Willis - boys name

Willis name popularity, meaning and origin

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Willis name meaning:

The name "Willis" is of English origin and has a meaning rooted in its historical context. It is a patronymic surname derived from the medieval given name "Will," which is a short form of William. "Willis" indicates that the person is the son or descendant of someone named William.

The name William itself has Germanic origins and means "resolute protector" or "helmet of will." It combines the elements "wil" (will, desire) and "helm" (helmet, protection). This meaning reflects qualities such as strength, determination, and defensive nature.

Overall, the name "Willis" carries a sense of lineage and tradition, as it indicates that the person is a descendant of someone named William. It portrays a connection to the past and the importance of family ties, while also carrying connotations of strength and protection.

Origin: German

Son of William.



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Overall UK ranking: 4789 out of 4789

3 recorded births last year

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Historical popularity of Willis

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