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

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

Willoughby Hickman, three British baronets
Willoughby Williams, American Revolutionary soldier and politician
Willoughby Williams, Jr., American banker and sheriff
Willoughby Sharp, American artist
(Charles) Willoughby Moke Norrie, 1st Baron Norrie, British soldier; Governor of South Australia, 8th Governor-General of New Zealand
Willoughby Merrik Campbell Burrell, 5th Baron Gwydyr, British soldier

Pop Culture References for the name Willoughby

John Willoughby, character in "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen
Sir Clement Willoughby, character in "Evelina" by Fanny Burney
Sir Willoughby Patterne, character in "The Egoist" by George Meredith
"The Stop at Willoughby," episode of TV series "The Twilight Zone"
Willoughby, character on TV's "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23"

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