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Wilhelm name meaning

First Name
2k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
20k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wilhelm mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Wilhelm

User Submitted Origins

German
80%
Dutch
10%
African Dutch (Afrikaans)
10%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from New Mexico, U.S. says the name Wilhelm means "'determined protector'. It can also mean 'faithful defender'. 'Helm' can roughly be translated to 'helmet', which is the defend/protect part. 'Wil' is 'Will', to show a choice of determination or power over one's self or the process of attaining a desire. William derives from this name" and is of German origin.
  2. A user from Ohio, U.S. says the name Wilhelm is of German origin and means "In German Helm means Helmet in English. In German Will means wants (wollen). So, Wilhelm means Wants Helmet".
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Wiktionary

Borrowed from German Wilhelm.

  1. A surname​.

Wilhelm was also found in the following language(s): German and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Wilhelm

Notable Persons Named Wilhelm

Wilhelm II

Wilhelm II was royalty. He holds the title An das deutsche Volk. His career lasted from 1888 to 1918. Wilhelm was born as the child of Frederick III, German Emperor, Victoria, and Princess Royal on January 27th, 1859 in Crown Prince's Palace, Berlin, Prussia. He died on June 4th, 1941.

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Wilhelm Keitel

Wilhelm Keitel is a military person. His military service ended in 1945.

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Wilhelm I

Wilhelm I was royalty. His career lasted from 1861 to 1888. Wilhelm was born as the child of Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz on March 22nd, 1797 in Berlin. He breathed his last breath on March 9th, 1888.

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Wilhelm Röntgen

Wilhelm Röntgen was a scientist in the fields of physics and x-ray astronomy. Wilhelm was given the name Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen on March 27th, 1845 in Remscheid. He died on February 10th, 1923.

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Wilhelm Reich

Wilhelm was born on March 24th, 1897 in Dobrianychi. He passed away on November 3rd, 1957.

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William Wyler

William Wyler was a film director and producer. He was most active from 1925 to 1970. William was given the name Wilhelm Weiller on July 1st, 1902 in Mülhausen, Alsace-Lorraine, German Empire. He breathed his last breath on July 27th, 1981.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilhelm

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilhelm

Wilhelm

Wilhelm was royalty. He holds the title German Crown Prince and Crown Prince of Prussia. His most notable accomplishments were from 1941 to 1941. Wilhelm was born as the child of Wilhelm II, German Emperor, and Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein on May 6th, 1882 in Marmorpalais. He passed away on July 20th, 1951.

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Prince Franz Wilhelm

He holds the title Prince of Prussia and prev. Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia. Prince was born as the child of Prince Karl Franz of Prussia and Princess Henriette of Schönaich-Carolath on September 3rd, 1943.

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Prince August Wilhelm

Prince August Wilhelm was royalty. He holds the title Prince August Wilhelm of Prussia. Prince was born as the child of Wilhelm II, German Emperor, and Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein on January 29th, 1887 in Potsdam. He died on March 25th, 1949.

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Friedrich Wilhelm

Friedrich Wilhelm was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1816 to 1831. Friedrich was born as the child of Friedrich Karl Ludwig, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck, and Countess Friederike of Schlieben on January 4th, 1785 in Lindenau near Königsberg, Prussia. He passed away on February 17th, 1831.

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Hoyt Wilhelm

Hoyt Wilhelm was a baseball player. Hoyt was born on July 26th, 1922 in Huntersville, North Carolina. He died on August 23rd, 2002.

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Bruce Wilhelm

Bruce Wilhelm is a strongman (strength athlete), olympic weightlifting, shot put, and strongman. Bruce was born on July 13th, 1945 in Sunnyvale, California.

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  • Friedrich Wilhelm
  • Prince Wilhelm
    Royalty
  • Wilhelm
  • Archduke Wilhelm
  • Richard Wilhelm
    Scientist
  • Johann Wilhelm
  • Sandy Vee
    Songwriter
  • Prince Nikolaus Wilhelm
  • Matt Wilhelm
    Athlete
  • Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg Johann Wilhelm
    Noble
  • Duke Ludwig Wilhelm
  • Charles E. Wilhelm
    United States Army War College
  • Duke Paul Wilhelm
  • Carl Friedrich Wilhelm

Common last names for Wilhelm

  • Schmidt
  • Johnson
  • Mueller
  • Hansen
  • Anderson
  • Nelson
  • Jensen
  • Fischer
  • Olson
  • Schultz
  • Schroeder

Common first names for Wilhelm

  • John
  • Mary
  • George
  • Charles
  • Robert
  • William
  • Joseph
  • James
  • Frank
  • Margaret
  • Anna
  • Helen
  • Edward
  • Walter
  • Richard
  • Harry
  • Ruth
  • Paul
  • Carl

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wilhelm U.S.
  White 94.64% 64.26%
  African American 0.31% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.77% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.28% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wilhelm

People with the last name Wilhelm are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Wilhelm

  • How Popular is the name Wilhelm? Wilhelm is the 7,852nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Wilhelm was the 1,802nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wilhelm have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,673 babies born with the first name Wilhelm in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wilhelm to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wilhelm? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Wilhelm first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wilhelm is Saturday, August 22nd, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Wilhelm born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wilhelm was in 2014 with a total of 38 babies.
  • Random Wilhelm Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wilhelm is not a popular baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Minnesota have the same name in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Wilhelm: The name spelled backwards is Mlehliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lielwhm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wilhelm? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 19,913 people with the last name Wilhelm.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wilhelm? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Wilhelm as their last name.
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