The "W" used to be drawn o written if te will as a double U instead of a double V, so it had rounded bottoms and curved sides. I believe that it was when the monarchy started drawing them as double V's then it all switched but the name stayed the same.
This comes from latin . The status of "u" and "v" is confused because in Roman time, te can notice they wrote the letter "u" as a "v" ( and the "j" as a "i" ). Julius was written this way in Roman manuscripts : " i vl i vs". The sound "v" didn't exist in Latin . In Middle-Age it appeared, and the latin letter was used for it, while the sound "u" needed another writing, this time taken from the Greek " upsilon" . Therefore European peoples had the choice to call the newly born letter" w " as " double u " o " double v " . The confusing saga of "u" and "v" is not complete . The lowercase Greek letter upsilon was written like a "u" OK, but the uppercase of upsilon is this : "Y" . It happened that European barbarians made another confusion, this time between upsilon and a sound "i" . In French, the letter "Y" is called "igrec",, which means " greek i ". And the poor letter "v" is not clear either, since in Spanish it's pronounced "b" .
All this means that when northern Barbarians arrived around here they were not very much intellectual . Source(s): Eight languages speaker, including Greek and Latin, and the primitive idiom they call a language across the channel .