[ 2 syll. w-har-ton, wh-art-on ] The baby boy name Wharton is pronounced as WAART-ahN †. Wharton is largely used in the English language and its origin is Old English. The name's meaning is wharf town; shore town; beacon town; Woefer town. The first name is derived from the surname, which is itself taken from various places in England so named. The second elements of the place names are the same, 'tun' (town, settlement, homestead), while the first elements vary. Wharton in Cumberland is derived with the first element 'hwearf' (meaning wharf, embankment), while Wharton in Lincolnshire has 'warod' (bank, shore) or 'wearde' as its first element. Wharton in Cheshire and Hertfordshire are derived with the river name Woefer as the first element; this is itself from 'woefre' (winding, wandering). The surnames have been recorded in forms such as Wharton and Whartton since the 14th century.
Wharton is an unusual baby name for boys. It is not listed in the top 1000 names.
† Pronunciation for Wharton: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"