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Will (M)>

Will (male)

Diminutive for:William (M)
Derivative(s):Bill (M)
Feminine form:Willina (F)
Source(s): FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English pet name for William from Old German "helmet of resolution" or "helmet of desire".

Will appears very often in the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire as the name of record. Its use as a formal given name is not recorded in the sources but it appears to be adopted as the only name of record for some people.  It is used as a given name on occasion.

Bill was a 19th century derivation from Will.