Willoughby name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Willoughby

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From Old English weliġ (“willow”) and Old Norse byr (“settlement”)

  1. Any of several placenames in England and elsewhere.
  2. A toponymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Willoughby

Notable Persons Named Willoughby

Willoughby Wittenham Rees Goddard

Willoughby Wittenham Rees Goddard was a film and television actor. Willoughby was born on July 4th, 1926 in Bicester, Oxfordshire, England, UK. He passed away on April 11th, 2008.

Willoughby Gray

Willoughby Gray was an actor. Willoughby was given the name John Willoughby Gray on November 5th, 1916. He left this life on February 13th, 1993.

Willoughby D. Miller

Willoughby was born in 1853. He passed away in 1907.

Sir Willoughby Cotton

His military service ended in 1854. Willoughby was born on May 4th, 1783. He left this life on May 4th, 1860.

Willoughby Hamilton

Willoughby Hamilton was a tennis player. Willoughby was born on December 9th, 1864 in Monasterevin, Kildare, Ireland. He left this life on September 27th, 1943.

Willoughby Kipling


Notable Persons With the Last Name Willoughby

Notable Persons With the Last Name Willoughby

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby is a presenter, model (people), tv presenter, and model. She has had major accomplishments since 2000. Holly was given the name Holly Marie Willoughby on February 10th, 1981 in Brighton, England.

Marlene Willoughby

Marlene was given the name Marlenka on May 17th, 1948 in Detroit. Marlene is also known as Marlenka.

Catherine Willoughby

Catherine Willoughby was a noble. She holds the title suo jure Baroness Willoughby de Eresby and Duchess of Suffolk. Catherine was born as the child of William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and María de Salinas on March 22nd, 1519. She passed away on September 19th, 1580.

Charles A. Willoughby

Charles A. Willoughby is a military person. His military service ended in 1910.

Sam Willoughby

Sam was born on August 15th, 1991 in Bedford Park, Australia.

Bill Willoughby

Bill Willoughby is a basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, and Brooklyn Nets. His career lasted from 1975 to 1984. Bill was born on May 20th, 1957 in Englewood, New Jersey.

  • 5th Baron Willoughby de Eresby William Willoughby
  • Kim Willoughby
  • Brian Willoughby
  • Elizabeth Willoughby
  • Nesbit Willoughby
  • Charl Willoughby
  • 6th Baron Willoughby de Eresby Robert Willoughby
  • Sir Francis Willoughby
  • Rusty Willoughby
  • Robert Hugh Willoughby
  • 1st Baron Willoughby of Parham William Willoughby
  • 2nd Baron Willoughby of Parham Charles Willoughby
  • George Willoughby
  • Westel, Jr. Willoughby

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Willoughby U.S.
  White 82.55% 64.26%
  African American 11.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.90% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.98% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Willoughby

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

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Fun Facts about the name Willoughby

  • How Popular is the name Willoughby? Willoughby is the 24,546th most popular name of all time. As a last name Willoughby was the 2,257th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Willoughby have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 254 babies born with the first name Willoughby in the United States. That's more than enough people named Willoughby to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Willoughby? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Willoughby first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Willoughby is Thursday, April 26th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Willoughby born? The highest recorded use of the first name Willoughby was in 1920 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Willoughby: The name spelled backwards is Ybhguolliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lbguoiwhly. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Willoughby? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,111 people with the last name Willoughby.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Willoughby? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Willoughby as their last name.
  • Willoughby name meaning

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