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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]
From the Old English WORÞ
, meaning "enclosure".
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’.
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]
From Polish woźny
historically referring to a clerk or judicial official.
Nickname from the bird, Middle English wrenne
, probably in reference to its small size.
WRIEDT German, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
WRINN Irish (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Rinn
"descendant of Rinn
", a personal name perhaps based on reann
habitational name for someone from a place called Września in Poznań voivodeship, or a place called Wrzesina or Wrzesiny, named with wrzos ‘heather’.
It literally means "uncle" in Polish but it could possibly refer to the Polesian village of the same name.
Could mean "brave wolf" from the German elements "wulf" (variant of "wolf") and "hard" (meaning "brave, hardy").
A nickname for an eccentric or moody person, derived from the word "Wunderlich", meaning "whimsical" in German.
Probably denoted a person from Wendland, a region in Germany on the borders of the states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Wendling, a municipality in the Grieskirchen District, Upper Austria, Austria.
From the German "Würde"-honour or dignity, and "Mann"-man or person. "Man of Honour" or "Person of Dignity".
WURDEMANN German (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]
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.
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.
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
Württemberg is an historical German territory. Together with Baden and Hohenzollern, two other historical territories, it now forms the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
A metonymic occupational name for a greengrocer or grower or seller of herbs, from Middle High German würz
, meaning ‘herb’.
Originally denoted a person from Wutike, near Neuruppin, Brandenburg, Germany.
Derived from a place name apparently meaning "elm-wood clearing" from Old English wice
. A famous bearer was the dramatist William Wycherley (1640-1715).
name for someone living at the main farm in a district, from Dutch wijk ‘district’ + hof ‘farmstead’, ‘manor farm’.
WYCKOFF East Frisian (Rare)
The North Germanic meaning is "settlement on a bay," as in the cognate Viking (Viking is derived from Old Norse vík
From the Old English wic
, roughly meaning "farm." The plural form is a patronymic of which is "son of Wic."... [more]
WYLDE English (British)
It is a nickname for a person who was of wild or undisciplined character. Looking back even further, the name was originally derived from the Old English word "wilde," meaning "untamed" or "uncivilized."... [more]
WYLIE Medieval English
It is of locational origin, and derives from the places called Willey in the counties of Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Devonshire and Surrey.
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".
WYND Scottish, 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
WYNN Welsh, 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]
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Wysokin.
It indicates familial origin within any of several Podlachian villages named ''Wyszonki''.