William name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of William

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Indiana, U.S. says the name William is of German origin and means "Will to protect or helmeted protector, Willhelmet was first recorded as a Geman kings name".
  2. 2 submissions from Australia and the United States agree the name William means "Helmeted protector" and is of German origin.
  3. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name William means "From the German for helmet hence protector".
  4. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name William is of American origin and means "Strong. leader. conqueror".
  5. According to 2 people from Michigan, U.S., the name William is of American / German origin and means "Resolute protector".
  6. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name William is of French origin and means "Strong leader".
  7. According to a user from Tennessee, U.S., the name William is of English origin and means "Protector".
  8. A user from Colorado, U.S. says the name William is of English origin and means "Hero, Protector, Conquerer".
  9. 2 people from North Carolina, U.S. agree the name William is of American origin and means "Strong".
  10. A submission from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name William means "Smart kind respectful strong".
  11. 2 people from the United States and Canada agree the name William is of Irish origin and means "God".
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From Anglo-Norman Willame, from Old High German Willahelm, from Proto-Germanic *Wiljahelmaz, from *wiljô (“will”) + *helmaz (“helmet”). Cognate with German Wilhelm and Latin Gulielmus.

  1. A male given name from the Germanic languages popular since the Norman Conquest.

William was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Danish, French, Hungarian, Norwegian, Swedish, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named William

Notable Persons Named William

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare was a writer. William was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. He passed away on April 23rd, 1616.

William Christopher

William Christopher is an actor. His career lasted from 1965 to 2012. William was born on October 20th, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is a technology advisor of microsoft, co-chair of the bill & melinda gates foundation, ceo of cascade investment, chair of corbis, microsoft, bill & melinda gates foundation, cascade investment, corbis, technology advisor ofmicrosoft, co-chair of thebill & mel. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Bill was given the name William Henry Gates III by his parents William H. Gates, Sr., and Mary Maxwell Gates on October 28th, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton is an actor and director. His ongoing career started in 1975. Bill was given the name William Paxton on May 17th, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is an actor and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Brad was given the name William Bradley Pitt on December 18th, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.

Bill Nye

Bill Nye is a in the field of mechanical engineering. Bill was given the name William Sanford Nye on November 27th, 1955 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Bill is also known as Bill Nye.

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    Football Player
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  • William the Conqueror
  • Billy Joel
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  • William III
  • Bill Cosby
  • William Howard Taft
    Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • William Henry Harrison
    Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Clark Gable
  • Bill Burr
  • William McKinley
    25th President of the United States
  • Bill Maher

Notable Persons With the Last Name William

Notable Persons With the Last Name William

Prince William

Prince William is royalty. He holds the title Duke of Cambridge([[#Titles, styles, and Duke of Cambridge. Prince was born as the child of Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, and Princess of Wales on June 21st, 1982 in St Mary's Hospital, London.

Willy William

Willy William is a dance, mix, and dance music disc jockey, record producer, singing, and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Willy was born in Jamaica.

Frederick William

Frederick William was royalty. He was most active from 1640 to 1688. Frederick was born as the child of George William, Elector of Brandenburg, and Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate (1597–1660) on February 16th, 1620 in City Palace, Berlin. He breathed his last breath on April 29th, 1688.

Warren William

Warren William was an actor. He was most active from 1920 to 1947. Warren was given the name Warren William Krech on December 2nd, 1894 in Aitkin, Minnesota, U.S. He left this life on September 24th, 1948.

Prince George William

Prince George William was royalty. Prince was born as the child of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick, and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia on March 25th, 1915 in Braunschweig. He left this life on January 8th, 2006.

Jayson Castro William

Jayson Castro William is a basketball player for the TNT Tropang Texters and Tropang TNT in the Philippine Basketball Association. He has been prominent since 2008. Jayson was born on June 30th, 1986 in Bacolor, Pampanga.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity William U.S.
  White 35.20% 64.26%
  African American 53.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name William

People with the last name William are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name William

  • What name lists does William rank for?
  • How Popular is the name William? William is the 5th most popular name of all time. In 2019 William was the 4th most popular name. As a last name William was the 2,694th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name William have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,147,152 babies born with the first name William in the United States. That's more than enough people named William to occupy the country of Republic of the Congo with an estimated population of 4,140,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named William? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9,562 new born babies.
  • When was William first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name William is Tuesday, December 18th, 1804.
  • What year had the most people named William born? The highest recorded use of the first name William was in 1947 with a total of 66,989 babies. That's a lot of babies named William!
  • Random William Factoid: According to the 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name William ranks 5th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 2,264 babies in Michigan have the same name in 1943.
  • Weird things about the name William: The name spelled backwards is Mailliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Imillaw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name William? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,373 people with the last name William.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of William? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have William as their last name.
  • William name meaning

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