Willis

First Name
53k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
130k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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  1. English physician who was a pioneer in the study of the brain (1621-1675)
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  1. An English patronymic surname​ from the name Will.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A town in Grenada.
  4. A city in Kansas.
  5. A city in Texas.

Notable Persons Named Willis

Willis Carrier was an engineer, invention, and inventor. Willis was given the name Willis Haviland Carrier on November 26th, 1876 in Angola, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on October 7th, 1950.

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Willis McGahee is a football player. He was most active from 2004 to 2013. Willis was born on October 21st, 1981 in Miami.

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Willis Reed is a basketball player for the New York Knicks. Willis was born on June 25th, 1942 in Lincoln Parish, Louisiana.

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Her career lasted from 1952 to 1965. Lili was given the name Willis Marie Van Schaack on June 3rd, 1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. She left this life on January 29th, 1999.

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Willis Van Devanter was a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Willis was born on April 17th, 1859 in Marion, Indiana. He breathed his last breath on February 8th, 1941.

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Willis O'Brien was a stop motion, model animation, and stop motionmodel animator. His most notable accomplishments were from 1915 to 1962. Willis was given the name Willis Harold O'Brien on March 2nd, 1886 in Oakland, California, U.S. Willis is also known as Obie. He passed away on November 8th, 1962.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Willis

Bruce Willis is an actor, producer, and singer. His ongoing career started in 1980. Bruce was given the name Walter Bruce Willison on March 19th, 1955 in Idar-Oberstein, West Germany. Bruce is also known as W. B. Willis and Walter Willis.

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Rumer Willis is an actress and singer. She was most active from 1995 to present. Rumer was given the name Rumer Glenn Willis by her parents Demi Moore and Bruce Willis on August 16th, 1988 in Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.

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Emma Willis is a television and radio presenter and former model. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Emma was given the name Emma Griffiths on March 18th, 1976 in Birmingham.

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Victor Willis is a disco, funk, rhythm, and blues singing, songwriter, and actor. He plays Keyboard instrument and Piano. His most notable accomplishments were from 1977 to present. Victor was given the name Victor Edward Willis on July 1st, 1951 in Dallas, Texas, United States.

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Matt Willis is a pop rock and pop punk musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. Matt was given the name Mathew James Willis on May 8th, 1983 in Tooting.

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Wesley Willis was an outsider music, punk rock, and alternative rock musician. His career lasted from 1976 to 2003. Wesley was given the name Wesley Lawrence Willis on May 31st, 1963. He left this life on August 21st, 2003.

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How popular is the baby name Willis in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 166 0 166 #86 boy name
1881 142 0 142 #93 boy name
1882 143 0 143
1883 131 0 131
1884 151 0 151 #100 boy name
1885 133 0 133
1886 150 0 150
1887 118 5 113
1888 135 0 135
1889 124 0 124
1890 129 0 129
1891 118 0 118
1892 143 0 143
1893 149 0 149
1894 133 0 133
1895 135 0 135
1896 145 0 145
1897 132 0 132
1898 121 0 121
1899 133 7 126
1900 169 0 169
1901 115 9 106
1902 144 0 144
1903 133 0 133
1904 136 0 136
1905 136 0 136
1906 148 0 148
1907 146 0 146
1908 168 7 161
1909 200 11 189
1910 223 7 216
1911 247 14 233
1912 464 11 453
1913 583 10 573
1914 752 9 743
1915 965 15 950
1916 1,009 19 990
1917 979 25 954
1918 1,108 17 1,091
1919 1,165 29 1,136
1920 1,216 19 1,197
1921 1,234 25 1,209
1922 1,275 25 1,250
1923 1,214 32 1,182
1924 1,276 15 1,261
1925 1,221 23 1,198
1926 1,264 31 1,233
1927 1,087 29 1,058
1928 1,106 21 1,085
1929 1,051 21 1,030
1930 985 17 968
1931 951 21 930
1932 932 22 910
1933 828 16 812
1934 886 19 867
1935 810 22 788
1936 785 17 768
1937 744 21 723
1938 746 13 733
1939 705 12 693
1940 613 5 608
1941 696 11 685
1942 679 13 666
1943 770 18 752
1944 629 8 621
1945 584 5 579
1946 601 18 583
1947 611 11 600
1948 590 6 584
1949 484 5 479
1950 487 11 476
1951 521 16 505
1952 520 6 514
1953 488 6 482
1954 449 5 444
1955 463 9 454
1956 452 12 440
1957 457 9 448
1958 415 0 415
1959 413 5 408
1960 414 0 414
1961 364 8 356
1962 374 0 374
1963 349 9 340
1964 324 0 324
1965 304 5 299
1966 254 0 254
1967 239 0 239
1968 231 0 231
1969 227 0 227
1970 260 0 260
1971 253 0 253
1972 245 0 245
1973 193 0 193
1974 199 0 199
1975 203 0 203
1976 181 0 181
1977 232 0 232
1978 213 0 213
1979 233 0 233
1980 228 0 228
1981 199 0 199
1982 227 0 227
1983 203 0 203
1984 186 0 186
1985 186 0 186
1986 176 0 176
1987 169 0 169
1988 183 0 183
1989 171 5 166
1990 159 0 159
1991 163 0 163
1992 126 0 126
1993 127 0 127
1994 119 0 119
1995 115 0 115
1996 113 0 113
1997 94 0 94
1998 106 0 106
1999 106 0 106
2000 107 0 107
2001 81 0 81
2002 69 0 69
2003 78 0 78
2004 64 0 64
2005 66 0 66
2006 78 0 78
2007 80 0 80
2008 59 0 59
2009 66 0 66
2010 51 0 51
2011 74 0 74
2012 76 0 76
2013 72 0 72
2014 79 0 79
2015 74 0 74
2016 68 0 68
2017 47 0 47

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Popularity of Willis as a first name

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Popularity of Willis as a last name

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Common last names for Willis

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • Hall
  • White
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Walker
  • Baker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Willis U.S.
  White 62.22% 64.26%
  African American 31.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.55% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.31% 16.26%

Of Last Name Willis

People with the last name Willis are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Willis

  • What name lists does Willis rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Willis? Willis is the 971st most popular name of all time. As a last name Willis was the 230th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Willis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 52,696 babies born with the first name Willis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Willis to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Willis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 166 new born babies.
  • When was Willis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Willis is Tuesday, March 27th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Willis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Willis was in 1924 with a total of 1,261 babies. That's a lot of babies named Willis!
  • Random Willis Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Willis ranks 97th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Georgia. Imagine that, 30 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Willis: Your name in reverse order is Silliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lliisw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Willis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 130,152 people with the last name Willis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Willis? Willis was ranked as the 230th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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