Girl Names Starting with W
Girls' names that start with the letter W are staging a surprising comeback right now. Willow is the top W name for girls in the US and the only one in the Top 100.
Along with Willow, other W names for girls ranking in the US Top 1000 include Willa, Winter, Wren, Whitney, Wendy, and Whitley.
Vintage girl names starting with W are another fashionable category today, with sweet old-fashioned nickname name Winnie hovering just outside the Top 1000. Winnie is already among the Top 400 girl names in the UK, so we predict that this one will climb higher in the coming years.
W is also a hot initial for gender-neutral baby names right now: along with Winter and Wren, other uncommon unisex W names we love for a baby girl include Waverly, Whimsy, Winslow, Winslet and Wiley.
Here, Nameberry's full selection of girl names beginning 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.
Description:Wren, a lilting songbird name, could be the next Robin. It makes a particularly pleasing middle name choice, as does her newly discovered cousin Lark. Wren entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2012 and is among the new wave of popular English names for girls.
Origin:English nature name
Description: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, which gave way to the adjective "willowy." Other names with meanings related to willows include Arava, Willoughby, Dozier, Wellesley, Selby, and Salton.
Origin:Feminine variation of William
Description:Willa has become increasingly fashionable, with its combination of Willa (born Wilella) Cather-like pioneer strength and the graceful beauty of the willow tree.
Origin:English diminutive of Winifred
Meaning:"holy peacemaking, gentle friend"
Description:This pet form of such names as Winifred and Edwina and Gwendolyn has loads of vintage charm, a la Millie and Maisie, with a decidedly winning vibe. And it just got celebrity cred as the baby daughter of Jimmy Fallon.
Description: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 name, and Gretchen Mol picked it as her daughter's first, as did media mogul Sean Parker. Winter continues to be the preferred spelling and has risen in popularity significantly over the past few years.
Meaning:"meadow of quivering aspens"
Description:Waverly, with its literary resonance and lilting three-syllable sound, could well become the next generation's successor to Kimberly. Its upper-crusty surname feel places it among the new stylish English names for girls, successors to Ashley and Whitney.
Origin:Modern invented name
Description:With Wren gaining a lot of popularity recently, it's not surprising to see variants already popping up. Wrenley, which jumps on the Wren bandwagon and adds the trendy "ley" suffix for good measure, was given to thirteen baby girls in the USA in 2014; we haven't seen it pop up anywhere else yet, but we think it's only a matter of time.
Description:Yesterday's sensation that rose with the popularity of Whitney Houston. Whitney may have lost some of its style value, but it still sounds like one of the quintessential English names for girls. Today, you might want to shorten it to cool nickname Whit.
Origin:Spelling variation of Winter
Description:Less month, more trendy, more times needing to spell it to people. This spelling variation entered the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013—and doesn't appear to be going anywhere any time soon.