Wolf German, English
From Middle High German or Middle English wolf
, or else from a Germanic given name beginning with this element.
Of uncertain origin. One theory suggests that it indicated a dweller by a hollow oak tree, derived from Old English womb
"hollow" and ac
Wood English, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a forest, derived from Old English wudu "wood"
Indicated a person who had a home near a wood, derived from Old English wudu
"wood" and ham
From a place name meaning "row of houses by a wood"
in Old English.
Occupational name for a forester, meaning "ward of the wood"
in Old English.
Derived from the name of a town in Suffolk, England meaning "enclosed homestead"
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.
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, settlement".
From a nickname for a clever or cunning person, from Middle English yap
meaning "devious, deceitful, shrewd"
From Old English geat
, a name for a gatekeeper or someone who lived near a gate.
From the name of the English city of York, which was originally called Eburacon
(Latinized as Eboracum
), meaning "yew" in Brythonic, but was altered by association with Old English Eoforwic
, meaning "pig farm".
Derived from Old English geong
. This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.
Originally indicated a person from the town of Yoxall in Staffordshire, itself derived from Old English geoc
"oxen yoke" and halh