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Willy Family History

Willy Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Willey. English: from a pet form of the personal name Will. Americanized spelling of German Willi.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Dilly, Will, Wally, Lilly, Willey, Wiley, Wills, Wilby, Tilly, Cilley

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Where is the Willy family from?

You can see how Willy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Willy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Willy families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Willy families living in Illinois. This was about 17% of all the recorded Willy's in the USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Willy families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Willy surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Willy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Willy. 25% of Willy men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Willy women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Willy were Carpenter and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    25%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Carpenter
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Waitress
    11%
  • Stenographer
    11%
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Census Records

There are 21,000 census records available for the last name Willy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Willy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Willy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Willy. For the veterans among your Willy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Willy lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Willy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Willy in 1963 was 63, and 81 in 2004.

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