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What does Wills mean?

Wills Pronunciation of Wills [wills] as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and Wills means "determined protector". Wills is a version of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".

Associated with: determined (faithful), protector (defender).


23 related forms via William: Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelm, Wilkes, Wilkie, Will, Willem, Willi, Williams, Willie, Willis, Willkie, Willson, Willy, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilson and Wim.

Creative forms:
(male) Wils, Winlls, ..

(female) Wildy, Wilta, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wills Cael (W.C.), ..

How popular is Wills?

Wills is a rare first name for men but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#1143 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular varying forms of Wills (not ranked) ranked in the Top 2000 are Bill, Billie, Billy (#809 from recent data), Wiley (#1321), Wilhelm, Wilkie, Will (#834), Willem, William (#5), Williams, Willie (#775), Willis (#1985), Willy, Wilmer (#1575), Wilmot and Wilson (#620). These forms of Wills were popular a century ago (adoption of 9.21%) and are now much less common (adoption 0.92%, 90%), with versions like Wilmer becoming less in vogue. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bill, Billie, Billy, Wiley, Wilhelm in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilkie, Will, Willem, William, Williams in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Willie, Willis, Willy, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Wills is pronounced similarly to Wells and Willes. Other suggested similar names are Mills, Niels, Nils, Sills, Wallas, Wallis, Wally, Wil, Wild, Wilde, Willess, Willet, Willets, Willey, Williss and Willkes. These names tend to be more frequently used than Wills.

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