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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name WILL


Will : 1: English: from the Middle English personal name Will a short form of William. This surname is now commonly found in Scotland in Aberdeenshire Angus and Kincardineshire.2: English: topographic name for someone who lived by a spring or stream from Middle English wel wel(l)e wille in a southwestern dialect form. This surname is found predominantly in the south and southwestern parts of the country. Compare Well 1.3: English: nickname from Middle English iwil wil(l)e ‘agreeable pleasing’.4: German: from a short form of any of various ancient Germanic personal names beginning with wil ‘will desire’.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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