Meaning and Origin of: Will

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Teutonic : Fierce protector

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Teutonic : Valiant protector

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and northern English : from the medieval personal name Will, a short form of William, or from some other medieval personal names with this first element, for example Wilbert or Willard.
  • English : topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or stream, Middle English wille (from wiell(a), West Saxon form of Old English well(a) ‘spring’). The surname is found predominantly in the south and southwestern parts of the country.
  • German : from a short form of any of the various Germanic personal names beginning with wil ‘will’, ‘desire’.

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