Gender: Female Meaning of Willow: "willow tree" Origin of Willow: English nature name Willow's Popularity in 2018: #62

Willow Origin and Meaning

The name Willow is a girl's name of English origin meaning "willow tree".

Willow came into use as a given name after the willow tree, whose name was derived from the Old English word welig, meaning “willow.” Willow trees are associated with grace and elegance, which gave way to the adjective “willowy.” Other names with meanings related to willows include Arava, Willoughby, Dozier, Wellesley, Selby, and Salton.

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. It's been a fast riser in recent years, 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 highly popular in Australia and 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.

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Rank in US: #62

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Famous People Named Willow

Pop Culture References for the name Willow

Willo, Willough, Willoughby


Shamra Says:


I grew up wanting to name my son Willow. I always seen it as a boy's name. Specially because I really liked the movie Willow (still do) as a kid growing up. My x husband told me nope on both boys. He chose the first names. And I read through the comments before posting and a few made me smile because our last name was Meadows. Proves me right it would have been a terrific name. Willow Meadows!
They still have good names but Willow for a boy still holds my heart.

Tigris Says:


I loved the name Willow for a long time due to the connection with the beautiful trees, but the nickname Willie in a school setting deletes this one from my list. I foresee a ton of dong jokes. I just cannot do that to my daughter.

mamanmia Says:


Talitha is my favourite girls name lol, and it can be better translated as maiden

Piteco Says:


I would love to see a boy named Willow. Any mother of a Willow boy here?

MadelineM Says:


So beautiful and elegant, but cute and quirky at the same time. Love it.

Erin1619 Says:


We plan to name our girl Willow and nickname her Lolo. Her big sister's name is Poppy, short for Penelope.

Piteco Says:


Amazing name, with a very cool meaning. The only bad thing is that it has become very popular ... but apart from that, Willow is perfect, magical, charming and incredible.

Sam_123 Says:


Just read online that Willow is the fastest growing girls name in Ireland for 2016/17, it's now jumped into the top 100 girls names at 72nd place.. Beautiful name, at the top of my list if I have a little girl 💗

NameLover 11 Says:


Why isn't Willow listed as a boys name too!!???

Samsonite Says:


Gorgeous name. You can actually hear the wind through the branches.

Noemie Brisson Says:


Hey, I am actually writing a story on "Wattpad" and the name of the main character is "Willow Meadow" (without an «s»)... I am so chocked! Haha. I am not here for baby names, but for characters names!

paulapuddephatt Says:


Lovely name

hermioneameliastyles Says:


One of the most beautiful nature names.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I like this for a boy too.

indiefendi2 Says:


Why does this have to be #111 instead of #1111 :'( I'll save it for the middle I guess

Willow Meadows Says:


Hi, just had to comment and giggle, my name is Willow Meadows and my wife is River.

katinka Says:


This has really grown on me! It's popular (I live in the UK), but not horribly so, and it still manages to feel quirky because of its natural meaning and unusual sound/shape. It's unusable for me because I have a surname which starts with W- and another daughter whose name ends in -o, but I like to see this being used.

Tabby Cat Says:


By all means, give your child a name that means, at best, "girl", or at worst "little girl", that is so uncommon that it never appears on any named stuff, but don't be offended if they hate it because they do not comfortably identify with it.

EW314 Says:


A very soft and pretty name, but incredibly trendy right now. It strikes me as one of those names people pick to be quirky and original, when in fact it's no. 51 here in the UK. I can see Wren heading the same way over the next decade or so.

snowsbeloved Says:


I think Talitha is cute though!! I prefer it to Willow.

Tabby Cat Says:


I'd rather Willow than Talitha *shudders* What were my parents thinking of?

Floris Says:


I sent you the link to a website where somebody says the name, but I'm not sure if nameberry lets me post this?
Anyhow, the website's name is forvo. So, just search for that and Irish, saille

Floris Says:

To me It sounds like SUL-ü-ye

Beth Says:


This name will always be a throwback to Buffy the Vampire Slayer for me, and what a great namesake. If this name didn't clash so horribly with my last name I would totally consider it.

snowsbeloved Says:


"Wiiiiiiillowwww!!! Change me into my human form!!"

samanthar911 Says:


My cats name is Willow. Its a beautiful name, some nicknames would be Willie, Will,and some sillier ones: Willshire, Willy-Nilly.

thenameprincess Says:


I really love this name. Feminine without being too frilly, sweet but not too cutesy, easy to grow into, and a beautiful meaning. Of course im a little biased as my tree sign is the Willow so I think it would be really sweet to name my daughter Willow. I really dont mind the whomping willow connection at all and think it could be a funny pet name for a particularly rambunctious little girl. Im suprised no one has mentioned Willow from the tv show Buffy. I absolutely love that character and I think it would be a great namesake. Personally I prefer the nn Billie to Will on a little girl but nn Willa would be super cute too.

hahahahno Says:


don't name your child this it is my name and i can never find those little charms in the stores with my name on it

Zelliew Says:


Willow has more charm than Meadow or River in my opinion

SimoneKadele Says:


Sorry! It's okay, I just wouldn't use it.

Bobcat108 Says:


The word for willow in Gaelic is "saille." I've seen the pronunciation written as both "SOL-yeh" & "SAHL-yeh." Anyone know if either of those are correct?

pixelatedinfants Says:


I have a sim in my 100 baby challenge named Willow. I sometimes call her Willie. Willie is a multi-sex name,so it fits. I love the name Willow :).

Kailey___kailey Says:


This name is probably my favorite name.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Super pretty and unique, not that popular either. Love it!

Ronja_Elise Says:


such a beautiful name. Love Willow trees ... they are so magical and pretty !

steampunkleo Says:


Yes. And it would still be adorable.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


My best friend named her daughter this nearly three years ago and, while I love my friend and her toddler is the cutest thing in the world - I secretly admit that I HATE the name! All it brings to mind is the Whomping Willow from Harry Potter, or perhaps the Weeping Willow connotation, or the old Victorian belief of it being the official tree of death. Add that to the fact that I always though it was a bit more on the boy side; what with the masculine beginning of "Will-" and the traditionally masculine ending of "-o".

I do want to like this name, but there's too much holding me back... :(

steampunkleo Says:


I think you may have just ruined this name for me -.- :P

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I also like those, but the Whomping Willow didn't even come to mind, haha! :)

SimoneKadele Says:


Whomping. LOL I actually like both this name and HP. But the actual Whomping Willow? Not so much!

Eva Thyssen Says:


Also pillow x_X

hellogoodbye111 Says:


I dislike it -- kind of too 70's hippie.. Also btvs

jasminegarden Says:


a stunning name, and Willow Rosenberg is a wonderful namesake!

Mariank Says:


The baby name "Willow" can totally be a boy's name, also!

DearestJules Says:


Willie or Wallie might be cuter.

Guest Says:


so Will could work as a nickname for a girl basically?

jess181 Says:


Love this - especially on a boy.

strawberrygirl21 Says:


One of my favorites. It's also in my top 3 girl names.

raevynstar Says:


t's pretty trendy but beautiful.