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Willis

First Name
53k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
130k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Willis mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Willis

User Submitted Origins

English
67%
Scottish
8%
African
8%
Hebrew
8%
American
8%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from California, U.S. says the name Willis is of Hebrew origin and means "Loving".
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International Interest
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Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English physician who was a pioneer in the study of the brain (1621-1675)
Wiktionary
  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

Notable Persons Named Willis

Willis Carrier

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

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

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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Lili St. Cyr

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

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

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

Notable Persons With the Last Name Willis

Bruce 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

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

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

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

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

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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  • Dave Willis
    Voice Actor
  • Patrick Willis
    American Football Player
  • Kevin Willis
    Basketball Player
  • Connie Willis
    Writer
  • Dontrelle Willis
    Baseball Player
  • Samuel Bruce Adlam Willis
    Writer
  • Chris Willis
    Musician
  • Thomas Willis
  • Bob Willis
    Cricketer
  • Nick Willis
    Athlete
  • Kelly Willis
    Singer-songwriter
  • Steve Willis
    Personal Trainer
  • Ike Willis
    Musician
  • Nathaniel Parker Willis
    Editor

Common last names for Willis

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

Common first names for Willis

  • James
  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Willie
  • Dorothy
  • Thomas
  • Joseph
  • J
  • Margaret
  • Richard
  • Helen
  • Ruth
  • Henry
  • Walter
  • Frank
  • David

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 987th 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 52,817 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 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Willis ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, 62 babies in Kentucky have the same name in 1943.
  • Weird things about the name Willis: The name spelled backwards is Silliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ilwils. 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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