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What does Willi mean?

Willi Pronunciation of Willi as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and Willi means "determined protector". Willi is an alternate form of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".


ASSOCIATED WITH determined (faithful), protector (defender)


VARIANTS Willy, Willie

ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA WILLIAM Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelm, Wilkes, Wilkie, Will, Willem, Williams, Willis, Willkie, Wills, Willson, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilson, Wim

(male) Waili, ..

(female) Wilta, ..

Willi Jax (W.J.), ..

How popular is Willi?

Willi is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#32900 out of 150436, Top 22%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Which version is better?

William (#3 IN 2018), Wilson (#622), Billy (#845), Will (#892), Willie (#934), Wiley (#1437), Wilmer (#1682), Bill, Billie, Wilhelm, Wilkie, Willem, Williams, Willis, Willy and Wilmot are the prominent alternative forms of Willi (OUTSIDE TOP 2000) rated in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Wim, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Willi was common among parents a century ago (MEDIAN #745) and is now significantly lower (#1525, 90.4% LESS USAGE). (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

Willi is pronounced similarly to Ali, Allie, Eli, Elli, Eloi, Ollie, Wallie, Wally, Willey and Wylie. Other recommended sound-alike names are Gili, Waldi, Wallis, Wells, Wil, Wild, Wilde, Willes, Willet and Williss. These names tend to be more frequently used than Willi.

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