Last 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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