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Willing Name Meaning

German: patronymic from Wille . German: habitational name from any of several places in Bavaria named Willing or places in Hesse and near Soltau named Willingen. English: habitational name from Willing in Rattery (Devon). The placename appears to derive from Old English willen weak plural form of willa wella ‘well spring stream’. English: perhaps a nickname from Middle English willing ‘willing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Pilling, Welling, Gilling, Wilding, Billing, Helling, Willig, Illing

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Where is the Willing family from?

You can see how Willing families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Willing family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Willing families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 163 Willing families living in London. This was about 27% of all the recorded Willing's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Willing families in 1891.
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What did your Willing ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Willing. 19% of Willing men worked as a Bricklayer and 77% of Willing women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Willing were Tool Maker and Domestic Duties Unpaid. .

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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 1939

  • Bricklayer
    19%
  • General Labourer
    19%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Tool Maker
    13%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    77%
  • Domestic Duties
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Domestic Duties Unpaid
    3%
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What is the average Willing lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Willing life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Willing in 1945 was 55, and 79 in 2004.

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