Baby Names: Names Starting with W

WARREN: From the Old German for "watchman" and Middle English for "game keeper." A splendid choice that refuses to submit to lightweight nicknames. Relatives: Wareine, Warin, Warrener. Namesakes: Warren G. Harding, Warren Beatty, Jennifer Warren, Robert Penn Warren, Earl Warren, Warren Burger.

WASHINGTON: Old English for "from the estate of the wise one." Some might question whether our nation's capital was aptly named. Namesakes: Washington Irving, George Washington.

WATSON: Old English for "son of Walter." Relatives: Watkins, Watt. Namesakes: James Watson, Watkins Glen, "Dr. Watson."

WAVERLY: Old English for "from the tree-lined meadow." Sir Walter Scott wrote some thirty books under a pseudonym, and the first of these was the novel Waverly. Namesakes: Viscount John Waverly, Waverly Place (N.Y.)

WAYLAND: Old English for "from the path land." Relatives: Waylon, Way. Namesakes: Waylon Jennings, Way Bandy.


WAYNE: Old English for "wagon maker." Wayne too plain? Try Wainwright. Relatives: Wagner, Waggoner, Wain, Wainwright. Namesakes: Wayne Gretzky, John Wayne, Jonathan Wainwright.

WEBSTER: Old English for "weaver." An expedient selection for a future philologist. Relatives: Weber, Webley, Webb. Namesakes: Noah Webster, Daniel Webster, W.E.B. Du Bois.

WELLS: Old English for "from the springs." These rather formal-sounding names hint at a family estate in the country. Relatives: Welles, Weller, Welborne, Welby, Weldon, Welford, Welton. Namesakes: H.G. Wells, Orson Welles, Wells Fargo, Wells College.

WENDELL: Old German for "wanderer." You can have Wendell on her birth certificate but call her Wendy. Namesake: Wendell Willkie.

WENDY: Old English for "fair" and a pet form of Gwendolyn. Peter Pan's girlfriend. Relatives: Wendie, Wendee, Gwendolyn. Namesake: Wendy Wasserstein.

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