Baby Names Starting with W
WADE: Old English for "advancer" or "river crossing." This may turn out to be the sort of child who walks on water. Relatives: Wadley, Wasdsorth. Namesakes: Wade Boggs, Virgina Wade, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
WAKEFIELD: Old English for "wet field." Relatives: Wake, Wakeley, Wakeman. Namesakes: Dan Wakefield, "The Vicar of Wakefield."
WALDO: From the Old German for "ruler" and Old English for "mighty." Relatives: Waldemar, Waldorf, Walfred. Namesakes: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Waldo Frank, Waldorf Astoria.
WALKER: Middle English for "cloth worker." This child is destined to write prize-winning books about the South. Namesakes: Walker Percy, Walker Evans, Alice Walker.
WALLACE: Old English for "Welshman." A great choice for a girl. But be forewarned, Wally is a British colloquialism for a wimp. Relatives: Wallis, Wallas, Wally, Wallie, Walsh, Welsh, Welch, Wallach. Namesakes: Wallace Stevens, Wallace Beery, Wallace Stegner, George Wallace, Wallis Simpson, "Wally Cleaver."
WALTER: From the Old German for "powerful warrior." An impressive list of namesakes bodes well for a child named Walter. Relatives: Walt, Wally, Walther, Watson, Watkins, Gautier, Gauthier, Ualtar. Namesakes: Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Walter Scott, Walter Cronkite, Walter Reed, Walter "Red" Smith, Walter Winchell, Walt Disney, Barbara Walters.
WALTON: Old English for "dweller by the wall." Relative: Waller. Namesakes: Bill Walton, Fats Waller, "John Boy Walton."
WANDA: From the Old German for "wanderer." Relatives: Wenda, Wandis, Wendeline, Wendy. Namesake: Wanda Landowska.
WARD: From the Old English for "to guard." A person is called a ward who is under guard or protection. Relatives: Wardell, Warden, Wardley, Warfield, Warford, Warley, Warmond, Warton, Warwick. Namesakes: Ward Bond, Douglas Ward, Dionne Warwick, Marsha Warfield.
WARNER: From the Old German for "defending army." Relative: Werner. Namesakes: Werner Ehrhardt, Werner von Braun, Sylvia Townsend Warner, John Warner, David Warner, Time Warner.