What does Willy mean?
Willy [willy] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Willy) is of Old German, English and Old English origin, and the meaning of the name Willy is "determined protector". Willy is an alternate spelling of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will". Willy is also a derivative of Willie (English). Willy is also used as a variation of Willis (Old English).
Willy has 1 variant: Willi.
23 more different relations via William, Willie, Willis: Bill▼, Bille, Billie▼, Billy▼, Villem, Wil, Wilek, Wiley▼, Wilhelm, Wilkes, Wilkie, Will▼, Willem, Willes, Willess, Williss, Willkie, Wills, Willson, Wilmer▼, Wilmot, Wilson▼ and Wim.Creative forms:
(male) Winly, Wisly, ..
(female) Wilbe, Wildy, .. Middle name pairings:
Willy Juan (W.J.), ..
How popular is Willy?
Willy is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1001 out of 1220, Top 82%) and an even more popular surname for both adults and children (#24807 out of 150436, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Willy reached its peak position of #1183 in the U.S. in the 1960s, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Willy rated in the Top 2000 are Bill, Billie, Billy (#809 from recent data), Wiley (#1321), Wilhelm, Wilkie, Will (#834), Willem, William (#5), Willie (#775), Willis (#1985), Wilmer (#1575), Wilmot and Wilson (#620). Usage of these forms of Willy was well-received among parents during the years 1880-1889 (median #755) and is now much diminished (#1461, ▼90%).
Willy is pronounced similarly to Alley, Aly, Elli, Eloy, Ely, Illya, Olley, Wallie, Wally, Willey and Wylie. Other suggested similar names are Birly, Cully, Hilly, Kelly▼, Linly, Philly, Reilly, Ridly (see Ridley), Riply (see Ripley), Risly (see Risley), Rolly, Sully, Tully, Wadly, Welby, Wellby, Wells, Wesly, Wild, Wilde and Willet. These names tend to be less commonly used than Willy.See names in meaning and etymology.