[ 2 syll. wi-(l)lie, wil-l-ie ] The baby boy name Willie is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. It is pronounced as WIHLLiy- †. Willie is largely used in the English, German, and Scandinavian languages, and its origin is Germanic, English, and Old English.
Willie is an English diminutive form of the name Wilbert (English and German).
Willie is also a diminutive form of the name Wilbur (English).
Willie is also a diminutive form of the name Wilfred (English).
Willie is also an English, German, and Scandinavian diminutive form of the name William (English and French).
Willie is also a diminutive form of the name Willis (English).
Willie is also an English diminutive form of the name Wilmer (English and Scandinavian).
Willie is also a diminutive form of the name Wilson (English).
Willie is also a diminutive form of the name Wilton (English).
Willie is a classic favorite. Currently it is still somewhat popular as a baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use in the past. Its usage peaked in 1910 with 1.389% of baby boys being given the name Willie. It ranked at #11 then. The baby name has since experienced a substantial fall in popularity, and is now of occasional use. In 2018, its usage was only 0.012% and its ranking #934. Among the group of boy names directly linked to Willie, William was the most commonly used. In 2018, it was used 65 times more than Willie. Willie has mostly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1973, the name Willie was given to 19 times as many baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for Willie: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Willie:
Baseball Player Willie Mays, born William Howard Mays, Jr., 3 May 1931, Westfield, Alabama.
Blues Singer Willie Mae Thornton, born 11 December 1926 - 25 July 1984, Montgomery, Alabama.
Country Singer Willie Nelson, born 30 April 1933, Abbott, Texas.
Jockey Willie Shoemaker, born 19 August 1931 - 12 October 2003, Fabens, Texas.