Billy - boys name

Billy name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 97%

Billy name meaning:

The name Billy is a diminutive of the name William, which has Germanic origins. The name William is derived from the Old Germanic words "wil," meaning "will" or "desire," and "helm," meaning "helmet" or "protection." Therefore, the name Billy can be interpreted to mean "strong-willed protector" or "one who desires protection."

In modern times, Billy has become a popular given name on its own, without necessarily being a shortened version of William. It has a friendly and approachable quality, often associated with a playful and energetic personality. Billy is a name that is often given to boys, symbolizing strength, determination, and the ability to protect and provide for others.

Overall, the name Billy carries connotations of strength, protection, and a strong sense of will. It is a name that suggests a person who is confident, caring, and reliable.

Origin: German

Form of William. Resolute guardian.

Related names

William , Alberic, Algie, Algy, Auberon, Bill , Billy , Gillermo, Guillelmina, Guillermo , Gulielma, Gwilym , Gwylim, Lyam , Minetta, Minette, Velma, Vilhelm, Wilhelm, Wilhelmina , Will , Willa , Willem , Williamina, Williamon, Willy, Wilmot, Wylmet

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Overall UK ranking: 128 out of 4789

446 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (233)

Historical popularity of Billy

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