Willy: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Willy

Willy

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.

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Free Willy -- movie about a whale

Willy Wonka in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory

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