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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Willy

"Willy" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive of William or any names begining with Will- : Resolute protector: will". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wil"ly
Senses
  1. A large wicker basket.(Prov. Eng)
  2. [Textile Manuf] Same as 1st Willow, 2.

Etymology: Cf. Willow

Wiktionary
  1. A male given name, diminutive of William.

Willy was also found in the following language(s): Danish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Willy

Willy Wonka is a fictional character.

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Willy Brandt was a Chancellor of West Germany, Vice-Chancellor of West Germany, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Governing Mayor of West Berlin, Chancellor of Germany, Vice-Chancellor of Germany, Minister for Foreign Affairs (Germany), and Governing Mayor of Berlin. Willy was born on December 18th, 1913 in Free City of Lübeck. He breathed his last breath on October 8th, 1992.

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Willy Caballero is a soccer player for the Manchester City F.C., Boca Juniors, Elche CF, Arsenal de Sarandí, Málaga CF, and Argentina national under-20 football team. Willy was born on September 28th, 1981 in Santa Elena, Argentina.

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Willy William is a dance, mix, and dance music disc jockey, record producer, singing, and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Willy was born in Jamaica.

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Willy Boly is a soccer player for the S.C. Braga, Clairefontaine (football), AJ Auxerre, France national under-16 football team, and France national under-17 football team. Willy was born on February 3rd, 1991 in Melun, France.

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Willy DeVille was an americana (music), rock music, soul music, rhythm, blues, cajun music, music of latin america, cabaret, mariachi, louisiana creole french, doo-wop, and country music singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar, Harmonica, Dobro, Flute, and Vocals. He was most active from 1968 to 2009. Willy was given the name William Paul Borsey Jr. on August 25th, 1950 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. He breathed his last breath on August 6th, 2009.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Willy

Chilly Willy is a fictional character.

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Drew Willy is a football player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Drew was born on November 13th, 1986 in Randolph, New Jersey.

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Nikita Willy is a pop music actress, singer, bodybuilder, fitness model, mixed martial artists, actor, singing, bodybuilding, and mixed martial arts. She plays Human voice. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2001 to present. Nikita was given the name Nikita Purnama Willy on June 29th, 1994 in Jakarta.

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Theophilus Albert Willy was a Wisconsin State Assembly. Theophilus was born on April 16th, 1845 in Somerset. Theophilus is also known as Willy and T. A.. He left this life in 1916.

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William was born in 1703. He passed away in 1765.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1884 5 0 5
1896 7 0 7
1902 5 0 5
1906 8 0 8
1908 8 0 8
1910 6 0 6
1911 7 0 7
1912 10 0 10
1913 12 6 6
1914 17 5 12
1915 16 0 16
1916 16 5 11
1917 16 0 16
1918 13 0 13
1919 18 0 18
1920 29 5 24
1921 14 0 14
1922 17 0 17
1923 22 5 17
1924 20 0 20
1925 20 0 20
1926 28 7 21
1927 25 7 18
1928 23 0 23
1929 22 0 22
1930 28 0 28
1931 26 0 26
1932 24 5 19
1933 30 7 23
1934 24 0 24
1935 24 0 24
1936 25 0 25
1937 28 0 28
1938 22 0 22
1939 24 0 24
1940 33 6 27
1941 28 0 28
1942 29 5 24
1943 42 9 33
1944 39 8 31
1945 29 0 29
1946 22 0 22
1947 37 10 27
1948 39 0 39
1949 27 5 22
1950 28 0 28
1951 32 0 32
1952 20 0 20
1953 32 0 32
1954 35 5 30
1955 32 5 27
1956 28 0 28
1957 39 0 39
1958 43 0 43
1959 47 0 47
1960 52 0 52
1961 57 5 52
1962 57 0 57
1963 46 0 46
1964 41 0 41
1965 47 0 47
1966 32 0 32
1967 27 0 27
1968 40 0 40
1969 28 0 28
1970 33 0 33
1971 29 0 29
1972 29 0 29
1973 54 6 48
1974 40 0 40
1975 32 0 32
1976 36 0 36
1977 40 0 40
1978 56 0 56
1979 36 0 36
1980 34 0 34
1981 43 0 43
1982 39 0 39
1983 30 0 30
1984 37 0 37
1985 42 0 42
1986 38 0 38
1987 47 0 47
1988 37 0 37
1989 35 0 35
1990 63 0 63
1991 58 0 58
1992 48 0 48
1993 70 0 70
1994 64 0 64
1995 48 0 48
1996 47 0 47
1997 41 0 41
1998 41 0 41
1999 55 0 55
2000 49 0 49
2001 59 0 59
2002 46 0 46
2003 49 0 49
2004 48 0 48
2005 48 0 48
2006 47 0 47
2007 49 0 49
2008 60 0 60
2009 48 0 48
2010 44 0 44
2011 41 0 41
2012 44 0 44
2013 38 0 38
2014 35 0 35
2015 30 0 30
2016 26 0 26
2017 26 0 26

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Popularity of Willy as a first name

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Popularity of Willy as a last name

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Common last names for Willy

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Common first names for Willy

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Willy U.S.
  White 77.83% 64.26%
  African American 6.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.06% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Willy

People with the last name Willy are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Willy

  • How Popular is the name Willy? Willy is the 4,488th most popular name of all time. As a last name Willy was the 27,110th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Willy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,816 babies born with the first name Willy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Willy to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Willy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Willy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Willy is Wednesday, December 16th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Willy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Willy was in 1993 with a total of 70 babies.
  • Random Willy Factoid: According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Willy is not a popular baby boy's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1931.
  • Weird things about the name Willy: Your name in reverse order is Ylliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Llwyi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Willy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 893 people with the last name Willy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Willy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Willy as their last name since less than 1 person in 333k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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