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What does Willis mean?

Willis Pronunciation of Willis as a boys' name is of Old English origin. Diminutive of William, or from Will. Basketball player Willis Reed.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, reed (meadow)


VARIANTS Will, Willes, Willess, Willie, Williss, Williston, Willy

RELATIONS VIA WILL, WILLIAM Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Villem, Wil, Wilek, Wiley, Wilkes, Wilkie, Willem, Willi, Williams, Willkie, Wills, Willson, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilson



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How popular is Willis?

Willis is a very prominent first name for males (#348 out of 1220, Top 28%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#216 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Willis entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex position of #106 in the U.S. then, but is not in the list currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

William (#3 FROM RECENT DATA), Wilson (#622), Billy (#845), Will (#892), Willie (#934), Wiley (#1437), Wilmer (#1682), Bill, Billie, Wilkie, Willem, Williams, Willy and Wilmot are the popular variation forms of Willis. These relations of Willis were at the apex of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (AVERAGE #734) and are now significantly less widespread (#1494, DOWN 90.4%), with forms such as Wilson becoming somewhat outmoded.

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

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

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

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

Similar Names

Willis is pronounced similarly to Aiolos, Aiolus, Alwis, Elis, Ellis, Elliss, Wallas and Wallis. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Billie, Callis, Collis, Dallis, Fillip, Gilles, Gillies, Gillis, Gilliss, Hillie, Hollis, Mills, Sills, Tallis, Tullis, Wallie, Wells, Wilek, Wilkes, Wilkie, Wilkins, Willem, Willet, Willets, Willey, Willi, Williams, Willkes, Willkie, Willkins (see Wilkinson) and Wills. These names tend to be less commonly used than Willis.