Professional athletes are the only professionals named “Willie.” I defy you to recall one instance in your professional career when you dealt with someone who went by the name “Willie.” If you want to increase your child’s chance of someday becoming a professional athlete, name him “Willie.”
Well, um, how about this fabulous jazz musician. Or this songwriter and some-time singer. The music world is full of Willies: Willie Dixon. Boxcar Willie. Willie King.
We do need a nickname for Willie Parker, but maybe we should get over the Willie part. How about "Bird"?