Willow: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Willow

Willow

Pronunciation: WI-loh (key)

Origin of the name Willow:

Taken from the name of the tree which is derived from the Middle English wilwe (willow). Willow trees are noted for their flexibility and graceful appearance, hence the adjective willowy, which means "gracefully slender and lithe," qualities seen as desirable feminine attributes.

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Comments and insights on the name Willow: | Edit

Majestic (almost magical) and sweet name usually picked out by families who love nature. Not just plants and trees, but also animals... Designates a strong lady, as beautiful and resilient as the tree itself!

Personal experiences with the name Willow: | Edit

My name is Willow; and I've always loved it!! It reminds me that when things get tough, no matter how bad they seem, I can handle them and bounce back! Just like my name says: I'm resilient as a Willow tree!! I'm flexible in a storm; I can go through the worst of the storms without breaking!! Sometimes my friends call me "Strong Willow," but also "Sweet Willow"...I haven't met anyone who hasn't liked my name yet. And even though some people think it's a hippie name, I'm far from being a hippie...as the beautiful leaves of the Willow tree cascade down, so does my long curly hair; and I'm very graceful and put together... The only thing I have in common with a hippie person is that we both love nature and that I also (from time to time) enjoy sitting on the ground (like for a picnic or when I walk my dogs...etc) hahaha :)

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My niece's name is Willow. My sister surprised us with it because before the baby was born she had never mentioned it. I honestly hated it at first but she is two now and it is one of my favorite names. We call her Low-Low for short.

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My daughter's name is Willow Faye. She typically goes by Faye, but we use Willow quite often, too. I've always loved willow trees, and I've always loved faeries, so that was my way of putting the two together. Also, her daddy's name is William, so it's kinda like we named her after him in a way, too. And, he absolutely LOVED the name, because two of his favorite TV characters are Willow from "Buffy" and Faye from "Cowboy Bebop," so everyone wins!

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My daughter's name is Willow, and I always thought it was such a pretty name - different enough, but not too 'out there'. Compliments usually follow after learning her name. Great nickname is 'Loey'. My husband's name is William so even though we didn't plan it, she was unintentionally named after him. A great move!

Nicknames for Willow: | Edit

Will, Wills, Willa, Willow Song, My little Willow tree, Willie, Loey , Bill/Billie, Lo Lo, Weeping Willow, Weepy Willow, Weepy, Wollie, Pussy Willow, Willowy

Meanings and history of the name Willow: | Edit

The name is taken from a beautiful tree called Weeping Willow. It's a name that stands as a badge for resilience, flexibility, grace, and protection...

Famous real-life people named Willow: | Edit

Willow Bay, American newscaster
Willow Camille Reign Smith, American actress/singer; daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Willow Sage Hart, daughter of Pink and racer Carey Hart
Willow Bianca Faye Palin, daughter of Todd and Sarah Palin
Willow Katherine White, daughter of Michelle Monaghan and Peter White

Willow in song, story & screen: | Edit

Willow Rosenberg, fictional character in the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Willow was Wilson's niece on "Home Improvement"
Willow is a name of a character in a movie by the same name from 1988
Willow Shields plays Primrose Everdeen in the movie "The Hunger Games"
Little Willow - Paul McCartney
Weeping Willow - The Hush Sound
Willow Weep for Me - Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn
Willow's Song - Lesley Mackey
"Willow's Whispers," a children's book by Lana Button
"Willow," children's picture book by Denise Brennan-Nelson
Wind in the Willows, children's story book.
Grandmother Willow, tree character from Disney's "Pocahontas"

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