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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Willis, Thomas Willisnoun

    English physician who was a pioneer in the study of the brain (1621-1675)


  1. Willisnoun

    from the name Will.

  2. Willisnoun

    transferred from the surname.


  1. willis

    Willis is most commonly recognized as a personal male given name, often a variant of the name William. It can also be a surname. The name has Germanic origins, generally meaning "resolute protector." It may also refer to several places in the United States, a character in a TV show, or even a tower in Chicago previously known as the Willis Tower.


  1. Willis

    Willis is the third album by the ska/soul band The Pietasters. It was released in 1997 This album was released during the mid- to late-1990s ska explosion, and reached 44 on the Heatseekers chart, a record for the Pietasters.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Willis is ranked #230 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Willis surname appeared 130,152 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 44 would have the surname Willis.

    62.2% or 80,981 total occurrences were White.
    31% or 40,438 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 3,319 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.3% or 3,007 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 1,731 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 664 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Willis in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Willis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Willis in a Sentence

  1. Elayne Willis:

    Cedric Willis gave me so much joy, and I'm just going to miss Cedric Willis.

  2. Bonnie Bedelia:

    You bet it was [ Bruce Willis first big film ], it was kind of like a big thing when Bruce Willis got this because Bruce Willis was just on ‘ Moonlighting. ’ This was Bruce Willis first movie, and Bruce Willis was the star of a huge blockbuster and it was very well advertised that Bruce Willis was making $ 5 million, which at the time was unbelievable. And everybody was like, ‘ Why would you pay $ 5 million to an untried movie star ? ’ But boy, someone was really smart.

  3. Emily Maw:

    Cedric Willis was very shy and very wary, cedric Willis'd come to the point where Cedric Willis didn't really trust or believe anyone remembered that Cedric Willis was there except Cedric Willis mom and Cedric Willis family.

  4. Emily Maw:

    Cedric Willis was a very low-key guy dealing with an awful lot : the unimaginable wrong and pain Cedric Willis suffered and the difficulty of being a black man in Jackson, Mississippi.

  5. Demi Moore:

    That originally was a Bruce Willis choice, not to put it off on Bruce Willis.

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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    • A. affront
    • B. abase
    • C. transpire
    • D. elate

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