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Gender: F Meaning of Willow: "willow tree" Origin of Willow: English Willow's Popularity in 2015: #111

An ancient tree that figures in literature from Shakespeare to Harry Potter and is believed to possess magical powers, Willow is a lovely name, as graceful as its inspiration, that is growing in popularity along with Willa and Will.

This elegant and charming nature name has been chosen for their daughters by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Michelle Monaghan and Pink. In the past five years, it moved up nearly 200 spots to Number 111, climbing along with other Will names Willa, William and Will, having taken off here a year after the character of Willow was introduced on Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1997.

Willow is even more popular in other English-speaking countries: it's Number 33 in Australia and in the Top 100 in the UK, Canada and Scotland.

The name has transcended its one-time hippie aura to move into the realm of reappraised and appreciated nature names. The willow is believed by the Romani to possess the ability to heal the sick and rejuvenate the aged.

Pink was quoted as saying her choice was influenced by a willow tree she grew up near,and that it is the most flexible tree that nothing can break --no wind, no elements, it can bend and withstand anything.

Famous People Named Willow

Kristine Carlin "Willow" Bay, American television journalist
Willow Shields, American actress; twin sister Autumn Shields
Kaitlin Willow Olson, American actress
Willow Bianca Faye Palin, daughter of U.S. politician Sarah Palin
Willow Sage Hart (b. 2011), daughter of singer Pink and Carey Hart
Willow Katherine (b. 2008), daughter of actress Michelle Monaghan
Willow Camille Reign Smith, American actress/singer, daughter of Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
Willow Stevens (b. 2009), daughter of actor Dan Stevens and singer Susie Hariet
Willow Grace Radke (b. 2013), daughter of singer Ronnie Radke
Willow Lea-Michelle Kent (b. 2014), daughter of singer Jude Simone of The Modern Commune Kids

Pop Culture References for the name Willow

The Whomping Willow (a valuable and very violent magical plant) from the "Harry Potter" series
Willow Danielle Rosenberg, character on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Willow Ufgood, male character in 1988 fantasy film "Willow"
Willow Lynd, character in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
Willow Woodward, character in film "The Wicker Man"
Willow Stark, character on American soap "Days of Our Lives"
Willow, character in Dreadstar comics
Willow, character in "Diamond Willow" by Helen Frost
Grandmother Willow, tree character from Disney's "Pocahontas"
Willow, character on Bonanza episode "The Spitfire"
Willow, character in Disney Channel sitcom Liv and Maddie
Willow Mellark, daughter of Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark

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