William Name Meaning

What does William Mean?

William Name Gender : Boy Names

William Name Origin : The origin of the name William is English baby names

Meaning Of William : William name meaning is the most successful of all the Germanic names introduced to England by the Normans. It is composed of the elements wil will, desire + helm helmet, protection. The fact that it was borne by the Conqueror himself does not seem to have inhibited its favour with the `conquered` population: in the first century after the Conquest it was the commonest male name of all, not only among Normans. In the later Middle Ages it was overtaken by JOHN, but continued to run second to that name until the 20th century, when the picture became more fragmented. It was a royal name not only in England, but also in Germany and the Netherlands. Germanic derived from vilja and helma, than `will helmet'. The variant Wilhelm is a good reflection of this. It means strong and wilful defender. William became such a popular name in England that when there was a court officials' festival, no fewer than 120 Williams turned up. Pet forms include Willie, Will, Willie, Wyll, Wylecoc, Wilmot and Wilkins. The Welsh form is Gwylim and is related to the French Guillaume. The 'G' was the French attempt to give the sound w, which did not occur in the old Latin and French alphabets. The Irish shortened it to Liam. There is even an abbreviation for the name, Wm. Wilson is also a surname and means 'the son of Will or William'. Bo is one of the unusual short forms for the name. Cognates: Irish Gaelic: Liam. Scottish Gaelic: Uilleam. Welsh: Gwilym. French: Guillaume. Italian: Guglielmo. Spanish: Guilermo. Catalan: Guillem. Portuguese: Guilherme. German: Wilhelm. Low German, Dutch: Willem. Scandinavian: Vilhelm. Czech: Vilem. Hungarian: Vilmos. Finnish: Vilppu. Short forms: English: Will, BILL. German: Wim. English and Scottish: Willy, Willie. German: Willi. Feminine forms: English: Willa, Wilma, BILLIE. German: Wilhelmina, Wilhelmine, Helmine, Helma, Mine. Hungarian: Vilma. Variants and diminutives: Bill; Billie; Billy; Bo; Giel; Gieljam; Gielliam; Gilamu; Gillen; Guilem; Guillaume; Guillem; Gwylim; Helm; Liam; Uilleam; Wham; Vilem; Vilhelm; Vilhelmas; Viliam; Viljem; Ville; Wilhelm; Wilhelmus; Wilkens; Wilkins; Will; Willem; Williams; Willie; Willmot; Wills; Willy; Wilson; Wim; Wimpie; Wylecoc; Wyll. Famous people: William Shakespeare, best-known English playwright and poet; Willem of Oranje, who became king of England in 1689; William Ellis, rugby player in 1923; Wilhelm Tell, the Swiss patriotic hero.

In addition to these data about William name meaning, William name is a boy name that starts with W and letter W means that you have intuition, determination and a strong sense of purpose, you like to be involved in many activities, you need change and like to meet new people, you have charisma, you provide stimulating company, you have excellent self expression and are very creative also there is a tendency to procrastinate and cut corners. You can search our database via baby name finder tool to find similar names of William name. If you know more about William name meaning, please send us feedback, we are looking forward your contributions. Please read all sections of the name William. If you consider William name is proper name for your baby, please inform us what you think about your decision. Names that sound like William : Williams Wilcley Wilfrid Willan Winwood .


Masculine proper name, from Old North French Willaume, Norman form of French Guillaume, of Germanic origin (cognates: Old High German Willahelm, German Wilhelm), from willio "will" (see will (n.)) + helma "helmet," from Proto-Germanic *helmaz "protective covering" (see helm (n.2)). After the Conquest, the most popular given name in England until supplanted by John.


For U.S. births in 2015, the number of births with name William is 15809, representing about 0.893504 percent of all male births in 2015. See interactive baby names map for William name popularity by states.

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  • England and Wales popular baby namesEngland and Wales : Rank #8
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