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Meaning and Origin of: Willis

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Teutonic : Valiant protector
  • German : Son of William

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : patronymic from the personal name Will.
  • George Willis is recorded in Boston, MA, in the 1630s. Nathianel Willis, born in Boston in 1780, and his son Nathaniel Parker Willis, born in Portland, ME, in 1806, were both prominent journalists.

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