Will - Meaning of Will
[ 1 syll. wi-(l)(l), wil-l ] The baby boy name Will is pronounced as WihL †. Will has its origins in the Germanic, Old English, and English languages. It is used largely in English. Germanic origin: The name developed as a short form of William and other names containing the first element wil (meaning 'will, desire'). It has been used since the early medieval period.
In addition, Will is an English familiar form of the English and German Wilbert.
Will is also a contracted form of the English Wilbur.
Will is also a form of the English Wildon.
Will is also a contracted form of the English Wilfred.
Will is also an English contracted form of the English and French William.
Will is also a contracted form of the English Willis.
Will is also an English familiar form of the English and Scandinavian Wilmer.
Will is also a familiar form of the English Wilson.
Will is also a familiar form of the English Wilton.
Will is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby boy name, but not as much as it was in the past. In 1900, 0.371% of baby boys were named Will. It was #43 in rank then. The baby name has substantially slipped in popularity since then, and in recent times it is of only modest use. In 2018, it ranked at #892 with a usage of 0.013%. Among the family of boy names directly related to Will, William was the most commonly used. It was 60 times more frequently used than Will in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Will: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Will:
Actor Will Ferrell, born 16 July 1967, Irvine, California.
Animator Will Vinton, born 1948, McMinnville, Oregon.
Cartoonist Will Eisner, born 6 March 1917 - 3 January 2005, Brooklyn, New York.
Humorist Will Rogers, born William Penn Adair Rogers 4 November 1879 - 15 August 1935.
Singer Will Smith, born 25 September 1968, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.