Gender: Female Meaning of Willow: "willow tree" Origin of Willow: English nature name Willow's Popularity in 2019: #46

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: #46

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Armor Says:


P!nk's story behind her name is actually kind of funny to me because I grew up with a willow tree in my yard and the thing was so dead that it broke all the time. One of the big thick branches fell on top of our lilacs and killed half of them. We eventually took it down before it had the chance to fall on the neighbor's house lol.

Renee5322 Says:


Whoa, no comments for this name?! I’m shocked.
I actually prefer Willa to this name, though I do like it. Pink’s story behind her daughter’s name is so touching and sweet.