Submitted Surnames Starting with W

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WHISTLER English
An English occupational surname, meaning "one who whistles."
WHITBY English
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 "fortress").
WHITCOMB English (British)
means wide valley
WHITEHEAD English, Scottish
Nickname for someone with fair or prematurely white hair, from Middle English whit "white" and heved "head".
WHITEHOUSE English
the origin of this surname started in England where people were called Whitehouse when they painted their houses white.
WHITEMAN English
From a nickname (see White).
WHITFIELD English
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.
WHITGIFT English
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).
WHITLAM English
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.
WHITLEY English
This surname is derived from a place name composed of Old English elements hwit meaning "white" and leah meaning "clearing, grove."
WHITLOCK English
Nickname for someone with white or fair hair, from Middle English whit ‘white’ + lock ‘tress’, ‘curl’. Compare Sherlock. ... [more]
WHITLOW English
white hill” place name from east side of country in lower Northumbria perhaps? Or perhaps next lower shire.
WHITMAN English
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.... [more]
WHITMARSH English
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.
WHITSIDE English (Rare, ?)
Possibly a variant of Whiteside.
WHITTINGTON English
From a place name, meaning "Hwita’s settlement".
WHYBROW English
From the medieval female personal name Wyburgh, literally "war-fortress". (Cf. Germanic cognate Wigburg.)
WIĄCEK Polish
Derived from the given name Wiecek (see Wieceslaw).
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]
WICKERSHAM English
A habitational surname that originates from a lost medieval site or village of Norse origins.... [more]
WICKSEY English
Two separate surnames, joined together to form Wicksey, when the Vikings invaded England. The name means "Dairy Farmer on the Marsh".
WICKSTRAND Swedish (Rare), Finnish
This is a Finnish and rare Swedish last name.
WICKSTROM Finnish
Wickström is a Finnish family, originally from Swedish speaking Ostrobothnia associated with the production of automobiles and marine engines.
WIDEMAN German
From the Germanic personal name Widiman, composed of witu ‘wood’ or wit ‘wide’, ‘broad’ + man ‘man’. Americanized form of German Weidmann ‘huntsman’.
WIDEMAN Swedish (Anglicized)
Americanized form of Swedish Widman.
WIDGER English
From the Old English male personal name Wihtgār, literally "elf-spear".
WIDJAJA Indonesian
From the Indonesian word wijaya meaning "victory".
WIDMAN Swedish
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 ‘man’.
WIDMAN German
Altered spelling of German Widmann.
WIDMANN German
Variant of Wiedmann ‘huntsman’ and Wideman.
WIDUKIND Anglo-Saxon
"wood-child." From Old Saxon widu ("wood") and kind ("child")
WIEBE German
From a short form of any of various Germanic personal names beginning with wig ‘battle’, ‘war.’
WIECZOREK Polish
The name comes from the noun in the evening and it is a diminutive. Originally mean someone born at this time of the day.
WIEDEMANN German
Variation of Wideman.
WIEDMANN Upper German
North German variant of Widemann (see Wideman).
WIEMANN Low German
Variant of Weinmann, from Middle Low German, Middle High German winman ‘viticulturalist’, ‘wine merchant’. Variant of Wiedemann. ... [more]
WIERCZOWOKOWSKI Polish
A polish surname that is not used anymore to often. It was common in Polish areas.
WIERZBICKA Polish
Feminine form of Wierzbicki.
WIERZBOWSKI Polish
Taken from the word wierzba meaning "willow", this name may have designated someone who lived near a willow tree.
WIESEL German, Jewish
Means "weasel" in German.
WIESENTHAL German
Habitational name from any of various places called Wiesent(h)al.
WIESENTHAL Jewish
Ornamental name from German Wiese "meadow" + Tal "valley".
WIESNER German
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’.
WIEST Polish
Not available
WIGGIN English
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.
WIGGINS English
Patronymic from the personal name Wiggin.
WIGHT Scottish, English
Nickname from Middle English wiht, wight "nimble, strong".
WIGHTMAN English
"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".
WIJK Swedish
Derived from Swedish vik "bay".
WIKSTRÖM Swedish
Composed of the elements vik "bay" and ström "stream"
WILBERFORCE English
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]
WILBRAHAM English
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.
WILBURN English
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]
WILDBLOOD English
From a medieval nickname for a rakish or hot-headed person.
WILDRICK English
From German Wildreich, a medieval personal name, from Old High German wildi "wild".
WILDSMITH English
Probably means "maker of wheels, wheelwright".
WILE Hungarian
no particular meaning. the word wile means to trick though.
WILES English
Occupational name for a trapper or hunter, from Middle English wile "trap, snare". It could also be a nickname for a devious person.
WILEWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Wilewo.
WILHELMSSON Swedish
Means "son of Wilhelm".
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]
WILKES English, Frisian
English: patronymic from Wilk.... [more]
WILKOSZ Polish
Derivative of WILK.
WILL Scottish, 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]
WILLE German
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names beginning Willi-, as for example, Willibrant, Willihart.
WILLETT English
From a pet form of Will, or an Americanized form of French Ouellette.
WILLIAM SCOTT BURNS English (American)
William Scott Burns ( Martin)
WILLING English
Patronymic from the Old English personal name Willa.
WILLINGHAM English
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".
WILLOCK English
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".
WILLS English
Patronymic from Will.
WILLS German
Patronymic from any of the Germanic personal names beginning with wil "will, desire".
WIMPEY English
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.
WIN Dutch, English, Burmese, Thai
Southeast Asian: unexplained. ... [more]
WINCHEL English
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".
WIND English
Topographic name for someone who lived near a pathway, alleyway, or road, Old English (ge)wind (from windan "to go").
WIND Swedish
Ornamental name from vind "wind", or a habitational name from a place named with this element.
WIND German
Variant of Wendt.
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 (see Wyman) + Old English ham ‘homestead’... [more]
WINEGARDNER English (American)
Anglicized form of the German occupational surname Weingartner. A known bearer of this surname is the American writer Mark Winegardner (b. 1961).
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]
WINFORD English
English location name meaning "from a white ford or water crossing" or "from a meadow ford".
WINFREY English
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]
WINNEY English
Derived from an unattested Old English given name, *Wyngeofu, composed of the elements wyn "joy" and geofu "battle".... [more]
WINSETT English
From an English surname of unexplained origin, perhaps related to Winslow, Winston or Windsor.
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]
WINSTANLEY English
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.
WINTERBERG German
Habitational name from any of several places named with Middle High German winter "winter" and berg "mountain".
WINTERBORN English (British)
Variant spelling of Winterbourne.
WINTERBOURN English
A variant spelling of the surname Winterbourne, means "winter stream", a stream or river that is dry through the summer months.
WINTERBOURNE English (British)
Probably meaning "winter stream". A large village in Gloucestershire, From the Thomas Hardy novel "The Woodlanders".
WINTERFIELD English
From the English words "Winter" and "Field".
WINTERS English, German
Patronymic form of Winter.
WINTERSON English
Patronymic form of Winter.
WIREDU Akan
Meaning unknown.
WIRTA Finnish
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.
WISE English
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.
WISH English
Topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow or marsh, Middle English wyshe (Old English wisc). Americanized spelling of Wisch.
WISNESKI Polish
A derivate of Wisniewski, which is said to mean "The Little Cherry Tree"
WIŚNIEWSKI Polish
Taken from the word wiśnia meaning "sour cherry". It is sometimes said to be the third most popular surname in Poland.
WISSMACH German
I think it is German
WITHALL English
"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]
WITHYCOMBE English
Willow Valley. ... [more]
WITKOWSKI Polish
habitational name for someone from any of the places in Poland called Witkowo, Witków, or Witkowice, named with the personal name Witek.
WITTE Dutch
Nickname for someone with white or blonde hair or an unusually pale complexion, from Middle Dutch witte "white".
WITTEN Low German
North German patronymic from 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.
WITTER German
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements widu "wood" and hari "army".
WITTLIN Jewish
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]
WITZIG German
German: nickname from Middle High German witzic ‘clever’, ‘prudent’, ‘knowing’.
WŁADYSŁAW Polish
four polish kings names
WLODAWSKI Jewish
Habitual surname from Włodawa, Poland. First seen in a 1806 revision list of the city Kobryn (Grodno Guberniya), now Kobryn Belarus. ... [more]
WŁOSZCZOWSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Lesser Polish localities: the town of Włoszczowa or the village of Włoszczowice.
WODDA Indian, Tamil
Another form of Odda.
WODZIŃSKI Polish
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.
WOELK German
German variant spelling of Wölk (see Wolk).
WOELKE German
German variant spelling of Wölke, itself a variant of Wolk.
WOGAN Irish
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-).
WOJCIECHOWSKA Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Wojciechowo or Wojciechów, named with the personal name WOJCIECH.
WOJCIECHOWSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Wojciechowo or Wojciechów, named with the personal name WOJCIECH.
WOJCIK Polish
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.
WÓJCIŃSKI Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of the many places called Wójcin, or from Wójcina in Tarnów voivodeship, named with wójt meaning "village headman".
WOJICK Polish
Pet form of the personal name WOJCIECH (see VOYTEK).
WOLFIT English
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.
WOLFORD German
Means where the wolves cross the river/stream. Wolf meaning the animal and Ford meaning crossing a body of shallow water.... [more]
WOLFRAM English, German
From the given name Wolfram.
WOLFSON English
Means "son of Wolf" in English.
WOLK German, American
Surname derived from a northern German short form of the given name Walter.
WOLKEN German
Surname derived from a diminutive of the given name Wolter, a Low German form of Walter.... [more]
WOLLSCHLÄGER German
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’).
WOLOWITZ Jewish
This is the surname of the character Howard in the American television show "The Big Bang Theory".
WOLSEY English
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.
WOLSTENHOLME English (British, Rare)
A famous bearer is Chris Wolstenholme, bassist and sometimes vocalist of British alternative rock band Muse.
WOLSTON English
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’.
WOLTRING Dutch
Derived from the German or Germanic name "Woltering".... [more]
WOLVERIDGE English (British)
Derived from the personal name WULFRIC.
WONAI Shona
It is a form of the Shona name Onai.
WONDERGEM Dutch
gem cutter or gem setter-jewler
WONGAI Shona
It is a form of the Shona name Vongai
WOODBRIDGE English
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]
WOODFALL English
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]
WOODGER English (British)
Woodger comes from the occupation of wood cutter in old english
WOODLEY English (American)
"From the wooded meadow". The actress Shailene Woodley's last surname
WOODLOCK Irish, French, English
From an Old English personal name, Wudlac, composed of the elements wudu ‘wood’ + lac ‘play’, ‘sport’.
WOODMAN English
Occupational name for a woodcutter or a forester (compare Woodward), or topographic name for someone who lived in the woods. ... [more]
WOODNUT English
From a rare Anglo-Saxon personal name meaning "bold as Wade" and meant to honor the legendary Germanic sea-giant named Wade.
WOODRUFF English
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.
WOODSON English
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."
WOOLDRIDGE English
From the medieval personal name Wolrich (from Old English Wulfrīc, literally "wolf-power").
WOOLEVER German
Morphed from the German surname Wohleber which means well-liver
WOOLGAR English
From the medieval male personal name Wolgar (from Old English Wulfgār, literally "wolf-spear").
WOOLNOUGH English
From the medieval male personal name Wolnoth or Wolnaugh (from Old English Wulfnōth, literally "wolf-daring").
WOOSENCRAFT Welsh
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")
WOOTEN English
Habitational name from any of the extremely numerous places named with Old English wudu "wood" + tun "enclosure", "settlement",
WORDEN English
Guardian
WORK Scottish
Scottish: habitational name from the lands of Work in the parish of St. Ola, Orkney.
WORLEY English
mostly found in Lancashire and Sussex. very old english surname. something to do with a hill near a stream.
WORSHIP English (British)
Registered with the Guild of One Name Studies... [more]
WORSLEY English
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]
WORTH English
From the Old English WORÞ, meaning "enclosure".
WORTHINGTON English
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’.
WOULFE English, Irish
English: variant spelling of Wolf. ... [more]
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]
WOYTEK Czech, Slovak, Polish
Eastern European surname of unknown meaning. A variant of Vojtek.
WOŹNIAK Polish, Jewish
Derivative or patronymic from the occupational or status term wozny ‘beadle’, ‘city official’.
WOZZEK German
Germanized form of VOYTEK.
WRANGLER English
Given to a person who worked as a wrangler.
WREN English
Nickname from the bird, Middle English wrenne, probably in reference to its small size.
WRENN English
Derived from the surname Wren... [more]
WRIEDT German, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
WRIGHTSON English
Means "son of Wright".