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Meaning and Name Origin

Wills \wi(l)-ls\ as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and Wills means "determined protector". Wills is a derivative of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will", "desire" and helm meaning "helmet", "protection". Seldom used as a baby name.


Wills has 33 related forms via William: Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Guglielmo, Guillaume, Guillermo, Liam, Vilhelm, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelm, Wilhelmus, Wilkes, Wilkie, Wilkinson, Will, Willem, Willhelmus, Willi, Williams, Williamson, Willie, Willis, Willkie, Willson, Willy, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilmott, Wilson and Wim.


Wills is a rare first name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#1170 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Wills and associated names. Popular varying forms of Wills (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000 are Bill, Billie, Billy (#794 last year), Guillermo (#678), Liam (#2), Wiley, Wilhelm, Will (#763), William (#5), Williams, Willie (#722), Willis, Willy, Wilmer and Wilson (#594). These boy names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1920-1929 and are now much less popular, with versions like Billy, Guillermo, Will, Willie and Wilson falling out of style. Liam (#2) is the most fashionable name for newborns here. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bill, Billie, Billy, Guillermo, Liam, Wiley, Wilhelm, Will, William, Williams in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Willie, Willis, Willy, Wilmer, Wilson in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Billy, Liam, Wilhelm, Will, William, Wilmer outside U.S.

Similar Names

Wills is pronounced similarly to Wells and Willes. Other suggested similar baby names are Mills, Sills, Wallas, Wallis, Willess and Williss. Like Wills, these names are not frequently used.