Origin : English from German

resolute protection

The name William is a boy's name of English origin meaning "resolute protection". William has been among the most enduring of classics. It's among the most popular boys' names, as American parents see it as being ideally conservative yet contemporary, and hands-down the most popular baby name beginning with W of all time. For 400 years, William has been second only to John as the most popular name in the English-speaking world. And now of course, it's also a newsy name -- thanks to Britain's high-profile Prince William. In terms of short forms, yesterday's Bills and Billys have given way to today's Wills -- or Williams, with no diminutive -- though a few hip Billys, including Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton's, have surfaced recently. But Will, sometimes used on its own, is still the most stylish William nickname. Riding the William bandwagon are the Irish spinoff Liam (now in second place) and, to a lesser extent, the Dutch Willem. The name was introduced to England by William the Conqueror, and has long reigned as a royal name in the U.K. There are tons of worthy namesakes called William, including William Shakespeare, Bill Gates and four U.S. presidents.

Popularity of name William over time

There are 4133327 people in the U.S. with the first name William, this name was mostly popular in 1947 with popularity 66989 .

William is used for both genders.

99.61 percent of people with the first name William are man

0.39 percent of people with the first name William are woman

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Most Famous People Named William

character on TV's 'Glee'
Kings of Sicily
Prince of Orange
King of the Netherlands
character on TV's 'True Blood'
character on TV's Chicago Med.
King of Scots
King of the United Kingdom
King of Great Britain and Ireland
character on TV's 'Star Trek: the Next Generation'
character from the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare
character on American soap As The World Turns
villain in Five Nights at Freddy's games and book
King of England
main character on TV's "Sherlock"
character in the Harry Potter series
character on TV's 'Will & Grace'
Prince of Orange
King of the Netherlands
main character in the Just William series by Richmal Crompton
first Norman King of England
character on TV's "The Vampire Diaries"
King of the Netherlands
Princes of Orange

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Names Created Using the Letters in William