Am I the only male here?
Haha I really like my name though. It's simple but uncommon.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2020
My name is Willa Jean and I’m past 70. I was in my 30s before I met another Willa, when I was a photographer shooting portraits of a family with a 3-year-old named Willa Jean. She was so excited to meet someone with her name.

As a child and a voracious reader, I had read all of Willa Cather’s literary works, thrilled that such a gifted writer shared my name. However, I was named by and for my father, Willard. I went through childhood not liking my name because I didn’t like my Dad (he was a drinker and abusive whether drinking or not), and because no one could get it right back then. I was always being called Wilma or Wilda.

That said, once I reached my teens, I appreciated my name and wore it proudly. I was glad not to have a common name with five others in a classroom, and I had come to realize it was a pretty name that didn’t have to refer me back to my Dad. People magically stopped mistaking me for a Wilma or a Wilda. I love being Willa, and it is delightful to read all the favorable comments about the name. I’m glad little baby girls are being christened Willa.
WillaJean  6/1/2020
This name is starting to grow on me a lot! My name is Whitney, which I am not a huge fan of. I've been looking for nicknames to use instead of my real name and this just might work for me! My dad passed away when I was young, and his name was William. I think taking Willa as a nickname would be a nice way to honor his memory.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2019
Willa Cather, (American author), was born Wilella, so in her case, Willa is a diminutive.
Emma2323  7/28/2019
Stunning name that suits all ages.
― Anonymous User  12/17/2018
Such a beautiful sounding name. It sounds light and airy yet also strong and confident. Very much down to earth. This name belongs to someone who is gracious, kind and has great fortitude. Great name.
― Anonymous User  11/7/2018
I really like this name. It sounds wistful and earthy. I always think of the great American author Willa Cather. A girl would be lucky to have this name.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2018
So old fashioned.
kayisforkeen  8/19/2018
Lovely, cute name. Willa Cather is one of my favorite authors; she is a great namesake. This name is known but not common, which is nice.
lilypad12  6/28/2018
Willa Jean Kemp is Howie's little sister in the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary.
That70sShowGeek  6/28/2018
My granddaughter, just born yesterday, has been named Willa Jean. Thanks for all your comments. I love the name!
Burley8  3/9/2018
My name is Willa and I was born in 1976 (41 as of this post). I love having a unique name and get a lot of compliments on it being a cool name. My father’s name was William which is why my parents chose Willa for me. My middle name is Jean so some call me Willa Jean (very southern, I know). I have met only 2 other Willa’s in my life so far: one was a friend's mother and the other was a customer I helped once. Her name was “Dethwilla” and I was like, “Wow, cool. Me, only morbid.” Haha! I like the name so much I have been hinting to my three children that I’d be honored to have a grandchild named after me. I also coined a new version of Willa that I think is regal, “Willabea” or “Willoughby” so it doesn’t look weird when people try to pronounce it. Great name, “Willa”. Keep it alive!
WillaMightKnow  1/24/2018
I prefer Willa to names like Wilhelmina, it is just simple yet not nasty or pretentious and easy to spell. Plus there's no need for a nickname, like Liam.
― Anonymous User  9/15/2017
My name is Willamina, and I usually go by Willa. I love how special this name is, I have had quite a few comments on my name for my seventeen years of life, I think everyone has a special name, but I'm proud of my name, it's extremely different but beautiful.
― Anonymous User  5/21/2017
I love the name Willa. It's uncommon, yet very pretty, and is a nice alternative to the name Willow. Though sometimes used as a nickname for Wilhelmina, I prefer Willa on its own. The author Willa Cather is a famous bearer of this name.
1836732  6/9/2016
Willa's Wild Life, a kids TV show.
Eileen1209864  5/12/2016
My daughter was born December '15 & is named Willa. It is a beautiful feminine name and it gets lots of lovely comments. She is currently 4 months old & I can't wait for her to grow up with such a pretty name.
― Anonymous User  3/25/2016
Brilliant. Just brilliant.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2016
I named my little girl Willa because I thought it was unique and beautiful. She gets lots of compliments on her name and it fits her so well. I love that there are not too many Willa's around!
― Anonymous User  3/21/2016
My hubby and I just found out that I'm pregnant (yay!) a few weeks ago and we have already started calling baby by this name, even though we are keeping the gender a surprise. We have always loved this name and we will probably choose it if we have a girl.
― Anonymous User  12/24/2015
I wanted a unique name so I named my baby Willa because it's so beautiful and different.
dixiemom2015  12/1/2015
I named my daughter, Willa. It fits her perfectly. She is strong, and yet delicate and ethereal like a Willow tree. I love that her name is simple and unique. To me, it's a beautiful name for a beautiful girl.
Bluepoppy6  11/11/2015
Willa is such a beautiful, cute, unique name! This name is awesome! :D The name Willa deserves more love. ♥.
― Anonymous User  5/27/2015
This name is a gem! I like that it's a feminine form of William. For me it could honor my Great Grandmother whose middle name is Velma, also a form of William. Strong gorgeous and ages well. I hope to see more Willa's running around.
LV51sfan91  4/5/2015
My name is Willa, I was born in 1989 so I'm 26. I get tons and tons of compliments from the older generations impressed that such an old name has come and that they have met a younger person with the name Willa. From my generation and my parents generation I'm constantly asked to repeat it, or correcting people who have called me "Willow". Overall I love my name, to me it's normal but rare, and I've never thought it wasn't aging well since it is such an old and classic name.
― Anonymous User  3/29/2015
This name has suddenly jumped to the US top 1000 in 2010. In 2013, it rose to number 691, according to the Social Security Administration baby name database.

I suspect that this sudden rise in popularity has to do with the popularity of Willow and parents wanting short, pronounceable names that are also uncommon. Well, if Willa continues to rise in popularity, it will eventually no longer be uncommon.
Tiger Lilly  5/13/2014
Willa is a character in the short story of the same name by Stephen King.
thepittsburghgirl  3/20/2013
Cute, old fashioned name, I think it would be really cute for a dog! That's not to say that it wouldn't suit a human, I think it'd be a very refreshing choice for a girl today, it isn't even in the top 1000 anymore. I'd rather meet a girl named Willa than say, Madison, Isabella, or Ava, personally.
Oohvintage  2/26/2013
Sounds really cute theoretically, but in real life I can't imagine it on anyone over the age of like 20.
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
American actress Keri Russell and her husband Shane Deary have a daughter named Willa (born December 27, 2011).
― Anonymous User  1/6/2012
Willa Holland is an American actress.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
Reminds me of willows. I think it's cute.
Chrila96  12/5/2010
Could be mistaken for Willow.
― Anonymous User  10/9/2010
I think the name Willa is simple and feminine. I like the names Willa Rose and Willa Marie.
IrishKisses  9/11/2010
There's an American painter with quite a pretty blended form of this name - Willamarie Huelskamp.
Just Jonquil  2/9/2010
This reminds me of wool and because of that warmness and home. I also think about houses, but for a different reason.
― Anonymous User  1/26/2010
Willa Ford is a singer, actress, and model. Her real name is Amanda Williford; she gets her stage name from her surname.
bananarama  8/5/2009
My name is Willa-rose, and I really love it. The name Willa is not even on the top 1000 girls name of 2007 -- or a few other years before that-- so I feel so original. It is pretty and feminine but not too precious sounding. Only, nicknames are a bit scarce. Billie is a nickname that no one really thinks of though, and is still nice! Overall I am glad I was named this and would not change it at all.
willarose93  10/9/2008
I don't find this name particularly pretty, and even though the name is only two syllables long, it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue. In my case, when I pronounce this, my tongue often makes some nasty wet sound. Well, this is still better than Billie.
slight night shiver  5/13/2008
What I love about Willa is that it is simple but beautiful, much nicer than any other W name. Willa is one of my favorite names, primarily because I plan on using it to honor someone. Simply, if my first child is a girl, it will be her name.
popular1  6/20/2007
Willa Holland plays Kaitlyn Cooper on the television show, The OC.
october_bay  1/23/2007
Willa means "will" and "desire" in Old English.
Beornhild  12/12/2006
This name is similar in sound to the name Willow. Willa in my opinion, is a more elegant alternative.
Kitten  9/20/2006
I think Willa is a beautiful name. I want to name my kid this.
olivia717  6/19/2006
Meryl Streep has a daughter named Mary Willa.
websurfer  5/28/2006
Willa Cather was an American author who wrote 'My Ántonia' and other novels about life on the US prairies.
rainmaker  11/7/2005

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