Submitted Place Names Starting with W
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WALES (Country) English, Wales
A country in Europe and a part of the United Kingdom. Its name derives from the Old English Wælisc
, meaning 'foreigner, Welshman'. ... [more]
WALKDEN (Settlement) English (British)
The name Walkden or Walkeden derives from the Old English 'denu', a valley, belonging to a man possibly called Wealca.
WALTON (Settlement) English
The name of several villages in England, particularly Lancashire. Named from Old English wale
, meaning 'Celt, foreigner' (Compare Wales
) and tun
, meaning 'town, village'.
WATERFORD (Settlement) Irish
A city in Southern Ireland. Its name derives from Old Norse veðra
, 'ram' (Swedish vädur
, 'ram', See Wetherby
) and fjord
WAUSAU (Region & Settlement) Native American (Latinized, Rare)
Term used in many Native American languages with varying similar meanings such as "to see from a distance" or "to hear from a distance." It was the Native American name for a valley in central Wisconsin that is still refered to as such by locals... [more]
WEAR (River) English
A river in North-East England. It is taken to be of Old Celtic origin and meant 'blood-colored water', referring to the reddish-brown color of the river. In modern Welsh, the name would be waed dwr
, 'blood water'... [more]
WELLINGTON (Settlement) English
From Old English Weolingtun
meaning "wealthy estate". Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. It is also the name of several settlements throughout the English-speaking world.
WETHERBY (Settlement) English
A town in West Yorkshire. It's name derives from Old Norse veðra
, 'ram' (Swedish vadur
, Norwegian vær
) and byr
, 'farm'. See Waterford
WICHITA (Settlement) English
Name of a city in Kansas
, named after the Native American tribe Wichita
. Possibly from Wichita We-chate hatchee
, "Red Water River".
WIGAN (Settlement) English
A town in Northern England. Its etymology is uncertain but several have been suggested:... [more]
WISCONSIN (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from French Ouisconsin
, likely from the Miami word Meskonsing
"it lies red".
WISLEY (Settlement) English
It is a small village in Surrey, England.
WORTHINGTON (Settlement) English
Place name meaning either "Wurð's settlement" or "enclosed settlement" in Old English.
WROCŁAW (Settlement) Polish
From the Old Polish names Wrocisław, Wrócisław or Warcisław, meaning a return to glory. Cognate with Czech Vratislav. It is associated with Vratislaus I of Bohemia, the legendary founder, but the first records of the city appear decades after his death... [more]
WRYETON (Settlement) English
Middle English Wry(e) may mean "bent", "twisted" combined with the "ton" ending.
WYOMING (Political Subdivision) English (American)
Name of a state in the United States, from Algonquian chwewamink
"at the big river flat," from xw
"big" + e:wam
"river flat" + enk