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Origins of the Willis surname

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About the Willises

We have a total number of 192919 records for people with the last name Willis.

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Alternative variations of the name Willis

Willis, Wills, Willes, Wilis, Wils

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Where do most Willises live?

In 1921, most Willises lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Willises

How common is your surname?

228th most common surname in the UK

We have 166,000 records for the Willis surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Willises most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Joneses

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Willises.

What are the most common Willis first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Willis family members

Common jobs for Willises

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Willises in 1921
Dressmaker

677

Laundress

545

Domestic Servant

420

General Servant Domestic

410

Living On Own Means

340

Common Male occupations for Willises in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,016

General Labourer

678

Coal Miner

505

Farm Labourer

456

Carpenter

395

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