Willie: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Willie

Willie

Pronunciation: WI-lee (key)

Origin of the name Willie:

A short form of William, from the Old Norman French Willaume, which is derived from the Old High German Willehelm, a compound name composed from the elements willeo (will, determination) and helm (protection, helmet): hence, "resolute protector." William is the most popular name introduced to England by the Normans. It was borne by William the Conqueror (1027? - 87), who invaded England and defeated Harald at the Battle of Hastings, and by three other kings of England.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Willie Nelson, American country singer-songwriter and activist.
Boxcar Willie, American country singer.
Willie Brown, American politician.
Willie Redmond, Irish politician.
Willie Mays, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder.
Willie Stargell, American Baseball Fall of Fame left fielder and 1st baseman.
Willie McCovey, American Baseball Fall of Fame 1st baseman.
Willie Geist, American TV personality.

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Groundskeeper Willie, character on The Simpsons.
Willy Loman, the salesman character in Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman."
Willy Wonka, fictional character created for Roald Dahl's novel "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and the film adaptations that followed.
Willie Oleson, character on the TV series Little House on the Prairie.

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