Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Willow

Willow is the English vocabulary word for the tree of the same name. The name comes from the Olde English “welig” which would morph into “willow” in modern English. The willow tree is known for its graceful elegance and its pliancy of wood. Willows grow in cold and temperate climates throughout the Northern Hemisphere and often near water. The tree’s branches can bend into unbelievable poses without breaking. In Celtic mythology there is a strong association between the willow tree and the moon/water, and as such connected with the metaphysical and encouragement of intuition and imagination. This bendable tree can withstand harsh environments, symbolizing our flexibility to adjust no matter where we are planted. Naming children after trees, flowers and plants became fashionable in the 19th century among English-speaking nations. Today, the name Willow experiences most of its popularity in Australia where it was ranked 43rd most popular girl’s name in 2012. It's also a Top 100 favorite in England, Scotland and Canada.

All About the Baby Name – Willow

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME WILLOW

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME WILLOW

We were surprised to see Willow only appear on the U.S. naming charts for the first time in 1998. We would have bet our bottom-dollar that Willow would have emerged in the 1960s when hippie children were receiving names of flowers, plants and trees across the nation. Or even at the turn of the 20th century when tree names were all the rage (Hazel, Myrtle and Olive for instance). Nope, Willow has only just come into fashion this century, and only moderately so. Initial influence for the name's usage came from the popular TV show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997-2003) in which actress Alyson Hannigan portrayed a central character named Willow Rosenberg. The name later received some currency after the famous celebrity couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith named their daughter Willow (2000). Then Sarah Palin came into the national public eye (2007) with her unusually-named children, one of which is Willow. This easy, breezy name feels as pliable as the tree itself. It’s gentle yet strong. Delicate yet unbreakable. Familiar yet unusual. Happy yet wistful. Willow, like the tree, does evoke a certain sense of intuition and imagination. It's no wonder this lovely name is showing upwards momentum on the charts.

Quick Facts

ON WILLOW

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

155

PRONUNCIATION:

WILL-o

SIMPLE MEANING:

Flexible, intuitive

Characteristics

OF WILLOW

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Willow

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME WILLOW

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Willow

Popular Songs

ON WILLOW

Willow Weep For Me
a song by Steve Miller

Willow Tree Lullaby
a song by America

Willow Tree
a song by G. Love & Special Sauce

Willow Is a Player
a song by Will Smith

Willow
a song by The Creatures

Weeping Willow
a song by The Verve

Pussy Willow
a song by Jethro Tull

Little Willow
a song by Paul McCartney

Down In The Willow Garden
a song by The Everly Brothers

Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow
a song by Natalie Merchant

Bury Me Beneath The Willow
a song by Woody Guthrie

Bends Like A Willow
a song by Jethro Tull

Famous People

NAMED WILLOW

Willow Smith (actress/singer/fashionista)
Willow Palin (daughter of Sarah Palin)

Children of Famous People

NAMED WILLOW

Will Smith; Pink; Sarah Palin;

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME WILLOW

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Willow