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Alphabet Week: W-Z

Windy: a name that has occasionally been a variant of Wendy, but most often a word name in the English language. It is considered a 70’s name because it peaked in 1975, dropping down to just 7 girls in 2017.
Warrick: this name comes from the place name Warwick, or Warwickshire, meaning “dam settlement.” There are several namesakes for Warrick both as a given name and a surname.

Xanthippe: a name that hasn’t been used in the U.S., Xanthippe means “yellow horse” in Greek. Most people will not be aware that she was the wife of Socrates.
Xenon: this is a chemical element that would make an edgy baby name and fit right in with other X names and boy names ending in -n. It is a noble gas found in our atmosphere and is atomic number 54.

Yanella: this is the Hispanic form of Janella, which ultimately comes from Jane, meaning “god is gracious.” This spelling hasn’t been used in the U.S. but Yanela, Yaneli, Yanelis, Yaneliz, Yanelle, Yanellie and Yanelly have been.
York: a town since ancient Roman times, it has meant “wild boar town” in Old English and “horse bay” courtesy of the Vikings. As a given name it has been used since at least 1880 for boys in the U.S. but has always been rare. In 2017 it was only given to 6 boys.

Zaklina: another unused name, one would think this is a variant of Zachariah, but it is actually the Polish, Croatian and Serbian variant of Jacqueline, meaning “supplanter.”
Zorion: a Basque given name meaning “happiness.” Zorione is the feminine form. One letter off, Zorian is an Armenian surname that started being used in 1999 in the U.S. and was given to 9 boys in 2017. Confusingly, Zorion is pronounced SOHR-ee-ohn, and Zorione is sohr-ee-OH-neh.

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