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Williams

First Name
6k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1.6m
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

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Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Williams

User Submitted Origins

English
61%
Welsh
34%
French
3%
African
3%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Williams means "White Hills" and is of English origin.
  2. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Williams is of English origin and means "From the White Hills".
  3. According to a user from North Carolina, U.S., the name Williams is of French origin and means "Warrior".
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Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States playwright (1911-1983)
  2. English clergyman and colonist who was expelled from Massachusetts for criticizing Puritanism; he founded Providence in 1636 and obtained a royal charter for Rhode Island in 1663 (1603-1683)
  3. United States baseball player noted as a hitter (1918-2002)
  4. United States poet (1883-1963)
  5. English philosopher credited with reviving the field of moral philosophy (1929-2003)
  6. United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.
    1. An English patronymic surname​ of common usage in Wales and England.
    2. An Irish patronymic surname​, an adopted anglicization of Mac Uilliam (McWilliam)
  2. A placename.
    1. A place in the United States.
      1. A city in Arizona; named for frontiersman Old Bill Williams.
      2. A city in Colusa County, California; named for early resident W. H. Williams.
      3. A city in Iowa.
      4. A city in Minnesota; named for early settlers William Mason and George Williams.
      5. A town in South Carolina.
      6. A census-designated place in Lawrence County, Indiana; named for postmaster Byrd E. Williams.
      7. A census-designated place in Oregon; named for nearby Williams Creek, itself for Army Captain Robert Williams.
      8. An unincorporated community in Modoc County, California.
      9. An unincorporated community in Adams County, Indiana.
      10. A ghost town in Nebraska; named for the founders' son, William.
      11. A river in Oregon.
      12. A river in Vermont; named for Puritan minister John Williams.
      13. A river in West Virginia.
    2. A place in Australia.
      1. A town in Western Australia; named for the nearby Williams River.
      2. A river in New South Wales.
      3. A river in Western Australia; probably named for William IV of the United Kingdom.
  3. plural of William (a set of people with the given name "William")

Williams was also found in the following language(s): French and Hungarian

Notable Persons Named Williams

Notable Persons Named Williams

Williams G. Anderson

Williams was born on December 12th, 1927 in Americus, Georgia.

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Williams

Williams was born on February 6th, 1951. She passed away on April 18th, 2013.

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Williams Grove Speedway

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Williams Reyes

Williams Reyes is a soccer player for the C.D. Águila, Deportes Savio, C.D. Dragón, C.D. FAS, A.D. Isidro Metapán, C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo, and El Salvador national football team. Williams was born on October 30th, 1976 in La Ceiba.

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Williams Carter Wickham

Williams Carter Wickham was a Member of the Confederate States House of Representatives from Virginia's 3rd district, Member of the Virginia Senate, for Hanover, Henrico, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Hanover County, Member of theConfederate States House of Representa. His most notable accomplishments were from 1883 to 1888. His military service ended in 1864. Williams was born Williams Carter Wickham on September 21st, 1820 in Richmond, Virginia. He breathed his last breath on July 23rd, 1888.

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Williams Pérez

Williams Pérez is a baseball player for the Atlanta Braves. Williams was born on May 21st, 1991 in Acarigua.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Williams

Notable Persons With the Last Name Williams

Robin Williams

Robin Williams was an actor and comedian. His career lasted from 1976 to 2014. Robin was given the name Robin McLaurin Williams on July 21st, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He breathed his last breath on August 11th, 2014.

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Serena Williams

Serena Williams is a tennis player. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Serena was born on September 26th, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.

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Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams is a pop rock, soft rock, dance music, and britpop musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Robbie was given the name Robert Peter Williams on February 13th, 1974 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams is a hip hop music, contemporary r&b, and funk musician. He has been prominent since 1992. Pharrell was given the name Pharrell Lanscilo Williams on April 5th, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.

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Maisie Williams

Maisie Williams is an actress. She was most prominent from 2011 to present. Maisie was given the name Margaret Constance Williams on April 15th, 1997 in Bristol, England.

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Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is an actress. She was most prominent from 1993 to present. Michelle was given the name Michelle Ingrid Williams on September 9th, 1980 in Kalispell, Montana U.S.

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  • Jesse Williams
    Actor
  • Ashley Williams
    Soccer Player
  • John Williams
    Composer
  • Venus Williams
    Tennis Player
  • Allison Williams
    Actress
  • David Walliams
  • Hank Williams
    Singer-songwriter
  • Michael K. Williams
    Actor
  • Tennessee Williams
  • Hayley Williams
    Musician
  • Deron Williams
    Basketball Player
  • Keith David
    Actor
  • Birdman
    Musician
  • Brian Williams

Common last names for Williams

  • Evans
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Smith
  • Adams
  • Edwards
  • Davis
  • Collins
  • Simmons
  • Phillips
  • Reynolds
  • Burns

Common first names for Williams

  • James
  • John
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Willie
  • William
  • Thomas
  • Henry
  • Joseph
  • Dorothy
  • Richard
  • David
  • Margaret
  • Helen
  • Walter
  • Frank
  • Ruth
  • Edward

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Williams U.S.
  White 45.75% 64.26%
  African American 47.68% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Williams

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

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Fun Facts about the name Williams

  • What name lists does Williams rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Williams? Williams is the 3,504th most popular name of all time. As a last name Williams was the 3rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Williams have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,877 babies born with the first name Williams in the United States. That's more than enough people named Williams to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Williams? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Williams first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Williams is Saturday, August 27th, 1831.
  • What year had the most people named Williams born? The highest recorded use of the first name Williams was in 1950 with a total of 86 babies.
  • Random Williams Factoid: According to the 1965 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Williams is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Mississippi have the same name in 1965.
  • Weird things about the name Williams: The name spelled backwards is Smailliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Imsillwa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Williams? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,625,252 people with the last name Williams.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Williams? Williams was ranked as the 3rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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