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Meaning and name origin

Willa \wi(l)-la\ as a girl's name is pronounced WIL-ah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Willa is "determined protector". Feminine of William.

For more information, see also related girl names Twyla, Wilhelmina and Billie.


Willa is a very popular first name for females (#688 out of 4276, Top 16%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Willa for girls. Willa reached its highest rank of #291 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Willa name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Willa outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Willa and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Willa (#549), Billie, Wilhelmina, Twyla and William. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Willa, Billie, Wilhelmina, Twyla, William in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Billie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Willa is also pronounced similarly to Aila, Ailli, Alla, Eila, Ella, Illa, Olla, Ulla, Wally, Willie, Willow, Willy and Yulla. Other suggested similar baby names are Billa, Cilla, Dilla, Lilla, Milla, Rilla, Wilda, Willda, Willma, Wilma, Wilna and Zilla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Willa.