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Surnames, their origin and their meaning

Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name. is a directory of Professional Genealogists, Ancestry and Family Tree Researchers.

Surname Origin Meaning
Wade Holland Dutch meadow or pasture
Wadsworth Surname farm or place in the wood
Wagner Germany German wagon-maker or driver
Waite Locality Locality ground cleared of wood, a meadow
Wakefield Locality Locality market-town in west Yorkshire, England
Wakeman Surname watchman
Walden Saxon Saxon woody place
Waldgrave Saxon Saxon From wald, a forest, and grave, a ruler
Waldron Saxon Saxon a wood
Wales Saxon Saxon native of Wales
Walker England English o walk, tread
Wall Surname at the wall
Wallace Saxon Saxon from Wales
Waller Saxon Saxon foreigner
Wallis Surname from Wales
Wallock Celtic Gaelic loch, a lake
Wallop Locality Locality Wallop, in Hampshire, England
Walpole Locality Locality Walpole, a town in Norfolk, England
Walsh Surname Welshman
Walter Germany German keeper of the wood
Walton Locality Locality several villages in England
Wample Locality Locality river of England
Wands Locality Locality place where Woden was worshiped by the Anglo-Saxons
Warburton Locality Locality township in Cheshire, England
Ward Surname A keeper, one who guards
Wardlaw Locality Locality parish of Kirkhill, in Moray, Scotland
Ware Locality Locality market town of Hertfordshire, England
Warne Surname An alder-tree, a ship's mast
Warren Locality Locality Guarenna or Varenna, in the county of Calais, in Normandy
Warrender British British old British dour, water
Warrwick Locality Locality county town of Warwickshire, England
Washington Locality Locality The name was taken from the place in England where the family originated; the town on the wash or salt river or creek.
Wassen Locality Locality town in Switzerland
Watcock Surname The son of Wat or Walter
Waters Locality Locality one who navigated the waters, or resided near them.
Watkins Surname son of Wat or Walter
Watkinson Surname son of Wat or Walter
Watson Surname The son of Walter
Watt Scotland Scottish nickname for Walter
Watts Surname son of Walter
Way Locality Locality A road or passage of any kind;
Wayland Locality Locality Dutch, 'Weiland,' pasture-ground, meadow-land
Weber Germany German weaver
Webster Surname weaver
Weeden Locality Locality town in Northamptonshire
Weidman Holland Dutch Weid, a pasture or meadow, and man,--a herdsman
Weir Locality Locality town of Hertfordshire, England
Welby Locality Locality habitation in a wood or grove
Weld Surname A wood
Welden Locality Locality A wood
Weller Saxon Anglo-Saxon hollow or gulf
Wells Locality Locality person who resided by a well
Wempel Locality Locality river in England
Wemple Locality Locality A river of England
Wemyss Locality Locality Wemyss-shire, in Fife-shire, Scotland
Wendell Holland Dutch a walker
Wentworth Locality Locality The Worth, place, on the river Went, in Northumberland, England
Werden Germany German From Wehr, a fortification, and den, a hill; a town in the Netherlands called Woerden
Werner Germany German warrier
Westall Locality Locality West-Hall
Westcott Surname west cot
Westerveldt Holland Dutch west field
Westmoreland England English A county of England; the West-moor-land
Weston England English west town
Wetherby Locality Locality the wide or extended village
Wetherspoon Locality Locality A grazing-place in the spur of a mountain or hill
Wetherwax Holland Dutch a herdsman, and wacht, a watch, a guard; weide, a pasture, a meadow
Wetsel Locality Locality town on the lower Rhine
Weyland Locality Locality Dutch, Weiland' pasture-ground, meadow-land
Whalley England English Having greenish white eyes; wall-eyed
Wheaden England English An old English west country term for a silly fellow
Whealdon Cornwall Cornish A place where mines are worked
Wheaton Locality Locality a place of the same name on the river Nen, Northamptonshire, England
Wheden England English An old English west country term for a silly fellow
Wheeler Several languages occupation trade
Wheelock Several languages occupation trade
Whieldon Cornwall Cornish A place where mines are worked
Whitby England English White-town, a town in Yorkshire England
White England English color of the hair, or complexion
Whitfield Locality Locality white field
Whitford Locality Locality white ford
Whiting Saxon Saxon fair offspring
Whitlock Saxon Saxon Fair hair
Whitman England English lively, quick, and man
Whitney Saxon Saxon town in Oxfordshire, England
Whittaker Locality Locality The north part of a graveyard allotted to the poor
Wicker Surname A man of the creek or bay
Wickham Saxon Saxon A town in Buckinghamshire, England
Wickliff Saxon Saxon a village six miles from Richmond, in Yorkshire, England
Wigan Locality Locality town on the river Douglass, Lancashire, England
Wiggin Locality Locality a town on the river Douglass, Lancashire, England
Wilberforce Locality Locality Wild-boar-foss, a dike, a ditch
Wilbor Surname Wildboar
Wilbraham Locality Locality Wild-burgh-ham, A town in Kent England
Wilbur Surname Wildboar
Wilcox Surname Son of Will
Wilder Saxon Saxon A traveler, foreigner, or pilgrim
Wilkins Surname son of William
Wilkinson Surname son of Wilkins
Willard Teutonic Teutonic One who has a determined disposition
Willet Surname Little William
William Belgium Belgic Guild-helm, harnessed with a gilded helmet
Williamson Surname son of william
Willis Surname son of Willy
Willoughby Locality Locality The town or habitation by the willows in Lincolnshire, England
Wilmot France French Guillemot, a name frequent in France in early times, derived from Guillaume
Wilson Surname son of William
Wilton Locality Locality a town in Wiltshire, England, so called from the river Willey
Wiltshire Locality Locality A county in England
Wimple Holland Dutch A streamer, pendant
Winch Locality Locality A place in the county of Norfolk, England
Winchcombe Saxon Saxon From wincel, a corner, and comb, a valley
Winchel Holland Dutch From Winschaal, a wine-bowl, a wineshop
Winchester Locality Locality A city of Hampshire, England
Windham Locality Locality A town in the county of Norfolk, England
Windsor Locality Locality A town in Berkshire, England
Winegar Holland Dutch A town in Berkshire, England
Winekoop Holland Dutch Something to drink upon the bargain
Wing Locality Locality A village in the county of Buckingham, England
Wingfield Locality Locality From the manor of Wingfield, in Suffolk, England
Winne Wales Welsh The same as Gwynne, white
Winship Saxon Saxon Wineshop
Winslow Locality Locality From the town of Winslow, in Buckinghamshire, England
Winterton Locality Locality From the village in the county of Norfolk, England
Winthrop Locality Locality wine village
Wire Locality Locality A market town of Hertfordshire, England
Wise Surname wisdom
Wiseman Surname wisdom
Wishart Surname Wise-heart
Wiswall Locality Locality Weisweil, a town in Baden, on the Rhine, Germany
Witherington Locality Locality The withered or dry hill. A place in Northumberland, England
Witherspoon Locality Locality A grazing-place in the spur of a mountain or hill
Witter Holland Dutch A whitener, a fuller, bleacher
Wodderspoon Locality Locality A grazing-place in the spur of a mountain or hill
Wolf Germany German someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a wolf.
Wolsey Locality Locality the Wolds-ley, from wold, a wood, a lawn
Wong Several languages Chinese from a character meaning prince
Wood Locality Locality A surname very ancient in Scotland
Woodruff Surname Wood-reeve, the governor or keeper of a wood, a forester
Woodward Surname a forest-keeper or officer
Woodworth Locality Locality The farm or place in the wood
Wool Surname One having short, thick hair
Woolley Locality Locality Wold-ley, uncultivated lands, hills without wood
Woolsey Locality Locality Wolds-ley, from wold, a wood, a lawn, and sometimes a plain, and lle, or ley, a place
Wooster Surname Worcester
Worcester Locality Locality A county and city of England from Saxon Were, a forest, and Cester, a camp or city
Worth Saxon Saxon A court, farm, possession, place, field or way
Wright Scotland Scottish maker of machinery
Wu Several languages Chinese from the name of Ji Wu, a son of Ping Wang (770719 B.C.), the first king of the Eastern Zhou dynasty
Wylie Surname Willie or William
Wyman Holland Dutch From Weiman, a huntsman, a hunter

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