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Willy (girl)

What does Willy mean?

Willy Pronunciation of Willy [willy] as a name for girls (also used as boys' name Willy) is of Old German origin, and the name Willy means "determined protector". Willy is a version of Wilhelmina (Old German).

Associated with: determined, protector (defender).


Willy has 1 variant: Willie.

14 more relations via Wilhelmina: Billa, Billee, Billey, Billie, Billy, Minny, Vilma, Wileen, Willa, Willeen, Willene, Wilma, Wilna and Wylma.

Creative forms:
(female) Wily, Wisly, ..

(male) Wilby, Willaw, ..

Middle name pairings:
Willy Phoebe (W.P.), ..

How popular is Willy?

Willy is an unusual first name for women but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#24807 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Billie, Billy, Vilma, Wilhelmina (#1619 from recent data), Willa (#481), Willene, Willie, Wilma, Wilna and Wylma are the prominent alternative forms of Willy (not ranked) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Willy was at its peak a century ago (average #739) and is now much lower (#1810, 94.4% less usage), with versions such as Willie becoming less fashionable. Billie is a perennial favorite, although Willa seems to be gaining popularity too. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Billie, Billy, Vilma, Wilhelmina, Willa in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Willene, Willie, Wilma, Wilna, Wylma in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Willy is alike in pronunciation to Aila, Ailee, Ailey, Aili, Ailie, Ailli, Aillie, Aley, Alla, Alley, Alli, Ally, Eila, Eilah, Eiley, Eily, Elli, Elly, Illa, Olla, Ulli, Wallie, Wally, Yolley and Yulla. Other suggested similar names are Bailly, Cally, Cilly, Colly, Delly, Dolly, Emilly, Gilly, Hally, Hilly, Holly, Jilly, Jully, Kally, Kelly, Lally, Lilly, Lily, Lolly, Mally, Melly, Milly, Molly, Nelly, Philly, Polly, Reilly, Sally, Tally, Tilly, Tully, Vally, Wallys (see Wallis), Wilda, Willda, Willma, Windy and Winny. These names tend to be more commonly used than Willy.

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