Billie Name Meaning & Origin

Billie

Pronunciation: BIL-lee (key)

Origin of the name Billie:

Feminine form of Billy, a pet form of William (resolute protector).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Hi, I'm called Billie. I'm fourteen years old and kids these days are rather cruel, i get teased constantly teased about having a boys name. I actually really like my name and i think its more feminine than it's cracked up to be.

Hey! I have a similar story to the above. I'm 14 and as a younger child I was very VERY feminine/girly. I loved the name Gabriela and all the girly names like that. So it was so ironic to have an original boys name. As a child I would go to playgrounds/preschool etc and make friends. I would constantly hear "Billie? Isn't that a boys name?" OR "haha your parents must've wanted a boy" which REALLY annoyed me, being a massive girly girl. It got to the point where I'd tell people my name was "gabriela", "chloe","rebecca","jennifer","ariana",and even once, "sharpay"

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I was given the name Billie in the year 1950 in Boston, Massachusetts. In the 1950's, all the other girls had names like Jane, Judy, Mary, Nancy, and Susan. So I got teased a lot about my name: "That's a BOY'S name," "Your parents wanted a BOY but they got you instead," ha-ha-ha. I learned how to deal with that, but then I started junior high school. On the first day of school, I was given a printed schedule of classes, and was horrified to discover that I had been assigned to the BOYS' gym class! Worse than that, when the Math teacher called the roll, she called out "William Goldstein." When I replied, in a timid voice, "It's Billie," she thundered without looking up from the roll, "We do not allow NICK NAMES in this school."

Later, I learned that Billie was not an uncommon name for girls in the South, and that my parents got the idea when my father was stationed in Texas during WWII and they met female with that name in the military. Eventually, I started appreciating having a name that's a little different. I suspect that a girl named Billie in this decade wouldn't suffer the stigma I did, because kids seem much more willing to accept different names. Am I right?? I'd love to hear from other Billies. I'd also love to hear from anyone who has a mother, or grandmother, who is named Billie and was stationed in Texas around 1942.

Teachers wouldn't mistake Billie for a boy's name if it was paired with Jo or jean and the person used both names together.

Hi I was born in 1978 with the name Billie Juanita. My nickname was BJ. From the beginning of my school year's I was teased from elementary to high school. The older I got the worse it was. From BJ and the Bear, Beatle Juice to I'm sure you can guess the next one for high school. People ask me what my name is I tell them and they say is is short for something. Now that I'm in my late 30s it's nice to have a different name. So my advice is if you name your daughter Billie please don't put a J name for a middle name. They will be teased.

Yes, BJ stands for blowjob.

Nicknames for Billie: | Edit

Bil, Bill, Billz, Lee, Illie

Meanings and history of the name Billie: | Edit

Can be given as a name on its own, as a feminine version of the male name Billy, or as a nickname for Wilhelmina, Willow or Willa.

Famous real-life people named Billie: | Edit

Billie Dawn Webb, YouTuber
Billie Burke, American actress, played "Glinda" in the Wizard of Oz (stage name)(1884-1970)
Billie Dove, American actress, silent movies (stage name)(1903-1997)
Billie Holiday, American jazz singer (stage name)(1915-1959)
Billie Jean King, American tennis player (1943-)
Billie Piper, English singer and actress (stage name)(1982-)
Evelyn "Billie" Frechette, known for her personal relationship with the bank robber John Dillinger in the early 1930s (1907-1969)
Billie Eilish (b. 2001), electropop singer, daughter of actress Maggie Baird, and sister of Finneas O’Connell
Billie Grace Suplee (b. 2007), daughter of American film and television actor Ethan Suplee
Billie Beatrice Dane (b. 2010), daughter of American fashion model and television and film actress Rebecca Gayheart and American actor Eric Dane

Billie in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson (released 1982)

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