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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).
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.
An English occupational surname, meaning "one who whistles."
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
WHITEHEAD English, Scottish
Nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from Middle English whit
"white" and heved
the origin of this surname started in England where people were called Whitehouse when they painted their houses white.
It is locational from any or all of the places called Whitfield in the counties of Derbyshire, Kent, Northamptonshire and Northumberland, or from the villages called Whitefield in Lancashire, the Isle of Wight and Gloucestershire.
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).
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.
This surname is derived from a place name composed of Old English elements hwit
meaning "white" and leah
meaning "clearing, grove."
Nickname for someone with white or fair hair, from Middle English whit
‘white’ + lock
‘tress’, ‘curl’. Compare Sherlock
. ... [more]
white hill” place name from east side of country in lower Northumbria perhaps? Or perhaps next lower shire.
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
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
From the medieval female personal name Wyburgh
, literally "war-fortress". (Cf. Germanic cognate Wigburg
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]
A habitational surname that originates from a lost medieval site or village of Norse origins.... [more]
Two separate surnames, joined together to form Wicksey, when the Vikings invaded England. The name means "Dairy Farmer on the Marsh".
Wickström is a Finnish family, originally from Swedish speaking Ostrobothnia associated with the production of automobiles and marine engines.
From the Germanic personal name Widiman
, composed of witu
‘wood’ or wit
‘wide’, ‘broad’ + man
‘man’. Americanized form of German Weidmann
From the Old English male personal name Wihtgār
, literally "elf-spear".
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
From a short form of any of various Germanic personal names beginning with wig
The name comes from the noun in the evening
and it is a diminutive. Originally mean someone born at this time of the day.
Taken from the word wierzba
meaning "willow", this name may have designated someone who lived near a willow tree.
Derived from the Old German word wisa, which means meadow.
Habitational name from any of various places called Wiesent(h)al.
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’.
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.
"Wight" in Anglo-saxon could refer to a "soul," a "being," or to "courage." It is similar to the different meanings of the words "spirit" and "spirited." ... [more]
WIJAYA Indonesian, Javanese
Derived from Indonesian wijaya
meaning "victory", ultimately from Sanskrit विजय (vijaya)
meaning "victory, conquest, triumph".
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]
Denoted a person hailing from Wilbraham in Cambridgeshire, England. The place name itself means "Wilburg
's homestead or estate" in Old English, Wilburg or Wilburga allegedly referring to a 7th-century Anglo-Saxon princess who was given the lands later called Wilbraham by her father, King Penda of Mercia.
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]
The former placename is composed of the Olde English pre 7th Century words "wilg", willow, and "denu", a valley; while the latter place in Worcestershire is derived from the Olde English personal name "Winela", plus the Olde English "dun", a hill or mountain.
no particular meaning. the word wile means to trick though.
Occupational name for a trapper or hunter, from Middle English wile
"trap, snare". It could also be a nickname for a devious person.
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Wilewo.
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]
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
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
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".
Topographic name for someone who lived near a pathway, alleyway, or road, Old English (ge)wind
Ornamental name from vind
"wind", or a habitational name from a place named with this element.
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]
English location name meaning "from a white ford or water crossing" or "from a meadow ford".
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
WINNICK English (Rare)
Habitational name for someone from a place called Winwick, for example in Northamptonshire or Cambridgeshire, both of which are named from the Old English personal name Wina + wic 'outlying dairy farm or settlement'.
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.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, Middle English wyshe (Old English wisc). Americanized spelling of Wisch.
Taken from the word wiśnia
meaning "sour cherry". It is sometimes said to be the third most popular surname in Poland.
WITEK Polish, English (Rare)
from the personal name Wit
, a short form of Witold
, a derivative of Lithuanian Vytautas, a compound of vyti 'to guide' + tauta 'the people'. from a pet form of another personal name Wit
with a different etymology, namely a derivative of Latin Vitus
, from vita 'life'... [more]
"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’.
Habitual surname from Włodawa, Poland. First seen in a 1806 revision list of the city Kobryn (Grodno Guberniya), now Kobryn Belarus. ... [more]
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".
WOEHRLE Ancient Germanic (Gothic)
Origin from Ohio Known for Farmers
, less common occupation was Baker Farmer, Gardener
and Bag Maker
were the top 3 reported jobs.
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".
WOLFHARD English (Modern, Rare)
This name derives from the Old High German name “Wolfhard”, composed of two elements: the “*-wulfaz” (wolf) plus “*harduz / *hardu-” (hard, strong, brave, valiant, powerful one). In turn the name means “the one who is strong like a wolf”.
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
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]
From a rare Anglo-Saxon personal name meaning "bold as Wade" and meant to honor the legendary Germanic sea-giant named Wade
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.
Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational surname from either of the places called Worsley in Lancashire and in Worcestershire. The place in Lancashire was recorded as "Werkesleia" in 1196, and means Weorchaeth's wood or glade
, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Weorchaeth", from weorc
, work, fortification, and leah
, a wood, or clearing in a wood... [more]