It got the name of Villivakkam from the story that Sage Agasthya planted a "Vilvam" plant, which has got medicinal and spiritual healing power and hence the name. The Shiva temple in Villivakkam has a very old Vilvam tree which the priests consider sacred and use its leaves for the daily puja.
Maharaja Raja Shri Jankiram Reddiar Avargal was a well known Zamindar and philanthropist in the region. He was the custodian of this area under the British.The first electricity connection in the region post independence was given to his residence. He was instrumental in the development of Villivakkam.
Villivakkam is a residential area and is well connected with a bus terminus which is located off Konnur High Road. It is also connected with the Jawaharlal Nehru Road and Konnur High Road. There is a Villivakkam Subway which started operation in 2012. It also has the connectivity with the suburban railway station between the Central and the junction of Arakonam.
Some of the schools in this area are Aerokids Play School, AppleTree Play Centre, Singaram Pillai MHSS, ICF H.S. School, St.Johns Matriculation Higher Secondary School, The Singaram Pillai Boys Higher Secondary School, I.C.F. Silver Jubilee MHSS, Sri Kanaka Durga Telugu HSS, Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sri.V.Batcha Reddy High School and many more.