This could be a winning pick for a boy – in more ways than one.
Thanks to Chanara for suggesting one from her own family tree. Our Name of the Day is Wynn.
Wynn is best known as a supporting player. He has two possible derivations:
- The Welsh gwyn means fair and has led to the use of the elements gwyn and wyn in many a name. While the “y” skews feminine in the US, in Wales it is reserved for the boys – think Rhys or Bryn. He shows up at the end of names like Delwyn and Alwyn;
- The Old English wine means friend. Think of Edwin or Alvin.
Spelling variants include Wyn and Wynne. It looks decidedly feminine with the “e” ending, but in fact all versions of this name are more common in the last spot than the first. Some Wynns are probably wearing a family surname.
This single-syllable name boasts two other possible meanings:
- My knowledge of runes is slight, but I can’t resist mentioning wynn. While it looked like our modern P, wynn was the forerunner of the letter W. The rune denoted joy.
- The word win derives from the Old English winnan – to strive or work for. It didn’t take on our modern meaning of triumph until the fourteenth century. While the word is not related to the name, if you can name your son Victor, why not Wynn?
Speaking of luck, fortune chose the right surname for Steve Wynn. During the 1990s, he was at the forefront of Las Vegas’ rebirth, building the Mirage, Treasure Island and the famous-for-fountains Bellagio. In the 2000s, he put his name on the Wynn Las Vegas Resort and Country Club, an ambitious five-star casino where you can buy a Ferrari or see Spamalot.
While Wynn has never appeared in the US Top 1000, the Toronto Star recently reported that a local couple recently named their daughter Wynn Victoria. Ryan and Sonja Taylor had originally planned to use the name for a son. You might wonder if they’ve heard of the casino. As it happens, they’ve been to Vegas, baby – that’s what inspired their choice.
While Wynn appears in the US census records, there haven’t been many notable bearers of the name. It was the surname of an aristocratic Welsh family. Their title died out in the eighteenth century when Sir John Wynn, 5th Baronet, died childless.
Spergon Wynn III is a former NFL quarterback. While his career fizzled, some remember him because he was one of several QBs drafted ahead of Tom Brady. Arthur Wynn invented the crossword puzzle back in 1913. And Angus Wynne Jr. founded the Six Flags amusement parks in the 1960s after a visit to Disneyland.
While Finn (#387) and Quinn (#265) gaining in popularity, it isn’t a stretch to imagine some parents considering the winning Wynn. Only trouble is, all three names could just as easily be worn by girls.