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What does Willy mean?

Willy Pronunciation of 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).


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, determined (faithful), protector (defender)



OTHER FORMS 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, Wim

(male) Winly, ..

(female) Wilbe, ..

Willy Henri (W.H.), ..

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. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Willy rated in the Top 2000 are Bill, Billie, Billy (#845 FROM RECENT DATA), Wiley (#1437), Wilhelm, Wilkie, Will (#892), Willem, William (#3), Willie (#934), Willis, Wilmer (#1682), Wilmot and Wilson (#622). Usage of these forms of Willy was well-received among parents during the years 1880-1889 (MEDIAN #755) and is now much diminished (#1494, 90.4%).

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

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

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

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

Similar Names

Willy is pronounced similarly to Alley, Aly, Elli, Eloy, Ely, Illya, Olley, Wallie, Wally, Willey and Wylie. Other suggested similar-sounding 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.

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