William - boys name

William name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 100%

William name meaning:

The name William is of Germanic origin and is derived from the elements "wil", meaning "will, desire", and "helm", meaning "helmet, protection". Therefore, the name William can be interpreted as "strong-willed protector". It is a traditional and classic name that has been popular for centuries.

Boys named William are often associated with qualities such as strength, determination, and leadership. They tend to have a strong sense of self and are often seen as reliable and trustworthy individuals. Williams are known for their protective nature and their willingness to stand up for what they believe in, making them natural leaders.

Overall, the name William carries a powerful and esteemed meaning. It embodies traits that are admired and respected, making it a timeless choice for parents who seek a name that reflects strength, protection, and a strong sense of purpose.

Origin: German

Resolute guardian.


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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: 21 out of 4789

2093 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • England (21)
  • Wales (21)
  • Scotland (29)

Historical popularity of William

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