192 Boy Names That Start With W (with Meanings and Popularity)

192 Boy Names That Start With W (with Meanings and Popularity)

Boy names that start with W were the second most popular category until the 1910s, largely thanks to royal William’s 40-year reign as the Number 2 name. And timeless classic William still ranks among the Top 5 boy names in the US.

Along with William, W boy names ranked among the Top 300 in the US include Wyatt, Weston, Wesley, Wilder, Waylon, and Walker.

A little further down the list, cool vintage W names for boys are making a quiet comeback. Distinguished vintage gem Walter has been rising recently in the popularity charts, after unlikely anti-hero Walter White exploded onto our screens. Along with Walter, Winston and Wallace are two other handsome, old-fashioned W names for boys which rank in the US Top 1000.

And in England and Wales, even fustier vintage male names that start with the letter W like Wilfred and Wilbur are newly fashionable: both rank in the Top 600 baby boy names.

Riding the W wave are a whole new breed of W-starting boy baby names with a decidedly tougher, edgier image: from Wade and Wilder to Wesson and Wolf.

Here, our full selection of boy names that start with W, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. William
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "resolute protection"
  2. Wyatt
    • Origin:

      English surname
    • Meaning:

      "brave in war"
  3. Wilder
    • Origin:

      Surname or word name
  4. Wesley
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "western meadow"
  5. Walter
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "army ruler"
  6. Wren
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "small bird"
  7. Weston
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "from the western town"
  8. Wells
    • Origin:

      Surname from place name
    • Meaning:

      "spring"
  9. Warren
    • Origin:

      English from French
    • Meaning:

      "park-keeper"
  10. Wolf
    • Origin:

      Animal name or diminutive of Wolfgang, German
    • Meaning:

      " traveling wolf"
  11. Walker
    • Origin:

      English occupational name
    • Meaning:

      "cloth-walker"
  12. Wilbur
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "resolute, brilliant"
  13. Winston
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "wine's town"
  14. Win
    • Origin:

      Diminutive of Winslow, Winthrop, or Winston
  15. Waylon
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "cunning, craft"
  16. Wade
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "at the river crossing"
  17. Wallace
    • Origin:

      Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "foreigner, stranger"
  18. Winslow
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "friend's hill or burial mound"
  19. Wilfred
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "desires peace"
  20. Wolfgang
    • Origin:

      German
    • Meaning:

      "traveling wolf"