Top Baby Names Starting with W

Baby names starting with W convey strength with their steadfast and powerful first initial. William is the most common W name for boys, and the third most popular name nationally. It’s arguably the most classic boy name out there, having ranked among the twenty most popular names for hundreds of years. Willow, with deep roots and an air of grace, is the top W name for girls, and continues to climb the charts.

Along with Willow, other girl names beginning with W in the US Top 1000 include Willa, Winter, Wren, Wynter, and Waverly. In addition to William, other boy names starting with W in the US Top 1000 include Wyatt, Weston, Wesley, Waylon, and Walker.

There are many wonderful surnames beginning with W that would make unique first names, such as Wharton, Wolcott, Wheeler, Wynn, and Winslet. Winnie and Wilfred are names that have caught on in the UK but remain rare choices in the US.

Explore our masterlist of baby names starting with W. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 baby names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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  • William

    William is derived from the Germanic name Wilhelm, composed of the elements wil, “will,” and helm, referring to a helmet or protection. The name was introduced to England by... Read More 

  • Wyatt

    Wyatt was derived from the Medieval English name Wyot, itself a form of the given name Wigheard, with wig meaning “war” and heard, “brave.” Wyot, along with variations Wiot and... Read More 

  • Willow

    Willow came into use as a given name after the willow tree, whose name was derived from the Old English word welig, meaning “willow.” Willow trees are associated with grace and elegance,... Read More 

  • Wesley

    Wesley is one of a group of W-starting surname names reminiscent of the Old West that are making a comeback -- though it's not as well used as it was in the 1970s, when he ranked as high as Number... Read More 

  • Weston

    Weston has gone from being a Jane Austenish British surname to a first name with a relaxed American western cowboy feel. Along with other trendy 'n'-ending Read More 

  • Waylon

    Country singer Waylon Jennings bestowed a kind of outlaw image on his name. However, for many children of the 1980s and '90s, Waylon will be forever associated with The Simpson's character, Waylon... Read More 

  • Walker

    Walker is both a Waspy surname name—as in the W in George W. Bush—but it also has a gentle ambling quality and a creative connection to such greats as writer Walker Percy and photographer Walker... Read More 

  • Walter

    Walter was seen as a noble name in the Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Walter Scott era, but it then spent decades in baby name limbo. Now quite a few independent-minded parents are looking at it as a... Read More 

  • Winter

    Fresher, brisker and, yes, cooler than Summer or Autumn or Spring, Winter is now a full-fledged female choice, especially since Nicole Richie and Joel Madden used it for daughter Harlow's middle... Read More 

  • Wade

    Wade has never been outside the US Top 1000 for boys - there's a reason for that. It has a clean spelling, fresh sound and is neither too trendy (unlike Kade or Cade) or too old-school (like... Read More