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Updated June 9, 2019

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Wet field

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from the city of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and probably also from a place of the same name in Northamptonshire. Both are named from an Old English wacu ‘vigil’, ‘festival’ (a derivative of wac(i)an ‘to watch or wake’) + feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’, i.e. a patch of open land where a fair was held.

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