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Gender: M Origin of Willis: Diminutive of William

A common surname almost never used in recent times.

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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