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Willem

First Name
2k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
242
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

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Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Willem

User Submitted Origins

Dutch
61%
African Dutch (Afrikaans)
39%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Willem means "Of Dutch origin 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.'".
  2. A submission from South Africa says the name Willem means "Will helmet, Protector".
  3. A user from California, U.S. says the name Willem is of Dutch origin and means "Resolute protector".
  4. A submission from South Africa says the name Willem means "Gatekeeper, custodian" and is of German origin.
  5. According to a user from Netherlands, the name Willem is of Dutch origin and means "A dutch king in 1800".
  6. According to a user from South Africa, the name Willem is of English origin and means "Man of God".
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Notable Persons Named Willem

Notable Persons Named Willem

Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1980. Willem was born on July 22nd, 1955 in Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.

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Willem de Kooning

Willem de Kooning was an artist in the field of abstract expressionism. Willem was born on April 24th, 1904 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He breathed his last breath on March 19th, 1997.

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Willem Janszoon

Willem Janszoon is a navigator, colonial governor, colony, and navigatorandcolonialgovernor. Willem is also known as Willem Jansz..

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Willem Holleeder

Willem Holleeder is a criminal.

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Willem Barentsz

Willem Barentsz was a navigator. Willem was born in 1550 in Terschelling. He passed away on June 20th, 1597.

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Wim Kok

Wim Kok is a trade union leader, corporate director, nonprofit director, lobbyist, politician, trade union, board of directors, and lobbying. Wim was given the name Willem Kok, Jr. on September 29th, 1938 in Bergambacht.

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  • Willem Einthoven
    Scientist
  • Willem Drees
    Civil Servant
  • Willem Johan Kolff
    Physician
  • Willem de Sitter
    Scientist
  • Wim Duisenberg
    Civil Servant
  • Wim Crouwel
    Artist
  • Willem Arondeus
    Artist
  • Willem van de Velde the Younger
    Artist
  • Waylon
    Musician
  • Willem van Hanegem
    Soccer Player
  • Willem Janszoon Blaeu
    Cartographer
  • Willem Kalf
  • Willem Frederik Hermans
    Physical Geographer
  • Willem Witteveen
    Member of the Senate

Notable Persons With the Last Name Willem

Notable Persons With the Last Name Willem

Christophe Willem

Christophe Willem is a nouvelle chanson and pop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Christophe was given the name Christophe Durier on August 3rd, 1983 in Enghien-les-Bains, France.

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Jean-Pierre Willem

Jean-Pierre was born on May 24th, 1938 in Sedan, Ardennes.

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Willem Doudijns

Willem Doudijns was a in the fields of painting and engraving. Willem was given the name Willem in 1630 in The Hague. He passed away in 1697.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Willem U.S.
  White 88.84% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.74% 16.26%

Of Last Name Willem

People with the last name Willem are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Willem

  • How Popular is the name Willem? Willem is the 6,062nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Willem was the 78,821st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Willem have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,495 babies born with the first name Willem in the United States. That's more than enough people named Willem to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Willem? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Willem first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Willem is Tuesday, February 4th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Willem born? The highest recorded use of the first name Willem was in 2003 with a total of 122 babies.
  • Random Willem Factoid: According to the 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Willem is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name in 2000.
  • Weird things about the name Willem: The name spelled backwards is Melliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Iwmlle. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Willem? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 242 people with the last name Willem.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Willem? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Willem as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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