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in the U.S.
since 1880


Gender: Boy. Ranked #6 most popular

What does the name "William" mean?

William (English): Strong-willed Warrior

The name "William" is of English origin and it means "Strong-willed Warrior". It's a name commonly given to boys. There are 4 other names that are similar to this one.

W is for wanderlust, travel is near!

I is for impress, for impress you will.

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

L is for lofty, your ambitions are high!

I is for ignite, the fire in you!

A is for able, for you surely are.

M is for munificent, for you are extremely liberal in giving.

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

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


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 first appeared 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 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "William" ranks #12 in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, 769 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1980. Across the entire United States a total of 25,875 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

Where is the name William popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name William in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the east? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named William

Bruce Jenner

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


Brad Pitt

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


Bill Cosby

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


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 their career being from 1975 to present. Bill was born in 1955 as William Henry Gates III in Seattle, Washington, US.


Bill Murray

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


Axl Rose

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


Past life for William born Oct 30, 1937

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 Austria approximately on 1300. Your profession was chemist, alchemist, and poison manufacturer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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