William: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name William

William

Pronunciation: WIL-yəm (key)

Origin of the name William:

From the Old Norman French Willaume, which is derived from the Old High German Willehelm, a compound name composed from the elements willeo (will, determination) and helm (protection, helmet): hence, "resolute protector." William is the most popular name introduced to England by the Normans. It was borne by William the Conqueror (1027? - 87), who invaded England and defeated Harald at the Battle of Hastings, and by three other kings of England.

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Comments and insights on the name William: | Edit

Name Number: 7
Meaning: Thought/consciousness; spirit

I'm pregnant with my second child, a boy, and he might be a William. I especially like the nickname Will.

Personal experiences with the name William: | Edit

We named our 2nd child William when he was born 14 years ago - and we call him Will. Still love it. Funny thing though, when he was in 1st grade he changed his name to "Billy" because he was tired of being last on the list at school.

We named our son William, and call him Liam for short. Liam really suits him, it just feels right when you see him - could be the red hair and green eyes, lol... We weren't to fond of Will or Bill, but if he decides to change his nickname, or what he goes by as he grows up, he has plenty of options! looking forward to finding the perfect name for our second child, who we are now expecting :)

Nicknames for William: | Edit

Bill, Billy, Will, Willie, Willy, Wills, Willis, Liam

Meanings and history of the name William: | Edit

The name translates into War Helmet, I believe.

Famous real-life people named William: | Edit

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
William Henry Harrison, 9th president of the USA
William McKinley, 25th President of the USA
William Howard Taft, 27th President of the USA
Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the USA
William Faulkner, writer
Billy Corgan Musician "The Smashing Pumpkins"
William Bradley "Brad" Pitt, actor
Bill Gates, businessman
Bill Paxton, actor
William H. Macy, actor
William Hurt, actor
William Shatner, actor who flirts with Misha Collins
Will Ferrell, comedian
William G. Morgan, inventor of volleyball
William Frawley, actor
Will Smith, rapper and actor
William Shakespeare, play write
Bill Cosby, comedian and actor
Billy Ray Cyrus, actor and country singer
Bill Hader, comedian

William in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Free Willy" (movie)
"Good Will Hunting" (movie)
Mr. Bill from "Saturday Night Live"
William "Bill" Weasley from "Harry Potter"
Willy Wonka
Will Truman of "Will and Grace"
William Tell, legendary archer, and the "William Tell Overture" from Rossini's opera
"William, it Was Really Nothing" by the Smiths
+ William 'Will' Turner from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' trilogy
+ Bill Compton, from Charlaine Harris's series 'The Southern Vampire Mysteries'
Billy Costigan, Leonardo DiCaprio's character in The Departed
Billy Elliot, excellent movie
William the Bloody aka Spike from the TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel
Commander William Ryker (Star Trek: Next Generation)
"(Won't You Come Home) Bill Bailey", JFK's favorite popular song
"Where Have you Gone, Billy Boy, Billy Boy"
Detective William Murdoch, forward thinking central character in the Murdoch Mystery novels/TV series 'Murdoch Mysteries'
Bill the Frog from "Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll
William Cutting AKA Bill the Butcher from Gangs of New York (Film/Book)
Bill the Cat from Bloom County

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