Baby Names: Names Starting with W

WEST: From the Old English. This name demands a navy-blue blazer and an old school tie. Relatives: Weston, Westbrook, Westby, Westcott, Weston, Wes, Wesley, Westleigh. Namesakes: Adam West, Morris West, Anthony West, Edward Weston, John Wesley, Westbrook Pegler.

WETHERBY: Old English for "ram's meadow." A well-grounded name for a little Aries. Relatives: Wetherell, Wetherly.

WHEATON: Old English for "wheat town." Before you fall in love with this name, keep in mind there is a breed of dog called the Wheaton terrier. Relatives: Wheatley, Wharton. Namesakes: Edith Wharton, Phillis Wheatley, Wheaton College.


WHIT: Old English for "white." Whitney is the most popular of the Whit names and works equally well for a boy or girl. Relatives: White, Whitey, Whitcomb, Whitby, Whitelaw, Whitfield, Whitford, Whitley, Whitlock, Whitman, Whitmore, Whitney, Whittaker. Namesakes: Whitey Ford, Whitney Houston, Whittaker Chambers, E.B. White, James Whitcomb Riley, Walt Whitman, James Whitmore, Eli Whitney.

WHOOPI: Popular exclamation for "I'm having a good time now." Relatives: Yahoo, Yippee, Wahoo. Namesake: Whoopi Goldberg.

WILHELMINA: Old German for "fierce protector." This powerful name is also a feminine variation of William. The nickname Billie takes the starch out of this one. Relatives: Willamina, Wilhemine, Wihelma, Willette, Wilmette, Wyla, Willa, Wilma, Willie, Willy, Will, Mina, Minnie, Minny, Billie, Billy, Helma, Vilma, Guillelmine, Guillemette, Vilhelmina. Namesales: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Willa Cather, Wilma Rudolph, Billie Jean King, Billie Holliday, "Wilma Flintstone."

WILLIAM: Old German for "valiant protector." Although a popular name for centuries, Prince Charles and Princess Diana may have rekindled interest in this classic by choosing it for their firstborn son. Relatives: Willem Wilhelm, Wlson, Williams, Williamson, Will, Wills, Willie, Willy, Wiley, Wyley, Wilkie, Willkie, Wilkes, Wylkes, Willis, Wilton, Wilmer, Wilmar, Winton, Willard, Wilbur, Wilford, Wilfred, Wilfrid, Guillaume, Guillermo, Vilhelm, Vilem, Viliam, Vasili, Vasily, Uilleam, Uilliam. Namesakes: William the Conqueror, William Hurt, William Carlos Williams, Willie Mays, Will Rogers, Wilfrid Sheed, Wilfred Owen, Wilbur Wright, Willard Scott, Wilt Chamberlain, Willie Nelson.

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