Willis (surname)

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Willis, originating from the name de Welles, derived from the Norman name de Vallibus, which in turn was derived from the Vaux family tree. is a surname, of French and English origin meaning (Keepers of the Well). Variations of the surname include, Welles, Wells, Wyllys, Baker, derived from fact that the de Welles presented bread to the King of England as a gift for the lands and power they were presented with, and Rayne, being converted from Robert de Welles establishing Rayne Hall in 1145 AD. Notable persons with that surname include:

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  • Larry Willis (born 1942), American jazz pianist
  • Leo Willis (1890–1952), American actor
  • Linda Willis (born 1949), witness during the assassination of President Kennedy

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  • Vic Willis (1875–1947), American Major League baseball player
  • Victor Willis (born 1951), American singer/songwriter

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Alphonso Maurice Willis (1952) U.S. Marine, real estate broker and educator.