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Judging from the steady increase in popularity, there is a direct relation to the character from tv's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as 1998 was the 2nd season and the show really took off. Personally, I think WILLOW is a very earthy, peaceful name and just so happens to be my favorite female character on the show; even over Buffy herself.
clowder8  4/11/2005
This is such a beautiful, gentle-sounding and feminine nature name. I never watch Buffy but I'm glad the show brought this name to my attention!
tmarie  11/25/2005
Before the girl on Buffy, Willow was a movie from 1987 about a dwarf who goes on a magical adventure. Although the chacter Willow was male, I personally thought it would be an excellent name for a girl. I now have a daughter named Willow.
bazryn  12/3/2005
I love this name. I'm writing a story and one of the character's names is Willow.
KatrinaLee  3/31/2006
Willow is such a soft, delicate, gentle name. I know it is one of my mum's favorite names, it has really grown on me too.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
My name is Willow and I find it very amusing to see how it was rated and what impresion people had of it.
ablackicekiss  5/27/2006
"Willow" could have a nameday on Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday (the Sunday before Easter) is the day of flowers and willows (the names of the other trees also have a nameday).
iva_toneva  6/16/2006
Willow Camille Reign is the daughter of rapper/actor Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
beth16  8/14/2006
Absolutely beautiful, gentle, soft, wise. I shall be using this name. Anyone remember Grandmother Willow?
Nobody  9/1/2006
This is such a gentle and beautiful name for a girl. Very pretty.
childdoll  9/12/2006
The only Willow I have ever known was a terrible person. She was president of the key club at my highschool and used that to steal from Charity organizations. And she lied all the time. Every time I hear this name I think of her and that sucks.
stuckonstupid  10/13/2006
I think Buffy effectively ruined this name for me.
― Anonymous User  11/10/2006
I absolutely love this name. It is my favorite girls name, and if I ever have a girl, I will name her Willow. I knew a boy named Willow, and, though I love the name, it seems like a girls name to me. But it is without a doubt my all-time favorite girls name. It's just so beautiful!
harry_sent_me  12/12/2006
I don't like this name, it reminds me of the movie called Willow and I disliked that movie.
― Anonymous User  2/19/2007
I am also writing a story where the main character is named Willow. I picked the name for it's beauty, and darkness. However since I've already used the name for a story I doubt I'll ever use it if I ever have a daughter.
Heironymus  3/8/2007
This is the name of the doe in Firebringer.
Heironymus  3/8/2007
The Willow symbolizes the female and rhythms of the circle. This tree was sacred to the Moon and, in Celtic lore, the Universe was hatched from two crimson serpent eggs (which contained the Sun and the Earth) hidden among the boughs of the Willow. Hens' eggs were later substituted for those of the serpent and symbolically eaten as part of the Beltane feasting. This ritual was eventually transferred to the celebration of Easter in the Christian calendar with the eggs becoming Easter eggs. Staves cut from this tree were often used for fencing, roofing house and lunar wands. Along with Sandalwood, Willow bark aided in the conjuring of spirits forth from the Otherword. It was also said to help soothe those who felt bitter or jealous and proved to be an effective medicine in the cure of worms and dysentery. Both Willow bark (containing Salicin) and the Primrose (the plant associated with the Willow) were once used as analgesics, particularly in the treatment of arthritic diseases. Pregnant women would lay cloths beneath the tree in order to catch the leaves, which were believed to assure an easy birthing process. Always known as a "tree of enchantment," the Willow is reported to have bestowed the mystic gift of eloquence upon Orpheus when he visited the sacred grove of Persephone at the Temple of Delphi in Greece. The Celts associated the Willow with poets and young suitors would commonly wear a sprig of Willow to acknowledge the power and status of the old "wise one" (the Cailleach of Celtic myth who was the Crone aspect of the triple goddess and to whom this tree was sacred). The words "Witchcraft" and "Wicca" are both derived from the word "Willow." The Willow was also host to the sacred Mistletoe of the Druids, which was often more commonly found growing on the Willow and the Poplar than it was on even the mighty Oak. This tree was once referred to as "Witches Aspirin," probably not only for its reputation in resolving dilemmas, but also for its headache-relieving properties. In the past, some cultures have been known to "Wear the Green Willow" in order that others might be aware they were going through a period of mourning and Druidical sacrifices were customarily offered in Willow-wicker baskets. It was once said that if someone felt an overwhelming need to confess, the secret could be shared with a Willow and be forever trapped. Its wood was often used for planing and lining burial graves due to its associated symbolism with death and protection.

Nobody  6/23/2007
Willow is one of the main characters in the Fantasy series Magic Kingdom of Landover by Terry Brooks. She can change into a Willow tree (I think she was a dryad), hence the name.
harry_sent_me  9/7/2007
I love the name Willow, it's so nice, and gentle. But when I think of the name, I think tree.
xNicolex  1/23/2008
Before you name your child this, I'd also like to mention that the willow tree is also traditionally associated with sorrow and mourning. A bit of a heavy thing to bestow on a child as her first name, although it works well as a middle name or as a character in a story, especially one of those old, wise mentors who gives her life for the protagonist (think female Gandalf). Although I might be channeling Grandmother Willow (who actually was a Willow tree) in the Disney movie Pocahontas for the last part. :)
Lady Seashell  2/21/2008
For some strange reason, I have difficulty pronouncing this name. My tongue always makes this weird sound that resembles some type of a combo of air and saliva. So, the sound isn't necessarily that pleasant in everyone's pronunciation, and the name does end in the 'oh' sound, which sounds better in masculine names.
slight night shiver  5/13/2008
When I hear this name, I think of someone who is kind, gentle, won't give up, and is like a leader to her friends. I love this name. I mean I absolutely love this name.
missBridget  8/1/2008
Looks like I am the minority, but I HATE this name. To me, it seems cheesy and immature and has an ugly sound to it when spoken aloud. Plus, I can't imagine the name Willow fitting someone well into adulthood. It also seems like a hippie name.
― Anonymous User  8/30/2008
This is such a beautiful name for a girl, I never would have considered it a few years ago but it is now on the top of my list if I ever have another girl. The more I say it, the more I love it. :-)
hayleyskye  9/9/2008
God I hate this name. I really don't understand why everybody likes it.
― Anonymous User  9/13/2008
Republican John McCain's running mate and the governor of Alaska Sarah Palin's 14-year-old daughter's name is Willow.
Patricia Underwood  9/24/2008
This is the name of the main character of V. C. Andrews' de Beers family series, Willow de Beers. She was named after her father's psychiatry clinic, the Willows.
MeinGott  10/6/2008
Grandmother Willow from Disney's Pocahontas was a bit creepy, but it is both a sweet, gentle name as well as a bit sad. I do like this name, it would be a good name for a character like a grandmother or an old, wise woman with strength and courage and is highly respected. Though as far as naming a child this, even for a book, would be a very interesting. I just can't see a child with this name, as pretty as it is.
_0TophasNails_1  11/17/2008
I really adore this name - it has a graceful, almost ethereal, beauty about it and in my mind I associate it with the title of my favorite childhood book - The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham.
― Anonymous User  11/20/2008
I like this name, including all of its connotations. It sounds magical and earthy. I wish the Buffy connection didn't exist because it makes me less likely to name a baby girl this.
faye  3/21/2009
I am in love with this name! It's extremely beautiful, dark without being too morbid or dramatic, and suitable for both a child and an elderly woman in my opinion. If I ever had a baby girl, I would name her this.
CanadianChibi  5/3/2009
There is a male Saint Wyllow, where the name is likely a form of an archaic Welsh name such as Gwoedloew or Gwynllyw.
― Anonymous User  5/29/2009
This name is SOOO cute! I love it!
--allison--  8/9/2009
It's a great name for a smart and cute girl! It sounds so dark and strong and sensual and mysterious. Damn gorgeous!
Ravynne  8/18/2009
Willow is a beautiful name, and great as a middle name.
-Julia-  8/24/2009
Too close to the word pillow but other than that a really beautiful name.
Immi  11/11/2009
My biggest problem with this name is that I can't picture it on any person younger than ten or older than forty.
IYV  7/8/2010
I've loved this name since I was a little kid, as I was a big fan of the movie "Willow" (mentioned in earlier comments). Even though it was used for a male character in the movie, one of my friends' mother's name was Willow, so I knew it could also be used for women. And then, of course, there's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", which brought the name to many more people's attention (and got the name in the top 1000 Baby Names in America).
Whenever I hear this name, I think of a rather tall, graceful, slender ("willowy") dancer. But I can also picture this name on a little girl--it then takes on a playful quality--and an old woman, where the "wise" trait takes hold. I particularly love the combination Willow Sage, which (for me) definitely ups the wisdom factor.
erb816  7/31/2010
In The Language of Flowers Willow means "Love Forsaken".
Antique_Cherub  8/30/2010
Despite this being a modern name, I actually really like it. It's so graceful.
Chrila96  10/7/2010
I honestly don't get the appeal of Willow. It seems very trendy. Sure, it's a nature name, but it is hardly in the same class as Rose or her more traditional sisters. Plus, it smacks of celebrity.
vomiting  1/19/2011
I adore this name. It's just so wispy and pretty. Also, one of my favorite trees is the weeping willow.

Unfortunately, I'm also an avid Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, so I can't get past the Willow Rosenberg connection. And Will Smith's daughter is named this--and her new song grates on my nerves. Maybe I'll name a cat this. But still, absolutely graceful.
Book_Reader22  1/27/2011
This name is nice, though it's not one of my favorites. I don't care for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I know there's also the association with Willow Smith, but her song has actually become a guilty pleasure of mine, so I don't mind that.
bananarama  5/22/2011
"Willow" is the name of a song by Emilie Autumn.
CanadianChibi  6/24/2011
I do not see why everybody loves it so much. It sounds so sappy and weak, like a hopeless romantic who can't stand up for herself. Not to mention it's very trendy and practically reeks of celebrity.
Black_X  7/28/2011
Having been named Willow a quarter of a century ago I feel obliged to say something about it. The name came to my parents through proximity and a love of the tree than through any kind of Pop-Culture reference. While I did face my fair share of name-teasing at school the benefits of having a name which was uncommon and suited me far outweighed the negatives. Also, most people seem to remember my name far more than others with more common, and might I say over used names.
willow88  8/15/2011
The singer Pink and Casey Hart named their daughter "Willow Sage".
LittleSamGirl  8/18/2011
I love the name Willow. It's fun, fresh and modern. It's increasing in popularity but it's still rare to meet a Willow. I've only known one Willow and she is awesome.
LittleSamGirl  8/18/2011
Ugh this name is such a cliche. No-one will take a 'Willow' seriously, because I mean, they're called WILLOW... who on earth thought that Willow would be a nice name for a kid, it's not even a decent tree. And naming a kid after a tree of any kind is really all kinds of wrong in the first place.
nevercontent  10/23/2011
Any time a celebrity uses a name it's almost immediately stigmatized. Other than that, I actually like the name, for someone else's kid. I prefer stronger names but it does remind me of Weeping Willows which are very beautiful trees.
GibsonGirl  10/28/2011
Willow Bianca Faye is the daughter of American politician Sarah Palin and her husband Todd.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2012
I love the name Willow and its ethereal beauty (and the character Willow Rosenberg on Buffy the Vampire Slayer), however, it's become too common for me to consider using it now. Plus celebrities have used it, which is always a negative in my opinion.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2012
I once knew two sisters named Rowan and Willow. I'm not the biggest fan of the names for sibsets, but I like the laid back feeling of the name. It brings to mind a girl who is easy going, succinct, and active and woman who is to the point, just the facts, with a dry yet witty sense of humor.
Cuss10  2/10/2012
Well this is a pretty name but doesn't anyone worry that people would tease their little girl and call her pussy willow? I'm certain that someone at some point in her life would come up with that.
michelle.ramirez  4/25/2012
Willow Shields (b. 2000 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  4/30/2012
Willow was for a long time in my top 10 but one day I just thought it sounds too much like pillow?! And have been put off ever since. It's a very sweet very pretty name that I'm sure any girl/woman would be proud to have but it's just not for me anymore.
Immi  5/17/2012
As someone who really appreciates the classical, traditional names our world has to offer, I'm not usually fond of the trendy names commonly seen today. However, this is one of the few exceptions. I like it a lot! It's soft while being strong. Unusual while not sounding weird. I like how it sounds on a little girl, an teenager, an adult, and a old woman. I don't know if I would use it for any of my possible future children, but I like the sound of it for a character! It probably isn't the most solid choice, but there are certainly worse names out there today. It's a nice name!
spaz123  7/30/2012
My little sister's name is Willow, and she's tall and lanky like a Willow tree, she has never been teased about her name, she's very proud to have the name because it's not as popular as the "common names".
I love strange names  8/31/2012
I can't hear this without thinking of Willow Smith whipping her hair back and forth.
Buneary  10/21/2012
Normally I hate trendy names, but I like Willow. It sounds nice and laid-back, and it isn't spelled with a bunch of unnecessary vowels.
mrose19  6/26/2013
The name Willow isn't completely modern... It was in rare use dating back to at least the 1900's. Of course it is much more popular now.
― Anonymous User  7/28/2013
Willow is the name of Ebony's best friend in the infamous fanfic My Immortal.
Buneary  8/24/2013
I probably wouldn't name my own child Willow, but it does sound nice. And I like the tree too.
AnastasiaE  8/29/2013
I would like to see Willow used as a boy's name.
GoodNightingale  9/20/2013
I named my golden retriever Willow for a few reasons: 1. Because of the breed's long willowy hair. 2. Because she's more of a red golden so it reminded me of Buffy's Willow 3. Because my other dog's name is River from Joss Whedon's Firefly show so I needed another Joss Whedon character for my second dog. It really suits her. She's very sweet, loving, obedient. A little dopey, but a lot of heart.
― Anonymous User  11/3/2013
Despite being common, not bad.
SEC908  11/9/2013
My name is Willow, and after reading a lot of the comments on here, most of you seem ignorant, or somewhat conservative, I'm fourteen and appreciate my name a lot I hate the fact that idiots like Willow smith are named it. The name Willow is a beautiful strong name and for people who see or hear the name Willow and think of a pillow or celebrity or the tree well you sound stupid, because I bet you if you did any research on this name you'd have respect for it. Willow is a wise name derived from the tree which was magical and full of healing properties, it was used by the pagans in spells and lots of other things, and I have met quite a few people that just are too square and boring for this name, you have to be opinionated, wise, intelligent and respectful, you aren't a Willow if you do not fit in that category. I hope you all see this name isn't just another common name like Jane or Lucy.
Willow99  3/4/2014
@Willow99 I really like your name and I certainly respect it. 'Willow' sounds so lovely and soft & gentle to me. I think Willow trees are visually stunning and in a way, look mystical. The Willow Smith association hasn't wavered me off; I actually plan on naming my future daughter this. It's good to see you appreciate your unique name. ☺.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2014
This would make a great boy's name!
kaceyjustine  4/21/2014
Willow Ufgood, a character in the 1988 American fantasy film called Willow.
― Anonymous User  5/13/2014
I know a guy named William whose family calls him Willow.
ComradeJocasta  10/10/2014
In the Kim Kardashian Game, the main antagonist is named Willow Pape.
caprirus  12/2/2014
I LOVE this name, and I HATE how popular it's become! The reason it was used on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" was because it was unique, and it's lost that uniqueness. (So have Xander, Harmony, Angel, and a number of other names used on that show.)
JustAnotherFangirl  9/1/2015
Wise and gentle, this is an awesome middle name! Personally, I think it makes a better middle name than a first name.:)
Essiefaith  9/8/2015
The only Willow I know is my youngest cat, but she is enough for me to like this name. She is very friendly and very talkative. These make me think any Willow I could meet might be similar: friendly and easy to talk to.

I may sound like a cat freak, but there you are.
Amedee Lupien  10/12/2015
This is a pretty name, but there are lots and lots of kids with this name.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2016
I don't like this name, or really any of the names classified as "modern". Tacky name that certainly wasn't helped by celebrity influences. I can't see it aging well.
YITYNR  5/6/2016
I like this name but probably wouldn't be able to use it. My last name is Wilbur. So yeah, Willow Wilbur would sound horrible. If the father of the child has a last name that was a way more perfect match then I would consider using it. But then again, the only nicknames I can think would be Will (which I wouldn't want my DAUGHTER to be called by a boy's name-even if a nickname only) or Willie\Willy which is not only a boy's name but is vulgar slang. Lolo isn't fantastic by any means.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2016
This name is nice, but I can't decide if I like it enough to use it. It makes me want a nice cup of French vanilla hot chocolate, for some reason... Which isn't a bad thing. I do think it's a funny coincidence that the Willow tree and the primrose plant are associated with each other, because Primrose (A.K.A. Prim) from The Hunger Games was played by Willow Shields in the movies.
― Anonymous User  9/2/2016
My name's Willow, and everyone I meet always comments on my name when I introduce myself. However, no one's ever said my name was 'tacky' or clique, and I've never met anyone with my name before.
― Anonymous User  9/20/2016
I knew a Willow once, and she was quite nice. I adore nature names and I don't mean to sound harsh, but for all expecting parents out there, consider this: Your child comes to school crying one day and from then on is known by the other students as "Weeping Willow".
Rhubarb  11/2/2016
13 boys were given the name Willow in 2015.

I think it's a nice name for a boy.
Lady_Skywalker  11/13/2016
I like Willow for a girl not for a boy. It's lovely and it is like a Willow tree. The only problem is you won't be able to call them anything for short. So I would never call my child this. Simply because if she doesn't like it she will have to put up with it.
Charleyboobear  2/4/2017
My friend's name is Willow, her dad named her that because he is an arborist. I really love the name!
― Anonymous User  4/10/2017
According to behind the name this is more popular than Brittany, wich really surprises me.
Tatumarore  6/24/2017
My eldest cat is called Willow. I managed to sneak the name in past my partner who only realised afterwards that I’d suggested it because I’m a huge Buffy fan and I knew he’d never agree to calling the cat Buffy! She really suits Willow though - she’s also a black cat so I say she’s my witchy cat, as the character is a witch :-)
amanda82  2/23/2018
Willow is a character in the webseries and game Angry Birds Stella. She is a part of Stella's Flock and wears a giant orange and yellow hat to hide her hair. She is skilled in visual arts. Her superpower is turning into a spinning wheel that wreaks havoc on the blocks.
Kitandkat  3/30/2018

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