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".
WÄGNER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAGNER     German
From Middle High German wagener meaning "wagon maker, cartwright". This name was borne by the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).
WÄHNER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAHNER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WAKEFIELD     English
Originally indicated a person who came from the English city of Wakefield, derived from Old English wacu "wake, vigil" and feld "field".
WALDFOGEL     Jewish
Variant of WALDVOGEL.
WALDROUP     English
Variant of WARDROBE.
WALDVOGEL     Jewish
Ornamental Jewish name derived from German Wald meaning "forest" and Vogel meaning "bird".
WALENTOWICZ     Polish
Means "son of WALENTY".
WALKENHORST     German
Possibly derived from a German place name Falkenhorst, from Falken meaning "falcons" and Horst meaning "thicket".
WALKER     English
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".
WALLACE     Scottish, 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.
WALLACH     Yiddish
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".
WALLIS     Scottish, English
Variant of WALLACE.
WALMSLEY     English
Originally denoted a person from the English town of WALMERSLEY.
WALSH     English, Irish
From Old English wælisc meaning "foreigner, stranger, Celt".
WALTER     English, German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTERS     English
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WALTERSON     English
Means "son of WALTER".
WALTERSSON     Swedish
Variant of WALTERSON.
WALTHER     German
From the given name WALTHER.
WALTON     English
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".
WALTZ     German
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".
WARDROBE     English
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".
WARNER     German, English
Variant of WERNER.
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".
WARRICK     English
Variant of WARWICK.
WARSHAWSKY     Jewish
Variant of WARSZAWSKI.
WARSZAWSKI     Polish, Jewish
Place name for someone from the Polish city of Warsaw, itself derived from the given name Warsz, a short form of WARCISŁAW.
WARWICK     English
From the name of an English town, itself derived from Old English wer "weir, dam" and wíc "village, town".
WASH     English
Derived from the Norman name WAZO.
WASHINGTON     English
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.
WATANABE     Japanese
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.
WATKINS     English
Derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, which was a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATSON     English, Scottish
Patronymic derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATT     English
Derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WATTS     English
Patronymic derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.
WAUTERS     Dutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WAWRZASZEK     Polish
Means "son of WAWRZYNIEC".
WAXWEILER     German
Denoted a person from Waxweiler, a village in the Eifel region of Germany.
WAY     English
From Old English weg meaning "way, road, path".
WAYNE     English
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".
WEBB     English
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
WEBER     German
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEBSTER     English
Occupational name meaning "weaver", from Old English webba, a derivative of wefan "to weave".
WECHSLER     German, Jewish
Means "money changer, banker", from German wechseln "to exchange".
WEDEKIND     German
From the given name WIDUKIND.
WEEBER     German
German cognate of WEAVER (1).
WEEKES     English
Derived from Old English wíc meaning "village, town".
WEGENER     Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEGNER     Low German
Low German variant of WAGNER.
WEHNER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHNERT     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEHUNT     German
Americanized form of German WIEGAND.
WEIGAND     German
From the given name WIEGAND.
WEIMANN     German
From German Wein meaning "wine", an occupational name for a wine seller or producer.
WEINER     German
Variant of WAGNER.
WEISS     German
From Middle High German wiz meaning "white". This was originally a nickname for a person with white hair or skin.
WEIß     German
Variant of WEISS.
WELCH     English
Variant of WALSH.
WELLS     English
Derived from Middle English welle meaning "well, spring, water hole".
WELTER     German
Derived from the given name WALTER.
WEMBLEY     English
From the name of a town, now part of Greater London, meaning "WEMBA's clearing" in Old English.
WEN     Chinese
From Chinese (wén) meaning "literature, culture, writing".
WENDEL     German
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WENDELL     German
Derived from the given name WENDEL.
WERNER     German
From the given name WERNER.
WERNHER     German
From the given name WERNER.
WESCOTT     English
Variant of WESTCOTT.
WESLEY     English
Variant of WESTLEY.
WEST     English, German
Denoted a person who lived to the west of something, or who came from the west.
WESTBROOK     English
From the name of places in England, derived from Old English west "west" and broc "brook, stream".
WESTCOTT     English
From any of the several English towns by this name, derived from Old English meaning "west cottage".
WESTENBERG     Dutch
Means "west of the mountain", originally referring to a person who lived there.
WESTERBERG     Swedish
Derived from Swedish väster "west" and berg "mountain".
WESTLEY     English
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English west "west" and leah "woodland, clearing".
WETZEL     German
From the given name WENZEL.
WEXLER     Jewish
Variant of WECHSLER.
WHALEN     Irish
Variant of WHELAN.
WHEELER     English
Occupational name for a maker of wagon wheels, derived from Middle English whele "wheel".
WHEELOCK     English
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".
WHELAN     Irish
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Faoláin meaning "descendant of FAOLÁN".
WHINERY     English
From Middle English whin "gorse bush" and wray "nook of land".
WHITAKER     English
From a place name composed of Old English hwit "white" and æcer "field".
WHITE     English
Originally a nickname for a person who had white hair or a pale complexion, from Old English hwit "white".
WHITNEY     English
Originally from the name of an English town, meaning "white island" in Old English.
WHITTEMORE     English
From various English place names derived from Old English hwit "white" and mor "moor, heath, bog".
WHITTLE     English
From various English place names derived from Old English hwit "white" and hyll "hill".
WIATER     Polish
Derived from Polish wiatr "wind", a nickname for a quick person.
WICKHAM     English
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".
WIECK     German
Means "village, town", derived from Latin vicus.
WIEGAND     German
From the given name WIEGAND.
WILBUR     English
From the nickname Wildbor meaning "wild boar" in Middle English.
WILCOX     English
From a diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILDGRUBE     German
From the name of a German town, derived from German wild "wild, untamed" and Grube "hollow, pit".
WILKERSON     English
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILKIE     English
Double diminutive of the given name WILLIAM.
WILKINS     English
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILKINSON     English
Means "son of WILKIN".
WILLARD     English
From the given name WILHEARD or WILLIHARD.
WILLEMS     Dutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILLEMSE     Dutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILLEMSEN     Dutch
Means "son of WILLEM".
WILLIAM     English
Derived from the given name WILLIAM.
WILLIAMS     English
Means "son of WILLIAM".
WILLIAMSON     English
Means "son of WILLIAM".
WILLIS     English
Derived from the given name WILLIAM. A famous bearer of this surname is actor Bruce Willis (1955-).
WILLOUGHBY     English
From the name of various English towns, derived from Old English wilig meaning "willow" and Old Norse býr "farm, settlement".
WILMER     English
Derived from the given name WILMǢR.
WILMS     Dutch
Derived from the given name WILLEM.
WILSON     English
Means "son of WILL".
WILTON     English
From any of the English towns named WILTON.
WINCHESTER     English
From an English place name, derived from Venta, of Celtic origin, and Latin castrum meaning "camp, fortress".
WINFIELD     English
From a place name derived from Old English winn "meadow, pasture" and feld "field".
WINOGRAD     Jewish
Jewish form of VINOGRADOV.
WINOGRODZKI     Polish
Polish cognate of VINOGRADOV.
WINSHIP     English
Possibly denoted a person who came from Wincheap Street in Canterbury, England. It is uncertain origin, possibly meaning "wine market" in Old English.
WINSLOW     English
Derived from an Old English place name meaning "hill belonging to WINE".
WINSTON     English
Derived from the given name WYNNSTAN.
WINTER     English, German, Swedish
From Old English winter or Old High German wintar meaning "winter". This was a nickname for a person with a cold personality.
WINTERBOTTOM     English
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.
WINTHER     Danish, Swedish
Danish and Swedish variant of WINTER.
WINTHROP     English
Habitational name from the place names WINTHROPE (1) or WINTHROPE (2).
WINTON     English
Derived from the name of several English villages. Their names derive from Old English meaning "enclosure belonging to WINE".
WIRNER     German
From the given name WERNER.
WIRNHIER     German
From the given name WERNER.
WIRT     German
Variant of WIRTH.
WIRTH     German, Jewish
Occupational name for an innkeeper, derived from German wirt meaning "host".
WITHERSPOON     English
Originally given to a person who dwelt near a sheep enclosure, from Middle English wether "sheep" and spong "strip of land".
WOJDA     Polish
Variant of WOJEWODA.
WOJEWODA     Polish
From the Polish title wojewoda meaning "governor, voivode" (originally meaning "warlord").
WOJEWÓDKA     Polish
Variant of WOJEWODA.
WOJEWÓDZKI     Polish
Variant of WOJEWODA.
WOLANSKI     Polish
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".
WOLF     German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf meaning "wolf", or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.
WOLFE     English
Variant of WOLF.
WOLFF     German, Danish, Norwegian, Jewish
Variant of WOLF.
WOLTER     German
From the given name WALTER.
WOLTERS     Dutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WOMACK     English
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.
WOOD     English, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a forest, derived from Old English wudu "wood".
WOODCOCK     English
Nickname referring to the woodcock bird.
WOODHAM     English
Indicated a person who had a home near a wood, derived from Old English wudu "wood" and ham "home".
WOODHAMS     English
Variant of WOODHAM.
WOODROW     English
From a place name meaning "row of houses by a wood" in Old English.
WOODS     English, Scottish
Variant of WOOD.
WOODWARD     English
Occupational name for a forester, meaning "ward of the wood" in Old English.
WOOTTON     English
Derived from Old English wudu "wood" and tun "enclosure, town".
WÖRNER     German
From the given name WERNER.
WÖRNHÖR     German
From the given name WERNER.
WORTHAM     English
Derived from the name of a town in Suffolk, England meaning "enclosed homestead".
WOUTERS     Dutch
Means "son of WOUTER".
WRAGGE     English
Derived from the Old Danish given name Wraghi, a variant of VRAGI.
WRAY     English
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.
WRONA     Polish
Derived from Polish wrona meaning "crow".
WRONSKI     Polish
Derived from Polish wrona meaning "crow".
WRUCK     German
From Middle Low German wrok meaning "cantankerous".
WU     Chinese
From Chinese () which refers to the ancient state of Wu, which was located in present-day Jiangsu province.
WUOPIO     Swedish
Means uncertain, possibly refers to a dweller in a narrow bay with steep shores.
WYATT     English
From the medieval given name WYOT.
WYMAN     English
From the Old English given name WIGMUND.
WYNDHAM     English
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".
WYNNE     English
Derived from the given name WINE.
WYRICK     Polish
Americanized form of WYRZYK.
WYRZYK     Polish
Variant of WYRZYKOWSKI.
WYRZYKOWSKI     Polish
Possibly from the Polish place name Wyrzyki, of uncertain meaning, maybe "away from the river".
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