[ 2 syll. wi-(l)lis, wil-l-is ] The baby boy name Willis is pronounced as WIHL-ihS- †. Willis is used mostly in English. Its language of origin is Germanic and English. From English roots, its meaning is son of Will. Its meaning is from the word 'son'. The first name is derived from the English surname. The first name was adopted from the 19th century.
In addition, Willis is a derivative (English) of the English and French name William.
Willis is uncommon as a baby boy name. At the modest height of its usage in 1919, 0.112% of baby boys were named Willis. It was #131 in rank then. The baby name has seen a substantial decline in frequency since then, and is currently used on a very light scale. In 2018, within the family of boy names directly related to Willis, William was the most widely used.
Baby names that sound like Willis include Wilis, Wyllis, Waleis, Wallace, Wallach, Wallache, Wallack, Wallas, Wallase, Wallice, Wallis, Wallise, Walloch, Wallyse, Walshie, Walshy, Wella, Wilco, Wileck, and Wileigh.
† Pronunciation for Willis: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)"
A famous person named Willis is Willis O'Brien, Animator, born 2 March 1886, Oakland, California.