman, American
Surname derived from a northern German short form of the given name Walter.
WOLKENGerman
Surname derived from a diminutive of the given name Wolter, a Low German form of Walter.... [more]
WOLLSCHLÄGERGerman
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’).
WOLOWITZJewish
This is the surname of the character Howard in the American television show "The Big Bang Theory".
WOLSEYEnglish
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.
WOLSTENHOLMEEnglish (British, Rare)
A famous bearer is Chris Wolstenholme, bassist and sometimes vocalist of British alternative rock band Muse.
WOLSTONEnglish
From the Middle English personal name Wolfstan or Wolstan, 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 ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.
WOLVERIDGEEnglish (British)
Derived from the personal name WULFRIC.
WONAIShona
It is a form of the Shona name Onai.
WONDERGEMDutch
gem cutter or gem setter-jewler
WONGChinese
Cantonese version of Huang. Can also be Cantonese version of Wang, meaning "king"
WONGAIShona
It is a form of the Shona name Vongai
WOODBRIDGEEnglish
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]
WOODFALLEnglish
English surname used as a first name. The name means "dweller by a fold in the woods" - in this case, "fold" means "sheep-pen".... [more]
WOODGEREnglish (British)
Woodger comes from the occupation of wood cutter in old english
WOODLEYEnglish (American)
The actress Shailene Woodley's last surname
WOODLOCKIrish, French, English
From an Old English personal name, Wudlac, composed of the elements wudu ‘wood’ + lac ‘play’, ‘sport’.
WOODMANEnglish
Occupational name for a woodcutter or a forester (compare Woodward), or topographic name for someone who lived in the woods. ... [more]
WOODRUFFEnglish
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.
WOODSONEnglish
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."
WOOLDRIDGEEnglish
From the medieval personal name Wolrich (from Old English Wulfrīc, literally "wolf-power").
WOOLEVERGerman
Morphed from the German surname Wohleber which means well-liver
WOOLGAREnglish
From the medieval male personal name Wolgar (from Old English Wulfgār, literally "wolf-spear").
WOOLNOUGHEnglish
From the medieval male personal name Wolnoth or Wolnaugh (from Old English Wulfnōth, literally "wolf-daring").
WOOSENCRAFTWelsh
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")
WOOTENEnglish
Habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places named with Old English wudu "wood" + tun "enclosure", "settlement",
WOOTTONEnglish
Variant spelling of WOOTEN.
WORKScottish
orkney isles
WORKScottish
Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney.
WORLEYEnglish
mostly found in Lancashire and Sussex. very old english surname. something to do with a hill near a stream.
WORSHIPEnglish (British)
Registered with the Guild of One Name Studies... [more]
WORTHEnglish
From the Old English WORÞ, meaning "enclosure".
WORTHINGTONEnglish
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’.
WOULFEEnglish, Irish
English: variant spelling of Wolf. ... [more]
WOWEREITGerman (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]
WOYTEKCzech, Slovak, Polish
Eastern European surname of unknown meaning. A variant of Vojtek.
WOŹNIAKPolish, Jewish
Derivative or patronymic from the occupational or status term wozny ‘beadle’, ‘city official’.
WOZZEKGerman
Germanized form of VOYTEK.
WRANGLEREnglish
Given to a person who worked as a wrangler.
WRENEnglish
Nickname from the bird, Middle English wrenne, probably in reference to its small size.
WRENNEnglish
Derived from the surname Wren... [more]
WRIEDTGerman, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
WRINNIrish (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Rinn "descendant of Rinn", a personal name perhaps based on reann "spear".
WRÓBELPolish
It literally means "sparrow" in Polish.
WROBLESKIPolish
from Polish "wroble" wren.
WRZESIŃSKIPolish
habitational name for someone from a place called Września in Poznań voivodeship, or a place called Wrzesina or Wrzesiny, named with wrzos ‘heather’.
WUBILIDOOWelsh Mythology
The last name of the Welsh god of Wubilidoo
WUJEKPolish
It literally means "uncle" in Polish but it could possibly refer to the Polesian village of the same name.
WULANDARIIndonesian
A notable bearer is Indonesian pop singer Rini Wulandari (1990-).
WULFHARTGerman
Could mean "brave wolf" from the German elements "wulf" (variant of "wolf") and "hard" (meaning "brave, hardy").
WUORIFinnish
"mountain"
WÜRDEMANNGerman
From the German "Würde"-honour or dignity, and "Mann"-man or person. "Man of Honour" or "Person of Dignity".
WURDEMANNGerman (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]
WURNIGGerman
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.
WURSTERGerman
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.
WURÐINGTUNEnglish
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’.
WÜRTTEMBERGGerman
Württemberg is an historical German territory. Together with Baden and Hohenzollern, two other historical territories, it now forms the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
WYANDTGerman
Americanized form of German WIEGAND... [more]
WYCHERLEYEnglish
Derived from a place name apparently meaning "elm-wood clearing" from Old English wice and leah. A famous bearer was the dramatist William Wycherley (1640-1715).
WYCKOFFDutch
name for someone living at the main farm in a district, from Dutch wijk ‘district’ + hof ‘farmstead’, ‘manor farm’.
WYCKOFFEast Frisian (Modern, Rare, Archaic)
The North Germanic meaning is "settlement on a bay," as in the cognate Viking (Viking is derived from Old Norse vík "bay").
WYLEREnglish
English: variant of Wheeler or a respelling of Jewish Weiler.
WYLIEMedieval English
It is of locational origin, and derives from the places called Willey in the counties of Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Devonshire and Surrey.
WYMEREnglish
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".
WYNDScottish, 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
WYNNWelsh, 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]
WYOMINGEnglish (American)
From the name of the US state.
WYSOKIŃSKIPolish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Wysokin.
WYSZYŃSKIPolish
It indicates familial origin within any of several Podlachian villages named ''Wyszonki''.
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