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Willow

Last Name
819
in the U.S.
in 2010
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What does the name Willow mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Willow

User Submitted Origins

English
61%
Celtic
19%
Australian
6%
American
6%
Irish
3%
Mexican
3%
Hebrew
3%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Singapore says the name Willow is of Irish origin and means "Taken from the name of the tree which is derived from the Middle English wilwe (willow). Willow trees are noted for their flexibility and graceful appearance, hence the adjective willowy, which means 'gracefully slender and lithe,' qualities seen as desirable feminine attributes".
  2. According to a user from Oregon, U.S., the name Willow is of English origin and means "The name Willow is of English origin and means 'willow tree' and 'freedom.' It was derived from the Old English word welig, meaning 'willow.' Willow trees are associated with grace and elegance, giving meaning to the word 'willowy.'".
  3. According to a user from Georgia, U.S., the name Willow means "A tree, often described as 'weeping' for it's sagging branches".
  4. According to a user from Canada, the name Willow means "A tree or shrub of temperate climates that typically has narrow leaves, bears catkins, and grows near water. Its pliant branches yield osiers for basketry, and its wood has various uses".
  5. According to a user from Canada, the name Willow is of English origin and means "<< Willow >> is a type of tree".
  6. A user from Australia says the name Willow means "Type of tree".
  7. According to a user from Australia, the name Willow is of Celtic origin and means "Like the willow tree , will bend but will never be broken".
  8. 2 submissions from Australia and the United States agree the name Willow means "Tree" and is of American origin.
  9. A user from Australia says the name Willow is of Australian origin and means "the willow tree".
  10. A submission from Texas, U.S. says the name Willow means "A very speacil tree".
  11. According to 2 people from the United Kingdom and the United States, the name Willow means "Gifted".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Wil"low
Senses
  1. [Bot] Any tree or shrub of the genus Salix, including many species, most of which are characterized often used as an emblem of sorrow, desolation, or desertion. “A wreath of willow to show my forsaken plight.” Sir W. Scott. Hence, a lover forsaken by, or having lost, the person beloved, is said to wear the willow."And I must wear the willow garland For him that's dead or false to me." [Campbell.]
  2. [Textile Manuf] A machine in which cotton or wool is opened and cleansed by the action of long spikes projecting from a drum which revolves within a box studded with similar spikes; -- probably so called from having been originally a cylindrical cage made of willow rods, though some derive the term from winnow, as denoting the winnowing, or cleansing, action of the machine. Called also willy twilly twilly devil, and devil.

Etymology: OE. wilowe wilwe, AS. wilig welig; akin to OD. wilge, D. wilg, LG. wilge. Cf. Willy

verb Wil"low
To open and cleanse, as cotton, flax, or wool, by means of a willow. See Willow (n.), 2.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A textile machine having a system of revolving spikes for opening and cleaning raw textile fibers
  2. Any of numerous deciduous trees and shrubs of the genus Salix
Wiktionary

From willow

  1. A female given name from English of modern usage.
  2. A census-designated place in Alaska
  3. A town in Oklahoma
  4. A town in Wisconsin

Notable Persons Named Willow

Notable Persons Named Willow

Willow Smith

Her most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to 2007. Willow was given the name Willow Camille Reign Smith by her parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith on October 31st, 2000 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Willow Shields

Willow Shields is an actress. Willow was born on June 1st, 2000 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Willow Bay

Willow Bay is a television presenter. Willow was given the name Kristine Carlin Bay on December 28th, 1963 in New York, New York, United States.

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Willow Geer

Willow Geer is an actor, voice acting, actress, stage actress, and voice actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to 2003. Willow was given the name Willow Geer-Alsop on March 2nd, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Willow Johnson

Willow Johnson is a voice actor. Willow was born on April 3rd, 1977 in Vancouver.

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Willow Dawson

Willow was born in 1975.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Willow

Notable Persons With the Last Name Willow

Gabriel Willow

Gabriel Willow is a in the fields of environmentalism, natural history, and ornithology. Gabriel was born in 1978 in Short Mountain, Tennessee.

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Willow

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Common last names for Willow

  • Jones
  • Smith

Common first names for Willow

  • Charles
  • William

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Willow U.S.
  White 75.58% 64.26%
  African American 3.79% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.98% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 15.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.98% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Willow

People with the last name Willow are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Willow

  • What name lists does Willow rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Willow? Willow is the 1,258th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Willow was the 46th most popular name. As a last name Willow was the 28,998th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Willow have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 36,369 babies born with the first name Willow in the United States. That's more than enough people named Willow to occupy the country of Monaco with an estimated population of 35,881 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Willow? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1890 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Willow first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Willow is Friday, September 5th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Willow born? The highest recorded use of the first name Willow was in 2019 with a total of 4,566 babies. That's a lot of babies named Willow!
  • Random Willow Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Willow ranks 43rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 108 babies in Missouri have the same name in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Willow: The name spelled backwards is Wolliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Iwollw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Willow? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 819 people with the last name Willow.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Willow? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Willow as their last name since less than 1 person in 357k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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