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Quick Facts on Willow

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 155
Simple meaning:
Flexible, intuitive

Characteristics of Willow

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Willow

Willow is the English vocabulary word for the tree of the same name. The name comes from the Olde English “welig” which would morph into “willow” in modern English. The willow tree is known for its graceful elegance and its pliancy of wood. Willows grow in cold and temperate climates throughout the Northern Hemisphere and often near water. The tree’s branches can bend into unbelievable poses without breaking. In Celtic mythology there is a strong association between the willow tree and the moon/water, and as such connected with the metaphysical and encouragement of intuition and imagination. This bendable tree can withstand harsh environments, symbolizing our flexibility to adjust no matter where we are planted. Naming children after trees, flowers and plants became fashionable in the 19th century among English-speaking nations. Today, the name Willow experiences most of its popularity in Australia where it was ranked 43rd most popular girl’s name in 2012. It's also a Top 100 favorite in England, Scotland and Canada.

Popularity of the Name Willow

We were surprised to see Willow only appear on the U.S. naming charts for the first time in 1998. We would have bet our bottom-dollar that Willow would have emerged in the 1960s when hippie children were receiving names of flowers, plants and trees across the nation. Or even at the turn of the 20th century when tree names were all the rage (Hazel, Myrtle and Olive for instance). Nope, Willow has only just come into fashion this century, and only moderately so. Initial influence for the name's usage came from the popular TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003) in which actress Alyson Hannigan portrayed a central character named Willow Rosenberg. The name later received some currency after the famous celebrity couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith named their daughter Willow (2000). Then Sarah Palin came into the national public eye (2007) with her unusually-named children, one of which is Willow. This easy, breezy name feels as pliable as the tree itself. It’s gentle yet strong. Delicate yet unbreakable. Familiar yet unusual. Happy yet wistful. Willow, like the tree, does evoke a certain sense of intuition and imagination. It's no wonder this lovely name is showing upwards momentum on the charts.
Popularity of the Girl Name Willow
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Willow

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Willow

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Willow

    Willow We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Willow.

  • Popular Songs on Willow

    Popular Songs on Willow

    Bends Like A Willow - a song by Jethro Tull

    Bury Me Beneath The Willow - a song by Woody Guthrie

    Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow - a song by Natalie Merchant

    Down In The Willow Garden - a song by The Everly Brothers

    Little Willow - a song by Paul McCartney

    Pussy Willow - a song by Jethro Tull

    Weeping Willow - a song by Kingston Trio

    Weeping Willow - a song by The Verve

    Willow - a song by Joan Armatrading

    Willow - a song by The Creatures

    Willow Is a Player - a song by Will Smith

    Willow Tree - a song by G. Love & Special Sauce

    Willow Tree Lullaby - a song by America

    Willow Weep For Me - a song by Diana Krall

    Willow Weep For Me - a song by Frank Sinatra

    Willow Weep For Me - a song by Nina Simone

    Willow Weep For Me - a song by Ray Charles

    Willow Weep For Me - a song by Steve Miller

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Willow

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Willow

    Gentle Willow: A Story for Children about Dying (Joyce C. Mills) - Written for children who may not survive their illness or for the children who know them, this tender and touching tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion. Amanda and Little Tree discover that their friend Gentle Willow isn't feeling well. Amanda summons the Tree Wizards, who visit Gentle Willow and determine that they can't fix her. Amanda is angry at first, but eventually she listens to the Tree Wizards as they explain that death is a transformation and journey into the unknown. They also counsel Amanda that the medicine she can give Gentle Willow is love. In a final act of love, Amanda comforts Gentle Willow, who is afraid, with a story about the caterpillar who transforms into a butterfly. A new "Note to Parents" addresses how to cope with death and dying. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Wind in the Willows (Kenneth Grahame) - If you ever feel like falling into a beautiful comic-book story--in the same way one falls back into a warm field of grass--reach for Michel Plessix's lush adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's Wind in the Willows. The artwork is an aquarelle, with thin, precise, detailed lines. It's no wonder he received numerous awards for his previous effort, Julien Boisvert, a contemporary take on the Tintin character type. In Wind in the Willows, Plessix breathes life into Mole, Rat, and Toad (of Toad Hall) as they picnic on the riverbank, indulge in Toad's latest fad, and get lost in Wild Wood. The pacing is masterful: each panel lingers just long enough to make you appreciate the simple pleasures of life. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Willow (Denise Brennan-Nelson) - All of the students in Miss Hawthorn's art class draw trees that are alike, except for Willow, a rosy-cheeked little girl who paints what she sees when she closes her eyes. When the rigid, unimaginative teacher tells her that blue apples do not exist, Willow brings her one the next day. "Horrid little girl," Miss Hawthorn says. Yet at Christmas the only gift Miss Hawthorn receives is from Willow. The child presents her with her beloved art book, which begins a transformation in the dour, unhappy woman. Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Willow and the Snow Day Dance (Denise Brennan-Nelson) - Mr. Larch is not a very neighborly neighbor. He never has any visitors. His gray, gloomy house never has any decorations. He avoids everyone and everyone avoids him. But now Mr. Larch has a new neighbor. Willow and her family have moved into the bright yellow house directly across the street. Willow loves her new house and neighborhood. She loves the summer and planting her garden. She loves the fall and sharing vegetables with her neighbors. And when winter arrives, she loves that, too. She can't wait for the first snowfall because she has found the perfect hill for sledding. And it's right behind Mr. Larch's house. Can Willow melt his cold heart in time to enjoy a Snow Day? Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Willow at Christmas (Camilla Ashforth) - Delicate watercolors evoke the wonder of childhood as Willow, the gentle bear, prepares for a perfect Christmas with all of his friends on Paradise Farm. On the morning of Christmas Eve, Willow jumps out of bed, joyful to see that snow is falling. There’s much to do - gathering holly, wrapping presents, and searching for just the right tree to trim with Little Pig Pink and the rest of his animal friends. Soon it’s time to hang up the stockings and snuggle back into bed - with hopes that Santa Claus will come in the night. Also part of the series is Willow by the Sea and Willow by the River. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Willow Smith (Tamra Orr) - A biography of the rising young star and daughter of a celebrity couple - Willow Smith. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Willow the Wednesday Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - No fun in Fairyland? The Fun Day Fairies are each responsible for adding spunk and sparkle to one day of the week! But when Jack Frost steals their magic, they need Rachel and Kirsty's help. Without the fairies' special flags, every day of the week will be gloomy and glum. Jack Frost's goblins are on the lookout for Willow the Wednesday Fairy's magical flag! Can Rachel and Kirsty track it down at the Arts and Crafts Fair…before the goblins do? Find the magic flag in each book, and help fill every day of the week with fun! Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Willow

    Famous People Named Willow

    Famous People Named Willow - Willow Smith (actress/singer/fashionista); Willow Palin (daughter of Sarah Palin)

  • Children of Famous People Named Willow

    Children of Famous People Named Willow

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Willow - Gabrielle Anwar (actress); Jada Pinkett Smith (actress); Pink (musician); Randy Johnson (baseball player); Roger Daltry (musician); Sarah Palin (TV personality/politician); Will Smith (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Willow - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Willow - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Willow.

Personality of the Girl Name Willow

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Willow

  • No Variations Found.
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