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Gender: Female Origin of Willodean: American, meaning unknown

The name Willodean is a girl's name . Willodean and discussed in our forums with posts like "If I had 8 daughters whose names started with...".

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The Social Security Lists show this name to have used throughout the 1920s and '30s especially in Southern states. There are a few theories on its origins (an invented name created to honor William/Willard and a a female name ending in "-dine", or it may be an Aglicization of a Native American name). Either way, it has a willowy sweetness that deserves a comeback.

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Pop Culture References for the name Willodean

Country singer Dolly Parton (b. 1946) has a brother named Willadeene (b. 1940).
Willodean Opal Dixon - Main character from Dumplin'


SouthernPeach Says:


Nns could be Willa, Willoe, Deana, Will, or Willie!

ThatsAmore Says:


Is this like Renesmee? Annnd I kinda want to say Willobean instead! ...The more I say it I can truly see appeal but why not stick with Willow or Willoughby?

Hydra Says:


Good point-didn't think of that. Most people will probably think it's just some old fashioned, great-grandma name, though. While Willow is androgynous, it seems to be more associated with females, a la Willow Smith, Willow Shields, etc. I don't think it's that boyish.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


Names like Claudine and Nadine may not currently be popular, but they have been in the past and as such are familiar and seen as undoubtedly and traditionally feminine. Whereas a name like Willodean is not popular. Thus it does not possess the same traditionally feminine vibe, especially when one takes into account the fact that 'Willow' is a new and rather androgynous name.

Still, you do have a point - Willodine does make it appear as a more girlish choice. :)

Hydra Says:


Well, not really. There are other feminine names, such as Claudine and Nadine, that end with -dine. Maybe not Dean, but the sound is the same. Willodine may work, though I think Willodean is lovely.

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AldabellaxWulfe Says:


There is something about this name that is absolutely stunning. I don't know what it is, but whenever I say it out loud, the image of a smart, adventurous little nature girl comes to mind, and I love it. But, OH, the Dean! Why did there have to be a Dean in it? As someone who grew up with a masculine name (and, to date, not benefitting from it in the slightest), I am hell-bent on giving my future daughter a 100% feminine name and Dean is such a deal-breaker! :(