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Gender: M Meaning of Willoughby: "farm near the willows" Origin of Willoughby: English

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Willoughby is an energetic last-name-first route to the popular short form Will, livelier than any of the two-syllable options. It could be picked up by parents attracted to the Willow sound for girls.

Willoughby Patterne is the protagonist of the George Meredith novel, The Egotist. Willoughby Sharp was a contemporary artist, curator, critic and founder of the seminal art magazine, Avalanche. There is a classic 1962 British children's novel titled The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken that was made into a film in 1989.

Famous People Named Willoughby

Holly Willoughby - British TV Presenter

Pop Culture References for the Name Willoughby

John Willoughby, from "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Sir Clement Willoughby, antagonist in "Evelina" by Fanny Burney, Austen's precursor
Sir Willoughby Patterne, self-absorbed titular character in the tragicomic Victorian novel "The Egoist"
Willoughby is the name of a town in an episode of "The Twilight Zone" entitled "The Stop at Willoughby"

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