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Meaning and Name Origin

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

For more on this name, see also related girl names Twyla, Wilhelmina and Billie.


Popularity

Willa is a very prominent first name for women (#688 out of 4276, Top 16%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Willa for girls. Willa reached its top position of #291 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is currently at #549. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the girl name Willa and affiliated names. Prominent varying forms of Willa (#549 last year) are Billie, Twyla, Wilhelmina and William. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1930-1939 and have become significantly less popular since, with the forms Billie, Wilhelmina, Willa and William becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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


Similar Names

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

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