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4.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880

William

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: Strong-willed Warrior
  • #6 All Time
  • #5 in 2014
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2k Willem (Dutch)

How popular is the name "William" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 9,562 30 9,532 #2 boy name
1881 8,554 30 8,524 #2 boy name
1882 9,329 31 9,298 #2 boy name
1883 8,427 40 8,387 #2 boy name
1884 8,931 34 8,897 #2 boy name
1885 8,077 33 8,044 #2 boy name
1886 8,287 35 8,252 #2 boy name
1887 7,514 44 7,470 #2 boy name
1888 8,747 42 8,705 #2 boy name
1889 7,818 46 7,772 #2 boy name
1890 7,528 34 7,494 #2 boy name
1891 6,813 50 6,763 #2 boy name
1892 7,826 44 7,782 #2 boy name
1893 7,255 32 7,223 #2 boy name
1894 7,308 34 7,274 #2 boy name
1895 7,317 40 7,277 #2 boy name
1896 7,791 44 7,747 #2 boy name
1897 7,231 32 7,199 #2 boy name
1898 7,441 41 7,400 #2 boy name
1899 6,109 23 6,086 #2 boy name
1900 8,622 44 8,578 #2 boy name
1901 6,022 32 5,990 #2 boy name
1902 6,641 25 6,616 #2 boy name
1903 6,346 35 6,311 #2 boy name
1904 6,441 25 6,416 #2 boy name
1905 6,524 28 6,496 #2 boy name
1906 6,595 28 6,567 #2 boy name
1907 6,934 29 6,905 #2 boy name
1908 7,573 45 7,528 #2 boy name
1909 7,949 35 7,914 #2 boy name
1910 8,881 37 8,844 #3 boy name
1911 10,643 50 10,593 #2 boy name
1912 19,703 78 19,625 #2 boy name
1913 23,631 94 23,537 #2 boy name
1914 29,853 97 29,756 #2 boy name
1915 38,692 129 38,563 #2 boy name
1916 40,557 136 40,421 #2 boy name
1917 42,585 165 42,420 #2 boy name
1918 45,462 172 45,290 #2 boy name
1919 44,153 175 43,978 #2 boy name
1920 50,357 205 50,152 #2 boy name
1921 52,051 190 51,861 #3 boy name
1922 51,311 193 51,118 #3 boy name
1923 52,356 225 52,131 #3 boy name
1924 53,769 245 53,524 #3 boy name
1925 53,588 290 53,298 #3 boy name
1926 52,224 302 51,922 #4 boy name
1927 51,792 320 51,472 #4 boy name
1928 49,451 349 49,102 #4 boy name
1929 48,135 337 47,798 #4 boy name
1930 47,546 289 47,257 #4 boy name
1931 43,500 238 43,262 #4 boy name
1932 42,343 235 42,108 #4 boy name
1933 39,226 195 39,031 #4 boy name
1934 40,332 175 40,157 #4 boy name
1935 40,364 163 40,201 #4 boy name
1936 39,534 154 39,380 #4 boy name
1937 40,865 164 40,701 #4 boy name
1938 42,559 138 42,421 #4 boy name
1939 42,227 153 42,074 #4 boy name
1940 44,919 151 44,768 #4 boy name
1941 47,925 139 47,786 #4 boy name
1942 55,044 170 54,874 #4 boy name
1943 56,058 168 55,890 #4 boy name
1944 52,486 136 52,350 #4 boy name
1945 50,351 142 50,209 #4 boy name
1946 60,188 157 60,031 #4 boy name
1947 67,124 155 66,969 #4 boy name
1948 62,134 157 61,977 #4 boy name
1949 61,621 128 61,493 #4 boy name
1950 60,827 126 60,701 #6 boy name
1951 62,826 108 62,718 #6 boy name
1952 63,154 146 63,008 #6 boy name
1953 61,908 133 61,775 #6 boy name
1954 61,531 130 61,401 #6 boy name
1955 60,036 116 59,920 #6 boy name
1956 59,113 157 58,956 #6 boy name
1957 56,988 166 56,822 #6 boy name
1958 54,363 161 54,202 #6 boy name
1959 51,534 157 51,377 #7 boy name
1960 49,513 164 49,349 #7 boy name
1961 48,216 204 48,012 #7 boy name
1962 45,037 175 44,862 #7 boy name
1963 44,662 181 44,481 #7 boy name
1964 44,406 157 44,249 #7 boy name
1965 40,306 157 40,149 #6 boy name
1966 38,452 180 38,272 #6 boy name
1967 37,809 186 37,623 #6 boy name
1968 37,158 190 36,968 #6 boy name
1969 37,843 199 37,644 #6 boy name
1970 39,117 204 38,913 #7 boy name
1971 35,643 201 35,442 #7 boy name
1972 30,722 193 30,529 #9 boy name
1973 28,186 162 28,024 #9 boy name
1974 27,166 169 26,997 #10 boy name
1975 25,744 163 25,581 #10 boy name
1976 24,646 200 24,446 #11 boy name
1977 24,962 187 24,775 #12 boy name
1978 24,373 187 24,186 #13 boy name
1979 24,885 191 24,694 #13 boy name
1980 25,875 216 25,659 #14 boy name
1981 24,967 171 24,796 #15 boy name
1982 25,772 178 25,594 #15 boy name
1983 25,565 186 25,379 #16 boy name
1984 25,056 158 24,898 #16 boy name
1985 24,786 183 24,603 #16 boy name
1986 24,485 165 24,320 #15 boy name
1987 24,366 169 24,197 #15 boy name
1988 24,276 164 24,112 #16 boy name
1989 24,767 94 24,673 #15 boy name
1990 24,945 61 24,884 #16 boy name
1991 23,919 56 23,863 #19 boy name
1992 23,120 60 23,060 #20 boy name
1993 22,249 41 22,208 #18 boy name
1994 21,532 46 21,486 #19 boy name
1995 20,199 46 20,153 #20 boy name
1996 20,579 41 20,538 #18 boy name
1997 20,032 26 20,006 #19 boy name
1998 20,861 36 20,825 #14 boy name
1999 20,734 26 20,708 #14 boy name
2000 20,688 38 20,650 #11 boy name
2001 20,118 24 20,094 #10 boy name
2002 20,151 34 20,117 #11 boy name
2003 20,019 32 19,987 #11 boy name
2004 20,332 111 20,221 #8 boy name
2005 19,069 28 19,041 #11 boy name
2006 18,959 18 18,941 #10 boy name
2007 18,895 26 18,869 #8 boy name
2008 18,408 28 18,380 #7 boy name
2009 17,914 15 17,899 #5 boy name
2010 17,053 23 17,030 #5 boy name
2011 17,342 28 17,314 #3 boy name
2012 16,863 19 16,844 #5 boy name
2013 16,584 14 16,570 #5 boy name
2014 16,710 23 16,687 #5 boy name

Want to know about the populiarty of William? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,071,368 babies born with the name William in the United States. That's more than enough Williams to occupy the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an estimated population of 3,839,737 (as of June 30, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 9,562 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "William" was in 1947 with a total of 66,969 babies. (That's a lot of baby Williams)

According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "William" ranks #1 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 605 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 2011. Across the entire United States a total of 17,342 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name William popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "William" mean? The list below shows the origins of William as well as things modernly associated with the name William such as celebrities named William.

English

Origin and Meaning of William

The name "William" is of English origin, and it means "Strong-willed Warrior". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Bruce Jenner

Bruce was born in 1949 as William Bruce Jenner in Mount Kisco, New York, U.S.

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Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is an actor and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1987 to present. Brad was born in 1963 as William Bradley Pitt in Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States.

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Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby is an actor, comedian, author, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1962 to present. Bill was born in 1937 as William Henry Cosby Jr. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Bill Gates

Bill Gates is a technology advisor of microsoftco-chair of the bill & melinda gates foundationceo of cascade investmentchair of corbis with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1975 to present. Bill was born in 1955 as William Henry Gates III in Seattle, Washington, US.

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Bill Murray

Bill Murray is an actor, comedian, and writer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1973 to present. Bill was born in 1950 as William James Murray in Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

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Axl Rose

Axl Rose is a singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer specializing in hard rock and heavy metal music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1983 to present. Axl was born in 1962 as William Bruce Rose, Jr. in Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

W is for warm hearted, it's you!

I is for intense, your zest of living.

L is for look, the way you look at life.

L is for look, the way you look at life.

I is for impress, for impress you will.

A is for accomplished, in all that you do.

M is for mystery, the part of you that cannot be explained.

Your name in reverse order is "Mailliw". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Aiimlwl". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for William born May 14, 1944

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Burma approximately on 950. Your profession was banker, usurer, moneylender, and judge.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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