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Will

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 588 0 588 #27 boy name
1881 557 7 550 #26 boy name
1882 673 7 666 #25 boy name
1883 581 5 576 #29 boy name
1884 650 0 650 #28 boy name
1885 630 5 625 #27 boy name
1886 648 6 642 #27 boy name
1887 570 9 561 #30 boy name
1888 712 5 707 #28 boy name
1889 637 6 631 #30 boy name
1890 613 0 613 #30 boy name
1891 525 5 520 #34 boy name
1892 614 7 607 #34 boy name
1893 538 0 538 #37 boy name
1894 559 0 559 #39 boy name
1895 491 6 485 #44 boy name
1896 508 0 508 #44 boy name
1897 498 7 491 #44 boy name
1898 483 8 475 #48 boy name
1899 414 0 414 #48 boy name
1900 615 12 603 #43 boy name
1901 371 7 364 #53 boy name
1902 367 8 359 #64 boy name
1903 293 0 293 #74 boy name
1904 294 7 287 #81 boy name
1905 295 9 286 #85 boy name
1906 260 7 253 #92 boy name
1907 260 0 260 #96 boy name
1908 286 12 274 #96 boy name
1909 275 8 267 #99 boy name
1910 290 12 278
1911 235 5 230
1912 264 8 256
1913 291 11 280
1914 340 21 319
1915 381 19 362
1916 378 16 362
1917 360 21 339
1918 385 22 363
1919 396 23 373
1920 383 14 369
1921 390 18 372
1922 382 24 358
1923 388 17 371
1924 362 9 353
1925 385 18 367
1926 356 23 333
1927 314 14 300
1928 342 19 323
1929 291 14 277
1930 271 12 259
1931 248 11 237
1932 253 11 242
1933 232 9 223
1934 225 10 215
1935 312 6 306
1936 248 13 235
1937 243 14 229
1938 241 10 231
1939 234 8 226
1940 214 5 209
1941 232 6 226
1942 230 9 221
1943 214 9 205
1944 241 6 235
1945 191 0 191
1946 207 0 207
1947 215 6 209
1948 237 0 237
1949 220 0 220
1950 229 6 223
1951 199 6 193
1952 212 0 212
1953 206 0 206
1954 216 9 207
1955 158 0 158
1956 192 0 192
1957 225 6 219
1958 182 0 182
1959 205 0 205
1960 226 0 226
1961 223 0 223
1962 202 0 202
1963 241 0 241
1964 236 0 236
1965 196 0 196
1966 206 0 206
1967 167 0 167
1968 214 0 214
1969 192 0 192
1970 231 0 231
1971 208 0 208
1972 184 0 184
1973 207 0 207
1974 224 0 224
1975 224 0 224
1976 223 0 223
1977 225 0 225
1978 238 5 233
1979 273 0 273
1980 270 0 270
1981 233 0 233
1982 262 0 262
1983 223 0 223
1984 205 0 205
1985 201 0 201
1986 204 0 204
1987 233 0 233
1988 241 0 241
1989 277 0 277
1990 289 0 289
1991 295 0 295
1992 252 0 252
1993 268 0 268
1994 247 0 247
1995 266 0 266
1996 280 0 280
1997 268 0 268
1998 339 0 339
1999 422 0 422
2000 447 0 447
2001 388 0 388
2002 403 0 403
2003 433 0 433
2004 452 0 452
2005 503 0 503
2006 473 0 473
2007 457 0 457
2008 432 0 432
2009 457 0 457
2010 396 0 396
2011 357 0 357
2012 352 0 352
2013 313 0 313
2014 311 0 311
2015 268 0 268

Fun Facts about the name Will

  • How many people with the first name Will have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44,507 babies born with the first name Will in the United States. That's more than enough people named Will to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Will? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 588 new born babies.
  • When was Will first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Will is Friday, December 2nd, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Will born? The highest recorded use of the first name Will was in 1888 with a total of 707 babies.
  • Random Will Factoid: According to the 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Will ranks 103rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 40 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1937.
  • Weird things about the name Will: Your name in reverse order is Lliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lwil. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Will? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,575 people with the last name Will.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Will? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Will as their last name.

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Popularity of Will as a first name

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Popularity of Will as a last name

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Common last names for Will

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Robinson
  • White
  • Hall
  • Anderson
  • Walker
  • Miller
  • Lewis
  • Martin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Will U.S.
  White 91.16% 64.26%
  African American 4.35% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.76% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.26% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Will

People with the last name Will are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Will" mean? The list below shows the origins of Will as well as things modernly associated with the name Will such as celebrities named Will.

English

Origin and Meaning of Will

The name "Will" is of English origin, and it means "Strong-willed Warrior". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Will
Senses
  1. The power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do; the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects."It is necessary to form a distinct notion of what is meant by the word “volition” in order to understand the import of the word will, for this last word expresses the power of mind of which “volition” is the act." [Stewart.]" Will is an ambiguous word, being sometimes put for the faculty of willing; sometimes for the act of that faculty, besides [having] other meanings. But “volition” always signifies the act of willing, and nothing else." [Reid.]"Appetite is the will's solicitor, and the will is appetite's controller; what we covet according to the one, by the other we often reject." [Hooker.]"The will is plainly that by which the mind chooses anything." [J. Edwards.]
  2. The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition."The word “will,” however, is not always used in this its proper acceptation, but is frequently substituted for “volition”, as when I say that my hand mover in obedience to my will." [Stewart.]
  3. The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure."Thy will be done." [Matt. vi. 10.]"Our prayers should be according to the will of God." [Law.]
  4. Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.
  5. That which is strongly wished or desired."What's your will, good friar?" [Shak.]"The mariner hath his will." [Coleridge.]
  6. Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine."Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies." [Ps. xxvii. 12.]
  7. [Law] The legal declaration of a person's mind as to the manner in which he would have his property or estate disposed of after his death; the written instrument, legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise. See the Note under Testament, 1.

Note: ☞ “ Inclination is another word with which will is frequently confounded. Thus, when the apothecary says, in Romeo and Juliet,"My poverty, but not my will, consents; . . . Put this in any liquid thing you will, And drink it off." the word will is plainly used as, synonymous with inclination; not in the strict logical sense, as the immediate antecedent of action. It is with the same latitude that the word is used in common conversation, when we speak of doing a thing which duty prescribes, against one's own will; or when we speak of doing a thing willingly or unwillingly.” Stewart.

Note: ☞ Wills are written or nuncupative, that is, oral. See Nuncupative will, under Nuncupative.

Etymology: OE. wille, AS. willa; akin to OFries. willa, OS. willeo willio, D. wil, G. wille, Icel. vili, Dan. villie, Sw. vilja, Goth wilja. See Will (v.)

verb Will
Senses
  1. To wish; to desire; to incline to have."A wife as of herself no thing ne sholde [should Wille in effect, but as her husband woldewould]." [Chaucer.]"Caleb said unto her, What will thou ?" [Judg. i. 14.]"They would none of my counsel." [Prov. i. 30.]
  2. As an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent on the verb. Thus, in first person, “I will” denotes willingness, consent, promise; and when “will” is emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; as, I will go if you wish; I will go at all hazards. In the second and third persons, the idea of distinct volition, wish, or purpose is evanescent, and simple certainty is appropriately expressed; as, “You will go,” or “He will go,” describes a future event as a fact only. To emphasize will denotes (according to the tone or context) certain futurity or fixed determination.

Note: Will, auxiliary, may be used elliptically for will go. “ I'll to her lodgings.” Marlowe.

Note: ☞ As in shallwhich see), the second and third persons may be virtually converted into the first, either by question or indirect statement, so as to receive the meaning which belongs to will in that person; thus, “ Will you go?” (answer, “I will go”) asks assent, requests, etc.; while “ Will he go?” simply inquires concerning futurity; thus, also,“He says or thinks he will go,” “You say or think you will go,” both signify willingness or consent.

Note: Would, as the preterit of will, is chiefly employed in conditional, subjunctive, or optative senses; as, he would go if he could; he could go if he would; he said that he would go; I would fain go, but can not; I would that I were young again; and other like phrases. In the last use, the first personal pronoun is often omitted; as, would that he were here; would to Heaven that it were so; and, omitting the to in such an adjuration. “ Would God I had died for thee.” Would is used for both present and future time, in conditional propositions, and would have for past time; as, he would go now if he were ready; if it should rain, he would not go; he would have gone, had he been able. Would not, as also will not, signifies refusal. “He was angry, and would not go in.” Luke xv. 28. Would is never a past participle.

Note: ☞ In Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, especially in the southern and western portions of the United States, shall and will should and would, are often misused, as in the following examples:"I am able to devote as much time and attention to other subjects as I willshall] be under the necessity of doing next winter." Chalmers. "A countryman, telling us what he had seen, remarked that if the conflagration went on, as it was doing, we wouldshould] have, as our next season's employment, the Old Town of Edinburgh to rebuild." H. Miller. "I feel assured that I willshall] not have the misfortune to find conflicting views held by one so enlightened as your excellency." J. Y. Mason.

Etymology: OE. willen, imp. wolde; akin to OS. willan, OFries. willa, D. willen, G. wollen, OHG. wollan wellan, Icel. & Sw. vilja, Dan. ville, Goth. wiljan, OSlav. voliti, L. velle to wish, volo I wish; cf. Skr. vṛ to choose, to prefer. Cf. Voluntary Welcome Well (adv.)

verb Will
To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.

Note: ☞ This word has been confused with will, v. i., to choose, which, unlike this, is of the weak conjugation.

verb Will
Senses
  1. To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree."What she willto do or say." [Milton.]"By all law and reason, that which the Parliament will not, is no more established in this kingdom." [Milton.]"Two things he [God willeth, that we should be good, and that we should be happy." [Barrow.]
  2. To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.(Obs. or R)"They willed me say so, madam." [Shak.]"Send for music, And will the cooks to use their best of cunning To please the palate." [Beau. & Fl.]"As you go, will the lord mayor . . . To attend our further pleasure presently." [J. Webster.]
  3. To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; as, to will one's estate to a child; also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that his nephew should have his watch.

Etymology: Cf. AS. willian. See Will (n.)

verb Will
To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The capability of conscious choice and decision and intention
  2. A fixed and persistent intent or purpose ("where there's a will there's a way")
  3. A legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
  4. Determine by choice ("This action was willed and intended")
  5. Decree or ordain ("God wills our existence")
  6. Leave or give by will after one's death

Shortened from William or, less often, from other given names beginning with Wil-, such as Wilfred or Willard.

  1. A male given name, a shortening of William; also used as a formal given name.
  2. A patronymic surname​.
  3. (American football) A weak-side linebacker.

Notable Persons With the Name Will

Will Smith

Will Smith is an actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He was most active from 1985 to present. Will was given the name Willard Carroll Smith, Jr. on September 25th, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Will is also known as The Fresh Prince.

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Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell is an actor, comedian, producer, and writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Will was given the name John William Ferrell on July 16th, 1967 in Irvine, California.

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Will Arnett

Will Arnett is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1996. Will was given the name William Emerson Arnett on May 4th, 1970 in Toronto.

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Will Poulter

Will Poulter is an actor. He has been prominent since 2007. Will was given the name William Jack Poulter on January 28th, 1993 in Hammersmith, London, England, United Kingdom.

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Will Grigg

Will Grigg is a soccer player for the Wigan Athletic F.C., Birmingham City F.C., Solihull Moors F.C., Stratford Town F.C., Walsall F.C., Brentford F.C., Milton Keynes Dons F.C., Northern Ireland national football team, and Northern Ireland national under-21 football team. Will was born on July 3rd, 1991 in Solihull, England.

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Will Forte

Will Forte is an actor, comedian, writer, producer, and voice actor. He was most prominent from 1997 to present. Will was given the name Orville Willis Forte IV on June 17th, 1970 in Alameda County, California, United States. Will is also known as Orville Forte.

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  • Will Rogers
    (comedy film)
  • Will Keane
    (soccer player)
  • Will Geer
    (noteworthy person)
  • Will Patton
    (actor)
  • Will Chase
    (actor)
  • Will Young
    (musician)
  • Will Champion
    (musician)
  • Will Yun Lee
    (notable human)
  • Will Sasso
    (actor)
  • Will Self
    (writer)
  • Will Wright
    (game design)
  • Will Eisner
    (comics creator)
  • Will Allen
    (football player)
  • Will Mellor
    (actor)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Will

George Will

George Will is a columnist, journalist, and author. George was given the name George Frederick Will on May 4th, 1941 in Champaign, Illinois.

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Mari Maseng Will

Mari Maseng Will is a White House Communications Director, and 8th Director of the Office of Public Liaison. Mari was born on March 15th, 1954 in Chicago.

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Anne Will

Anne Will is an anchorwoman, television journalist, and news presenter. She has been prominent since 1990. Anne was born Anne Will on March 18th, 1966 in Cologne.

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John Will

John Will is a leading individual. John was born on April 16th, 1957.

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Brad Will

Brad Will was an activism, videographer, journalist, and activist. Brad was given the name Bradley Roland Will on June 14th, 1970 in Evanston, Illinois. Brad is also known as Will and Brad. He breathed his last breath on October 27th, 2006.

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Joseph Will

Joseph Will is an actor. Joseph was born on November 4th, 1970 in Westminster, Maryland.

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What does the name Will mean?

Wis for wise, more tomorrow that today.

Iis for impress, for impress you will.

Lis for little, the little things you do.

Lis for lively, your life is full of energy!

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