Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from any of various places so
named. Those in Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Warwickshire
are named from an Old English wilig ‘willow’ + Old English
lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’; one in Devon probably has Old
English wīðig ‘willow’ as the first element, while one in
Surrey has Old English wēoh ‘(pre-Christian)
- English: variant spelling of Willy 2.
- English: Isaac Willey is recorded in Boston, MA, in 1640, and went on to be
one of the founders of New London, CT. His descendent Samuel Hopkins
Willey (1821–1914) was one of the founders of the College of
California at Berkeley in 1860.
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