Willa has become increasingly fashionable, with its combination of Willa (born Wilella) Cather-like pioneer strength and the graceful beauty of the willow tree. Actress Keri Russell named her newborn daughter Willa Lou, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman used Willa for the youngest of his three children, and David Mamet and Brian De Palma also have daughters named Willa, plus it's the middle name of Meryl Streep's actress daughter Mary (called Mamie.)
Willa originated as a short form of Wilhelmina. After a half-century hiatus, it's just reentered the U.S. Top 1000 and is definitely on an upward course.
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