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30+ Winning Boy Names that Start with W

May 16, 2022

30+ Winning Boy Names that Start with W

AHEAD: The ultimate list of W names for boys—plus their meanings and popularity.

If you’re looking for a cool boys’ name starting with the letter W, you’re in the right place!

Below, I’ve rounded up every single W name that’s even the slightest bit modern and cool.

For each name, you’ll find its meaning and current popularity—which will hopefully help you narrow down your list of favorites.

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There are only 21 “W” names ranking in the top 1000.

There are also a bunch of other great W names that are more rare (without being too out there).

Feel free to use the Table of Contents to jump to a specific style, or keep on scrolling and view all of these cool boys’ names starting with the letter W.

Related: Girl Names that Start with W

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Cool “W” names

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These badass boy names that start with W are relatively popular, but not at the tippy top of the charts.

Wallace

  • Name meaning: Welshman, stranger, or foreigner.
  • Popularity: #897

Watson

  • Name meaning: Son of Walter.
  • Popularity: #596

Wesson

  • Name meaning: A variation of Weston, meaning from the western town. (This name might bring to mind the weapon manufacturer).
  • Popularity: #798

Westley

  • Name meaning: A variation of Wesley, meaning western meadow.
  • Popularity: #749

Wilson

  • Name meaning: Desire, helmet, protection. Son of Will.
  • Popularity: #714

If you like these cool boy names that start with W you might also like this list of 3-syllable names.

Rare “W” names

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These boys’ names starting with W are perfect if you want something a little edgy and unusual.

Wagner

  • Name meaning: Wagon driver or builder (occupation).
  • Popularity: This German name isn’t ranking.

Werner

  • Name meaning: The defender. The defending warrior.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking.

Whitney

  • Name meaning: White island.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking for boys but ranks #938 for girls.

Wilbur or Wilber

  • Name meaning: Brilliant. Wild boar.
  • Popularity: Neither spelling of this name is ranking.

Winter

  • Name meaning: The coldest season.
  • Popularity: This season name isn’t ranking for boys but ranks #324 for girls.

Wolf

  • Name meaning: A large canine.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking.

Worth

  • Name meaning: Several possible meanings: fenced-in farm, to honor, value.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking.

Wright

  • Name meaning: Craftsman.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking.

Wylie

  • Name meaning: Clever.
  • Popularity: This name isn’t ranking.

If you like these rare boy names that start with W you might also like this list of edgy names.

Timeless “W” names

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These W boys’ names have been around forever and aren’t going anywhere anytime soon!

Walter

  • Name meaning: Powerful warrior, bright warrior, forest warrior.
  • Popularity: #271

Wayne

  • Name meaning: Wagon driver or builder (occupation).
  • Popularity: #782

Wells

  • Name meaning: Spring or person who lives near a spring.
  • Popularity: #479

William

  • Name meaning: Vehement protector.
  • Popularity: #6

Winston

  • Name meaning: Might mean ‘from Wine’s town’ or ‘from a friend’s town’.
  • Popularity: #411

If you like these timeless boy names that start with W you might also like this list of 2-syllable names.

Final thoughts on “W” boy names

Hopefully, you’ve found a few lead contenders on this list, or at least come away with some baby name inspiration.

Whether you prefer a name that’s popular, cool, rare, or timeless, all of these boys’ names are fantastic choices.

Congratulations and good luck choosing the perfect name for your son!

Boy Names that Start with W