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Gender: Male Origin of Willis: Diminutive of William Meaning of William: English from German, "resolute protection"

The name Willis is a boy's name . Willis and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

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A common surname almost never used in recent times.

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Famous People Named Willis

Willis Haviland Carrier, American inventor of air conditioning
Willis Eugene Lamb Jr., American physicist and Nobel prize winner
Willis Andrew McGahee III, American NFL football player
Willis Reed Jr., American basketball player
Willis Linn Jepson, American botanist
Willis "Gator" Jackson, American jazz saxophonist
Willis Bouchey, American character actor

Pop Culture References for the name Willis

Willis Drummand, character on TV's "Diff'rent Strokes" ("Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?")
Dr. Ethan Willis, character from TV's "Code Black," played by Rob Lowe

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heatherelainediamond Says:


This is my daughter's middle name in honor of my mother's maiden name (Eva Willis). My coming baby will have my husband's mother's maiden name as a middle: Lewis. I love the sound of these and would happily move them into the first name category for girls...Willis is so soft and sweet. Of course, no one (not even my daughter) has yet to agree with me. But to me, Willis is the fresh version of Willow.