Dog Names That Start With W

  1. Williamina
    • Origin:

      Female version of William
    • Meaning:

      "resolute protection"
    • Description:

      Sometimes heard in Scotland, where its heyday was in the times of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott, here we would prefer the Germanic version, Wilhelmina, brought into the spotlight by the conniving character on "Ugly Betty."
  2. Whiskey
    • Origin:

      English from Gaelic
    • Meaning:

      "water of life"
    • Description:

      Brandy's son, Sherry's grandson.
  3. Woolf
    • Origin:

      Variation of Wolf, animal name
    • Description:

      The spelling Woolf inevitably conjures writer Virginia. If you're a fan of Mrs. Dalloway and the Bloomsbury group, Woolf might be a creative way to combine a trendy animal name with an original honor name. Woolf was the surname of Virginia's husband, Leonard.
  4. Windham
    • Winfrey
      • Origin:

        Variation of Winfrith, English
      • Meaning:

        "peaceful friend"
      • Description:

        Oprah's almost mononymic first name is too closely tied to her personality (and brand) for us to recommend it as a baby name in good faith. Her surname, however, is definitely name-worthy. Winfrey works as a modern update to Whitney, with the added bonus of being associated with one of the most influential women of our time.
    • Wilt
      • Origin:

        Diminutive of Wilton, English
      • Meaning:

        "place by a stream"
      • Description:

        Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain (born Wilton) lends a sort of mythic quality to his name. Few have ventured to use it since it is so tied to the famed Chamberlain, but it could make an inspired middle.
    • Walda
      • Origin:

        German
      • Meaning:

        "ruler"
      • Description:

        Where's Walda? Out of the running.
    • Wisdom
      • Origin:

        Virtue name
      • Description:

        A bit too self-congratulatory and, understandably, exceedingly rare. Still, if you're looking for a modern virtue name for your daughter, this may be one of the best qualities to exemplify.
    • Wrigley
      • Origin:

        Surname name
      • Description:

        Wrigley is a fast-rising name for boys and girls right now in the US. You're unlikely to hear it outside of Chicago, though, as most of these parents are huge fans of the Chicago Cubs, who play at Wrigley Field. For a more subtle Cubs-related baby name, try Addison or Clark—two streets that border the ballpark.
    • Whistler
      • Origin:

        English occupational name
      • Meaning:

        "one who whistles"
      • Description:

        A new entry is the fashionable new occupational name category -- and a jolly job it must be -- with the added attraction of relating to the great early 20th century American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler, of "Whistler's Mother" fame.
    • Wilfredo
      • Witten