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Gender: Female Meaning of Willow: "willow tree" Origin of Willow: English nature name Willow's Popularity in 2017: #81

The name Willow is a girl's name of English origin meaning "willow tree". Willow is ranked #81 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "follow the last letter".

From the experts:

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-Baby-Names">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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Famous People Named Willow

Kristine Carlin "Willow" Bay, American television journalist
Willow Shields, American actress; twin sister Autumn Shields
Willow Geer-Alsop, American actress
Kaitlin Willow Olson, American actress
Willow Sheffer, daughter of actors Gabrielle Anwar and Craig Sheffer
Willow Bianca Faye Palin, daughter of U.S. politician Sarah Palin
Willow Camille Reign Smith, American actress/singer, daughter of actors Will & Jada Pinkett Smith
Willow McCarthy (b. 2007), daughter of actor Andrew McCarthy
Willow Katherine White (b. 2008), daughter of actress Michelle Monaghan and Peter White
Willow Rose Owen (b. 2008), daughter of singer Mark Owen of Take That and Emma Ferguson
Willow Stevens (b. 2009), daughter of actor Dan Stevens and singer Susie Hariet
Willow Lenora Herschenfeld (b. 2009), daughter of actress Alicia Minshew and Richie Herschenfeld
Willow Rose McGuinness (b. 2009), daughter of TV presenter Amanda Lamb and Sean McGuinness
Willow Sage Hart (b. 2011), daughter of singer Pink and Carey Hart
Willow Jade Ford (b. 2012), daughter of actress Holly Brisley and Paul Ford
Willow Grace Simpson (b. 2012), daughter of golfer Webb Simpson
Willow Grace Radke (b. 2013), daughter of singer Ronnie Radke
Willow Phoenix Buckley (b. 2014), daughter of actor A..J. Buckley
Willow Landau (b. 2016), daughter of actress Cheyenne Jackson and Jason Landau; twin of brother Ethan
Caitlin Willow Meyer (b. 2003), daughter of actor Breckin Meyer
Bianca Willow Nestor (b. 2013), daughter of tennis player Daniel Nestor

Pop Culture References for the name Willow

Willow Danielle Rosenberg, character on The WB's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Willow Ufgood, male character in 1988 fantasy film "Willow"
Willow Lynd, character in video game "The Sims 3" Moonlight Bay
Willow Woodward, character in film "The Wicker Man"
Willow Stark, character on American soap "Days of Our Lives"
Willow, character in Dreadstar comics
Willow, character in "Diamond Willow" by Helen Frost
Grandmother Willow, tree character in Disney's "Pocahontas"
Willow, character on Bonanza episode "The Spitfire"
Willow Cruz, character on TV's "Liv and Maddie"
The Whomping Willow, a valuable and very violent magical plant in the Harry Potter series
Willow Moore, character in the Addicted Series
Willow, character from video game "Don't Starve"
Willow Fields, half-angel main character of the "Angel" series by L. A. Weatherly

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