Submitted Surnames Starting with W

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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
Wittman German
Wittman was first found in the Palatinate in the Rhineland valley. The surname Wittman was given to someone who lived in the area that was referred to as widem which was originally derived from the German word denoting church property.
Witz German, Jewish
From the medieval personal name Witzo, a short form of any of several Germanic compound names beginning with wig ‘battle’... [more]
Witzel German
The German surname is of patronymic origin, deriving from the name of the father of the original bearer.
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-).
Wohl German, Yiddish
Meaning "pleasant" in both Middle German and Ashkenazic Yiddish
Wojciechowska Polish
Habitational name for someone from any of several places called Wojciechowo or Wojciechów, named with 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).
Wojtczak Polish
Polish: patronymic from Wojtek, a pet form of the personal name Wojciech ( see Voytek ).
Wolfhard English (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”.
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.
Wolfmeyer German
From German wolf "wolf" and meyer "tenant farmer".
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’).
Wollstonecraft Anglo-Saxon
Wollstonecraft derived originally from the Saxon name of Wulfstan which later developed into Wol(f)stan. The name means wolf stone and is one of a number of names based on Wolf.... [more]
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
Wongchai Thai
From Thai วงศ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty" and ไชย (chai) meaning "victory".
Wongkaeo Thai
From Thai วงศ์ or วงษ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty" and แก้ว (kaeo) meaning "crystal, glass, diamond".
Wongkham Thai
From Thai วงศ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty" and คำ (kham) meaning "gold".
Wongsawat Thai
From Thai วงศ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty" and สวัสดิ์ (sawat) meaning "happiness".
Wongsuwan Thai
From Thai วงศ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty" and สุวรรณ (suwan) meaning "gold".
Wongyai Thai
From Thai วงศ์ (wong) meaning "lineage, family, dynasty" and ใหญ่ (yai) meaning "big, large, great".
Woo Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of Hu.
Woo Korean
Woo is a spelling variant of ‘Wu’ referring to an ancient state of ‘Wu’. It is located in the Jiangsu province.
Woodbine English (Rare)
From the English word "woodbine" that means "honeysuckle(plant)"in English.It seems uncommon in the English-speak culture for a surname.Also some American place names,too.
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]
Woodfork English
"fork in the road in woodland"
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."
Woodwin English (British)
Mix of words "Wood" and "Win".
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").
Woolley English
A habitational name from any of various places so-called. Most, including those in Berkshire, Cambridgeshire, and West Yorkshire in England, are derived from the Old English wulf, meaning "wolf", and leah, meaning "wood" or "clearing"... [more]
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.
Workman English
Ostensibly an occupational name for a laborer, derived from Middle English work and man. According to a gloss, the term was used in the Middle Ages to denote an ambidextrous person, and the surname may also be a nickname in this sense.
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.
Wozniak Polish (Expatriate)
Unaccented form of Woźniak primarily used outside of Poland.
Woźniakowa Polish (Archaic), Jewish
Archaic feminine spelling of Woźniak.
Wozzek German
Germanized form of Voytek.
Wrangler English
Given to a person who worked as a wrangler.
Wraye English
Variant of the habitational name Wray or Ray, from any of various minor places in northern England named Wray, Wrea, or Wreay, from Old Norse vrá ‘nook’, ‘corner’, ‘recess’.
Wrbanek Polish
Polish, Czech (Urbánek), and Sorbian: from a pet form of the personal name Urban . The surname is also established in Germany.
Wren English
Nickname from the bird, Middle English wrenne, probably in reference to its small size.
Wrenn English
Derived from the surname Wren... [more]
Wretman Swedish
Combination of Swedish vret "remote small field situated some distance away from a bigger field" and man "man".
Wriedt German, Dutch
Nickname from Middle Low German wrēt, wrede meaning "fierce", "evil", "angry".
Wrightson English
Means "son of Wright".
Wrinn Irish (Anglicized)
From Irish Gaelic Ó Rinn "descendant of Rinn", a personal name perhaps based on reann "spear".
Wróbel Polish
Means "sparrow" in Polish.
Wrobleski Polish
from Polish "wroble" wren.
Wroldsen Norwegian
Means "son of Wrold" in Norwegian.
Wryta Norman
Old Norse Men Normans Wryta brothers fought with William The Conqueror at Battle of Hastings onto King Henry VIII granting landed, gentry, coat of arms, baronetcy, and lord title to Sir John Wright of Kelvedon Hall ESsex on 6/20/1509
Wrzesiński Polish
Name for someone from a place called Września, Wrzesina or Wrzesiny, all derived from Polish wrzos meaning "heather".
Wujek Polish
It literally means "uncle" in Polish but it could possibly refer to the Polesian village of the same name.
Wulfhart German
Could mean "brave wolf" from the German elements "wulf" (variant of "wolf") and "hard" (meaning "brave, hardy").
Wulflam Low German
Name of the mayor of Stralsund Bertram Wulflam and his son Wulfhard Wulflam.
Wunderlich German
A nickname for an eccentric or moody person, derived from the word wunderlich meaning "whimsical" in German.
Wünsche 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.
Wuori Finnish
"mountain"
Würdemann German
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]
Wurnig German
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.
Wurster German
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.
Wurðingtun 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’.
Württemberg German
Württemberg is an historical German territory. Together with Baden and Hohenzollern, two other historical territories, it now forms the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg.
Wurtz German
A metonymic occupational name for a greengrocer or grower or seller of herbs, from Middle High German würz, meaning ‘herb’.
Wuttke German
Originally denoted a person from Wutike, near Neuruppin, Brandenburg, Germany.
Wyandt German
Americanized form of German WIEGAND... [more]
Wycherley English
Derived from a place name apparently meaning "elm-wood clearing" from Old English wice and leah. A famous bearer was the dramatist William Wycherley (1640-1715).
Wyckoff Dutch
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 "bay").
Wyeth English
May come either from the Old English word "withig" meaning "willow" or from Guyat, a pet form of the Old French given name Guy. Probably unrelated to Wyatt.
Wykes Anglo-Saxon
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]
Wylden English
Variant of Wilden.
Wyler English
English: variant of Wheeler or a respelling of Jewish Weiler.
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.
Wymer English
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]
Wynter English
Variant of Winter.
Wyoming English (American)
From the name of the US state.
Wysokiński Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Wysokin.
Wyszyński Polish
It indicates familial origin within any of several Podlachian villages named ''Wyszonki''.