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What does Willa mean?

Willa Pronunciation of Willa 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. Also form of Billie. Also form of Wilhelmina.



ASSOCIATED WITH determined, protector (defender)


(female) Wila, ..

(male) Willad, ..

Willa Sterling (W.S.), ..

How popular is Willa?

Willa is a very prominent first name for women (#688 out of 4276, Top 16%) and a slightly less prominent surname for both adults and children (#131366 out of 150436, Top 87%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Willa reached its top position of #293 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is currently at #384. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Willa name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Willa (#384 FROM RECENT DATA) appearing in the Top 2000 are Billie (#1471), Twyla, Wilhelmina (#1670) and William. These forms of Willa were at the peak of their popularity 88 years ago (AVERAGE #466) and have become significantly less common since (#1505, 78.4%), with forms like Billie becoming less trendy. Willa is the most fashionable name for newborns in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Willa, Billie, Twyla, Wilhelmina, William in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Willa is alike in pronunciation to Aila, Ailee, Ailey, Ailie, Ala, Alea, Alia, Alli, Alya, Ayla, Eilah, Eily, Ellia, Elly, Eula, Huella, Ila, Illia, Olla, Ula, Ulla, Wally, Willie, Willow and Yula. Other recommended sound-alike names are Bella, Billa, Calla, Cilla, Csilla, Dalla, Della, Diella, Dila, Dilla, Fiala, Fila, Galla, Gila, Giula, Hella, Kalla, Lalla, Lila, Lilla, Lolla, Mella, Mila, Milla, Mirla, Neilla, Nella, Pella, Quilla, Rilla, Shilla, Simla, Tulla, Twilla, Valla, Walda, Wallda, Welda, Wellda, Wilda, Willda, Willma, Wilma, Wilna, Wilona, Wina, Winola, Wylma, Zila and Zilla. These names tend to be less frequently used than Willa.

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