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American Names Starting with W

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The name Walt originates from America and the meaning of Walt is 'army ruler'. It is the diminutive form of the name Walter which is derived from the old German word 'Walthari', which is the combination of ‘Walt’, meaning 'power', and ‘Hari’, which means 'warrior'. Well-known personalities with this name include Walt Disney, an American entrepreneur, movie producer, writer, voice-over artist, and animator, and Walt Whitman, an American writer, poet, journalist, and essayist in the 19th century.

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Wandella is a feminine name of American origin. This name is used as a first name in the United States and other English-speaking countries all over the world. The meaning of Wandella is 'from the little tree' in American English. Wandella is also a combination of two different names, Wanda and Ella.

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The name Waterfall is of American origin.The meaning of Waterfall is 'a cascade of falling water'. It is derived from the Old English term 'woe-tearge-feel', dating back to the seventh century. The first recorded person with this name was Herbert De Waterfale in the 12th century. Later in 1946, a person named Sir Charles Francis Waterfall was given a knighthood for serving as the Chief Commissioner for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This name is typically given to girls, however it can also be given to baby boys as is evident from historical records.

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According to its American origin, the meaning of Wavery is 'ripple of the power' or 'nobility ruler'. It is a combination of the names Wave and Avery, the latter meaning 'one who is the wise ruler of the nobility' according to its derivation from the Old English word 'alf'. Variants of the name Wavery include Wave, Avery, and Waverly, the latter meaning 'meadow of quivering aspens'. Famous people with variations of the name Wavery include Waverly Arthur Jackson, a former American soccer player, and Waverly Alford III, a hip-hop singer and rapper who goes by the stage name King Gordy.

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Wednesday is an American name. The meaning of Wednesday is ‘day of Woden’ where Woden is a Germanic god. The name Woden is derived from Norse god ‘Odin’ or Roman god ‘Mercury’. Wednesday is also the third day of the week. Well-known personalities with this name include Wendy ‘Wednesday’ Martin, an American author and cultural critic, and Wednesday Mourning an actress, and model.

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The name Welcome is of American origin. The meaning of Welcome is taken from the verb 'to welcome', meaning 'the act of inviting someone'. The word is derived from the Old English term 'wilcuma' or 'welcume', meaning 'wishing for a guest'. Due to linguistic evolution, the word evolved to 'welcome'. The name is generally given to baby girls.

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The name Westlyn is of American origin. The meaning of Westlyn is ‘the beautiful west’. Westlyn is also a combination of the family name West, with the given name Lyn.

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Whisper is of American origin. The meaning of Whisper is 'to say something softly', 'in a very light tone'. The verb 'to whisper' means 'to talk softly', 'almost voiceless'. Traditionally, this name is given to baby girls.

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According to its American origin, the meaning of Whoopi is 'commemoration' and 'celebration'. A diminutive of Whoopi is the nickname Whoop. A famous person with this name is Whoopi Goldberg, also known as Caryn Elaine Jhonson, an American actor who appears in 'The Color Purple' and 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'.

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Willa is a feminine form of the name Will and is of American origin. In German, the meaning of Willa is ‘Resolute or adamant protection’. It is derived from the Germanic words ‘wil’, which means ‘desire, will’, and ‘helm’, meaning ‘helmet, protection’. It is also a diminutive of ‘Wilhelmina’ or ‘Willela’. It is not a commonly used person’s name. Well-known personalities with this name include Willa Sibert Cather, an author, and Amanda Lee Williford who is known as Willa Ford, an American actress, interior decorator, singer, and lyricist.

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Willamena is a name of Germanic origin. It is a combination of the names ‘Will’, meaning ‘desire’, and ‘helm’, meaning ‘helmet’. In German, the meaning of Willamena is ‘resolute protection’. Will or William are the diminutive forms of Willamena. A variation of this name is 'Wilhelmina'. Willie and Willa are popular nicknames for this name.

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The meaning of Willene is 'resolute preserver', 'will protect' or 'helmet, determination and wish' and the name is of American origin. It is derived from an old Germanic name Wilhelmina, which is the feminine counterpart of Wilhelm or William, which is composed of two germanic elements - 'wil', meaning 'will' and 'helm' meaning 'helmet' or 'shielding'.

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The meaning of Wilma is 'resolute protector', 'feminine'. This name is a pet name from the name Wilhelmina. It is derived from the Old Norman name Williame, hence the French name, Guillaume (in German, Wilhelm). It is derived in turn from the Old High German name Willihelm, which consists of two components, ‘wiljo’, meaning ‘will, wish, desire’, in conjunction with ‘helmaz’, meaning ‘helmet, protection’. Popular people with this name include Wilma M Blom, a marine scientist; Wilma Chan, an American politician; Wilma lee Cooper, an American singer; Wilma Elles, a German actress; Wilma Goich, an Italian pop singer and television personality; Willma Labet, an Italian film director and screenwriter; Wilma Kipp, an Australian operatic soprano; Wilma Salas, a Cuban volleyball player; Wilma Smith, an American newscaster; and Wilma Webb, an American politician.

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The meaning of Will is 'longed for' or 'desired', according to its American origin. It is a fusion of the names Will and Leona, the latter meaning 'a lion'. Will is also a diminutive form of the name Wilona. A famous person with a variation of this name is the poet Wilona Wilkerson.

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The name Wind is of American origin. In the past, the name Wind was usually given to a person who lived by a pathway, or someone who possessed the skills of a swift runner. The name means 'swift breeze' and is a name primarily given to girls. Another meaning of Wind is 'greyhound'.

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The name Winter is of American origin. The meaning of Winter is 'the coldest season of the year'. As a name, it means 'someone who is a bringer of Spring' or 'someone who brings renewal'. Winter is a gender-neutral name and can be given to either a boy or a girl. It is a common name in English-speaking countries.

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The meaning of Winterlynn is 'pretty winter'. It is of American origin. The name Winterlynn may be a combination of the word 'winter' with the name 'Lynn'. It is a girl's name.

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The meaning of Wood is 'wood' or 'forest', according to its American origin. The name is derived from the words 'wudu' and 'wode', meaning 'forest or woodland'. The name is also believed to have originated from the ancient word 'wad', meaning 'crazy'. First used in the 13th century, Wood is a topographic name, traditionally used to describe a person who lives or works in the woods or forest. Wood is a diminutive of the names Woodie or Woody. Famous people with this name include Natalie Wood, an American actress, and Wood Harris, an actor who played Avon Barksdale in the television series 'The Wire’.

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The meaning of Woody is 'from the alley in the woods' or 'series of houses in the wood', according to its American origin. The name is a diminutive of the name Woodrow, and has other variations including Woodie and Woodey. Most commonly used in the United States, Woody is an occupational name. Famous people with this name include United States President Thomas Woodrow Wilson and the actor and comedian Woody Allen. Other notable figures with this name include the American folk musician Woody Guthrie and Woody Milintachida, a content producer and television presenter. The name also belongs to Woody Lowe, an American soccer player, as well as the American baseball players Woody Rich, Woody English, and Woody Abernathy.

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Worth is an American name. The name Worth is derived from the Old English word ‘weorth’, which means ‘to honor’. Other possible meanings of Worth are ‘fenced farm, from a farm, homestead wealth, and enclosure’. It is not a very common name, although there are a few famous personalities with the name, such as Charles Frederick Worth, known as the ‘father of Haute couture' and the founder of ‘The House of Worth’, and Ellis Worth, an English actor in the 17th century.

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