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Quick Facts on Willie

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 708
Simple meaning:
Valiant Protector

Characteristics of Willie

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Willie

Willie is a pet form of the English masculine name William. The German Wilhelm and the French Guillaume eventually gave way to the English William. The name is derived from the Germanic elements “wil” meaning “will, desire” and “helm” meaning “helmet, protection.” Put those two words together and you’ve got a desire to protect; thus, the name William has come to stand for a “valiant protector”. William is by far the most successful and enduring of all the Old French names of Germanic origin. The name William was brought to England by way of the Norman Conquest in 1066. Ironically, the military leader of the conquest was William the Duke of Normandy, who later became William the Conqueror – and, of course, after his successful invasion, became King of England. Not only did his reign carry Norman-French culture to England, but it also brought an almost immediate impact to the English language and an abrupt shift in naming practices. Gone were the days of names like Drogo, Aethelred and Radulf. The defeated Anglo-Saxons wanted to assimilate. Very quickly, William became a top favorite throughout England where it has parked itself for almost a millennium. There have been a total of four Kings of England who have been named William – with a fifth one on the way (Prince William will succeed his father Prince Charles to the throne one day). Many short forms have developed from Bill to Billy, Will to Willie, not to mention the Irish Liam. Due to the endurance and popularity of William among English speakers, it’s no surprise that all of these pet forms have developed into independently given names in their own right. Willie is also used as a nickname for girls named Wilma and Wilhelmina (female equivalents of William).

Popularity of the Name Willie

The colloquial little Willie has maintained a position on the Top 1000 list for well over 100 years. In fact, this name was a Top 50 favorite up until the middle of the 20th century. Willie reached his apex in 1910 when it was the 11th most popular baby boy’s name nationwide – pretty amazing for such an informal name! Willie would fall off the Top 100 list in 1969 and continue his slow and steady downward trend from there. Today the name Willie is a low-moderate favorite. For baseball fans out there (particularly African-American), Willie is a name with a ton of cachet. Just consider the following Baseball Hall of Famers: Willie Mays, Willie McCovey and Willie Stargell. And country music fans can’t help but to think of the “outlaw” Willie Nelson. No doubt, Willie is a cool name – totally laid-back, friendly and approachable.
Popularity of the Boy Name Willie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Willie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Willie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Willie

    Willie Stark (All the King's Men) Willie Stark is the redoubtable protagonist of Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, All the King’s Men, published in 1946, and from which a memorable movie was made in 1949. Willie “The Boss” Stark is the quintessential politician - cynical, ambitious and conniving. Beginning his political life as an impoverished idealistic lawyer, Willie evolves into the powerful and corrupt governor of a Southern state, who has bought and intimidated his way into an untouchable position. Along the way, he fails as a husband, father and mentor, leaving a path of destruction in his wake. But Fate has in store for him a good, strong dose of his own medicine – in trumps. When Willie’s comeuppance arrives, we are inevitably satisfied with the inevitable outcome.

  • Popular Songs on Willie

    Popular Songs on Willie

    Big Willie - a song by Run-D.M.C.

    Big Willie Style - a song by Will Smith

    Blind Willie McTell - a song by Bob Dylan

    Blind Willie McTell - a song by The Band

    Cat-Eye Willie Claims His Lover - a song by Dave Carter

    Country Willie - a song by Willie Nelson

    Don't Touch My Willie - a song by Kevin Fowler

    Keep Your Promise Willie Thomas - a song by Hank Snow

    Kissing Willie - a song by Jethro Tull

    Rambling, Gambling Willie - a song by Bob Dylan

    Shotgun Willie - a song by Willie Nelson

    Sorry Willie - a song by Roger Miller

    Sorry Willie - a song by Willie Nelson

    Toll Booth Willie - a song by Adam Sandler

    Waylon, Willie and Me - a song by David Allen Coe

    Weed with Willie - a song by Toby Keith

    What Would Willie Do - a song by Gary Allan

    Willie - a song by Cat Power

    Willie and Laura Mae Jones - a song by Dusty Springfield

    Willie and Laura Mae Jones - a song by Waylon Jennings

    Willie and the Hand Jive - a song by Eric Clapton

    Willie the Pimp - a song by Frank Zappa

    Willie the Weeper - a song by Billy Walker

    Willie the Wimp - a song by Stevie Ray Vaughan

    Willie Was a Gamblin' Man - a song by Ferlin Husky

    Willie Waylon and Me - a song by David Allan Coe

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Willie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Willie

    Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen (Dyanne Disalvo-Ryan) - A straightforward fictional view of an urban soup kitchen, as observed by a boy visiting it with his `Uncle Willie,' who works there every day....The difficult lives of those fed (including children)--as well as the friendly, nonintrusive attitude of the kitchen workers toward them--are presented sensitively but without sentimentality. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Wee Willie Winkie (Annie Kubler) - This award winning series has been specifically designed for babies. A great introduction to books through well-known nursery rhymes and interactive text. Singing songs and rhymes is the perfect way to bond with your baby and share quality time. It also aids language development by introducing them to the natural sounds and patterns of speech. Combining these with actions also stimulates the brain and helps muscle development. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Whistle for Willie (Ezra Jack Keats) - Oh, how Peter wished he could whistle! Then he could whistle for his dog, Willie, and Willie would come running. But while he's trying to learn, there is a whole neighborhood for Peter to explore - spinning, drawing, hopping, and running through the pages of this delightful book. A tried-and-true friend, Whistle for Willie will keep attracting fans in this new board book edition designed with the very youngest readers in mind. The New York Times Review says: “Mr. Keats's illustrations boldy, colorfully capture the child, his city world, and the shimmering heat of a summer's day". ALA Notable Children's Book. Full-color illustrations. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Willie and the All-Stars (Floyd Cooper) - Willie, an African-American boy growing up in Chicago, dreams of playing baseball in the Major Leagues, like his idols. But it’s 1942, and Jackie Robinson is years away from breaking the color barrier. One day Willie sits with the old men in the neighborhood as they spin tall baseball tales. Willie knows the game like the back of his hand, but he’s never heard of Josh Gibson or Cool Papa Bell. “That’s because they’re Negro Leaguers,” says Ol’ Ezra. “Being a Major Leaguer is about a lot more than how good a fella is. It’s also about the color of his skin. And yours is the wrong color.” Willie is crushed. Until, that is, Ezra hands him two tickets to an exhibition all-star game between Major Leaguers and Negro Leaguers, and Willie sees firsthand how determination can change everything. A beautifully illustrated tribute to the power of a boy’s dreams, and the great gift that is hope. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Willie and the Lost Pacifier (Barbara Raney) - When Willie the Worm loses his pacifier, he is distraught. But when he searches for it, his friends tell him he is too grown up for a pacifier. And when Ellie the Elephant learns why he's upset, she tells him Jesus can comfort him better than any pacifier. Join Barbara Raney in the charming tale Willie and the Lost Pacifier, a part of The Marvelous and Many Adventures of Willie the Worm, as Willie learns where true security lies. Recommended for ages 2-4.

    Willie and Uncle Bill (Amy Schwartz) - Wow! What a time Willie has when Uncle Bill sits for him. When Willie's mother is gone, exciting things just seem to happen. In three separate adventures, the duo gets to try out a new look, cook up something fun, and rock out. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Willie Covan Loved to Dance! (Sherry Shahan) - An enchanting storybook for young children, each page tells the story in musical prose and colorful watercolor illustrations. Willie Covan Love to Dance! is the true story of a spirited tap dancer who performed in Wild West Saloons, minstrel shows, and vaudeville. With his unique style, Willie danced across social and racial barriers right into history - tapping his way to the top! Born on March 4, 1897 in Atlanta, Georgia, Willie Covan spent 60 years in show business. He is credited with creating classic tap steps, such as the Rhythm Waltz Clog and is also known for his Soft Shoe and Buck and Wing. In the 1930s Willie moved to Hollywood and performed in many movie musicals. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Willie's Wonderful Pet (Mel Cebulash) - Pet day at school turns into a fiasco when Al's dog refuses to bark, Rita's bird will not sing, and Henry's bunny does not hop, but Willie's pet worm crawls and gets the fun started. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Willie's Word World (Don L. Curry) - All Rookie Readers actively engage young readers, encouraging language development, building fluency, and promoting independent reading. By targeting a skill, like being able to spell and pronounce multisyllabic words, young readers are building fundamental reading skills with the help of fun, lively, colorfully illustrated stories. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! (Jonah Winter) - According to Booklist in a starred review, "the Say Hey Kid had style to spare, and so does this irrepressible book." He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on The Sporting News's list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players." Many believe him to be the best baseball player that ever lived. His name is Willie Mays. In Jonah Winter and Terry Widener's fascinating picture book biography, young readers can follow Mays's unparalleled career from growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, to playing awe-inspiring ball in the Negro Leagues and then the Majors, where he was center fielder for the New York (later San Francisco) Giants. Here is a book for all baseball lovers, young and old. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Willie

    Famous People Named Willie

    Famous People Named Willie - Willie Mays (baseball player); Willie Nelson (country musician); Willie McCovey (baseball player); Willie Brown (politician); William "Willie" Dixon (blues musician); William "Willie" Carson (horse jockey); Wilver "Willie" Stargell (baseball player); William "Willie" Hutch (singer/songwriter); Willie Randolph (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Willie

    Children of Famous People Named Willie

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Willie - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Willie.

  • Historic Figures

    Willie - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Willie Mays (6 May 1931 – present) - Willie Mays is one of sports’ most beloved figures and arguably the greatest baseball player of all time. Willie, the “Say Hey Kid”, spent almost his entire career with first, the New York Giants and then, the San Francisco Giants. His number, 24, has been retired by the team (although Willie offered it to his godson, Barry Bonds). He holds numerous records and awards, including World Series championships, MVPs, Hall of Fame membership, Player of the Decade and the honor of a statue of him outside San Francisco’s ball park. Willie Mays has hobnobbed with kings and presidents, with children and charwomen, and everyone is the better for their association with him. He is a latter day elder statesman of sort, a dignified and gracious reminder of a finer, nobler time in sports.

    Willie Nelson (30 Apr 1933 – present) - Willie Nelson is the mellow singing, you-know-what-kicking, Master of Country Music, in capitals! He writes prose and poetry as well as music, he has acted in dozens of films and he is a highly visible activist for various social causes. One of those causes is very dear to his own heart – that of the legalization of marijuana. Over the years, Willie evolved from a short-haired, suit wearing performer into the grey-bearded, long-haired, aging hippie who clearly doesn’t give a damn what you think of him. And we think the world of him – his voice is honey sifted through gravel, distinguishing such classics as “Honeysuckle Rose”, “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “On the Road Again”. Over the years, in addition to his illustrious solo career, Willie has paired or grouped with other notable bad boys, such as Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. It is our fond hope that this Outlaw will go on trucking forever!

Personality of the Boy Name Willie

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Willie

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