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Willis is an English baby boy’s name that is a diminutive of William. It means “resolute protection”. Willis was a solidly popular name for most of the 20th century, peaking in 1919. It disappeared in the mid-1990s.

Meaning of the name Willis:

English: resolute protection

Origin of the name Willis:

Willis is a baby boy’s name of English origin that means “resolute protection”. Willis is a diminutive of William. Willis is an English surname that comes from the diminutive Will.

Symbolism of the name Willis:

Willis means “resolute protection” and comes from the name William. William has been a popular name for centuries and bourne by countless authors, artists, actors, monarchs, and other influential figures.

Style of the name Willis:


Gender of the name Willis:

Willis is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Willis:


Number of syllables in the name Willis:


Emotion evoked from the name Willis:

Willis evokes feelings of confidence and hard work.

Alternative spellings for the name Willis:

Wilis, Willys, Wyllis

Nicknames for the name Willis:

Popularity of the name Willis:

According to the Social Security Administration, Willis is a popular baby boy’s name. Willis was in the top 1000 baby names list from 1900 to 1993. It peaked at #131 in 1919.

Related names for the name Willis:

Great middle names for the name Willis and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Willis:

  • Willis Haviland Carrier (American inventor)
  • Willis Eugene Lamb Jr. (American physicist and Nobel prize winner)
  • Willis Andrew McGahee III (American football player)
  • Willis Reed Jr. (American basketball player)
  • Willis Linn Jepson (American botanist)

Willis in popular culture:

  • Willis Drummand (television, “Diff'rent Strokes”)
  • Dr. Ethan Willis (television, “Code Black”)
  • Willis (television, “Digimon” series)
  • Willis the Bouncer (literature, “Red Planet” by Robert A. Heinlein)
  • Willis Jackson (television, “Diff’rent Strokes”)
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