Baby Names: Names Starting with W


WILSON: Old English for "son of William." This is Ronald Regan's middle name. Namesakes: Wilson Pickett, Woodrow Wilson, Lanford Wilson.

WINIFRED: From the Old German for "peaceful friend." Relatives: Winnie, Winny, Winni, Win, Winn, Wyn, Fred, Freddie, Freddy. Namesakes: Winnie Mandela, "Winnie the Pooh."

WINONA: Sioux Indian for "firstborn daughter." Relatives: Winonah, Wenona. Namesakes: Hiawatha's mother, Winona Ryder, Winona (Minn.), Wynnonah Judd.

WINSLOW: Old English for "from the friend's hill." Relatives: Winchell, Windsor, Winfield, Winfred, Wingate, Winthrop, Winton, Wynton, Winward, Winfrey. Namesakes: Winslow Homer, Wynton Marsalis, Walter Winchell, Dave Winfield, John Winthrop.

WINSTON: Old English for "from the friend's estate." England's grand old prime minister inspired many little Winstons after World War II. Relatives: Wynston, Winnie, Win. Namesakes: Winston Churchill, Winston-Salem (N.C.)

WINTER: From the Old English for the season. An off-the-beaten-track name for a girl or boy. Relatives: Wynter, Winters, Win. Namesakes: Jonathan Winters, Dana Winters.

WITT: Old English for "wise." For the baby with a sly sense of humor. Relatives: Witter, Witton, Witley, Wit. Namesake: Katarina Witt.

WOLFGANG: Old German for "advancing wolf." This perennial favorite in Germany has never established itself elsewhere. Relatives: Wolf, Wolfe, Wolfie, Wolcott, Woolsey. Namesakes: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Wolfman Jack, Alexander Woolcott, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Tom Wolfe.

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