History of your Surname
Get access to Willy family records.Start a free trial

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

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

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 USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 19 Willy families living in Ontario. This was about 36% of all the recorded Willy's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Willy families in 1911.
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 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Willy. 100% of Willy men worked as a Farmer and 100% of Willy women worked as a Student. .

View Census Data for Willy | Data not to scale

*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 1921

  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Student
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Willy family records will you find?

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.

Search Canadian census records for Willy

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 Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Willy immigration records

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.

View all Willy military records

You've only scratched the surface of Willy family history

Discover More

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Willy

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Willy family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial