The name Willona first appeared in the U.S. baby name data in 1974:
- 1980: unlisted
- 1979: 12 baby girls named Willona
- 1978: 12 baby girls named Willona
- 1977: 14 baby girls named Willona
- 10 more with the name Wilona (a one-hit wonder)
- 1976: 13 baby girls named Willona
- 1975: 16 baby girls named Willona
- 1974: 15 baby girls named Willona [debut]
- 1973: unlisted
- 1972: unlisted
Because of the sitcom Good Times (1974-1979), which introduced TV audiences to feisty, fashionable Willona Woods (played by Ja’net Dubois).
The main focus of the series was the Evans family: father James, mother Florida, and three kids J.J., Thelma and Michael.
But scene-stealing Willona, a divorcée, lived across the hall from the Evans clan and regularly popped in for visits (video).
In a later season, Willona adopted an abused child named Penny (played by future superstar Janet Jackson).
The name Willona remained in the SSA data through the show’s six-season run.
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