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Popularity
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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YearTotal Babies BornGirls BornBoys BornRanking
18809,562309,532#2 boy name
18818,554308,524#2 boy name
18829,329319,298#2 boy name
18838,427408,387#2 boy name
18848,931348,897#2 boy name
18858,077338,044#2 boy name
18868,287358,252#2 boy name
18877,514447,470#2 boy name
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18907,528347,494#2 boy name
18916,813506,763#2 boy name
18927,826447,782#2 boy name
18937,255327,223#2 boy name
18947,308347,274#2 boy name
18957,317407,277#2 boy name
18967,791447,747#2 boy name
18977,231327,199#2 boy name
18987,441417,400#2 boy name
18996,109236,086#2 boy name
19008,622448,578#2 boy name
19016,022325,990#2 boy name
19026,641256,616#2 boy name
19036,346356,311#2 boy name
19046,441256,416#2 boy name
19056,524286,496#2 boy name
19066,595286,567#2 boy name
19076,934296,905#2 boy name
19087,573457,528#2 boy name
19097,949357,914#2 boy name
19108,881378,844#3 boy name
191110,6435010,593#2 boy name
191219,7037819,625#2 boy name
191323,6319423,537#2 boy name
191429,8539729,756#2 boy name
191538,69212938,563#2 boy name
191640,55713640,421#2 boy name
191742,58516542,420#2 boy name
191845,46217245,290#2 boy name
191944,15317543,978#2 boy name
192050,35720550,152#2 boy name
192152,05119051,861#3 boy name
192251,31119351,118#3 boy name
192352,35622552,131#3 boy name
192453,76924553,524#3 boy name
192553,58829053,298#3 boy name
192652,22430251,922#4 boy name
192751,79232051,472#4 boy name
192849,45134949,102#4 boy name
192948,13533747,798#4 boy name
193047,54628947,257#4 boy name
193143,50023843,262#4 boy name
193242,34323542,108#4 boy name
193339,22619539,031#4 boy name
193440,33217540,157#4 boy name
193540,36416340,201#4 boy name
193639,53415439,380#4 boy name
193740,86516440,701#4 boy name
193842,55913842,421#4 boy name
193942,22715342,074#4 boy name
194044,91915144,768#4 boy name
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194255,04417054,874#4 boy name
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194550,35114250,209#4 boy name
194660,18815760,031#4 boy name
194767,12415566,969#4 boy name
194862,13415761,977#4 boy name
194961,62112861,493#4 boy name
195060,82712660,701#6 boy name
195162,82610862,718#6 boy name
195263,15414663,008#6 boy name
195361,90813361,775#6 boy name
195461,53113061,401#6 boy name
195560,03611659,920#6 boy name
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195756,98816656,822#6 boy name
195854,36316154,202#6 boy name
195951,53415751,377#7 boy name
196049,51316449,349#7 boy name
196148,21620448,012#7 boy name
196245,03717544,862#7 boy name
196344,66218144,481#7 boy name
196444,40615744,249#7 boy name
196540,30615740,149#6 boy name
196638,45218038,272#6 boy name
196737,80918637,623#6 boy name
196837,15819036,968#6 boy name
196937,84319937,644#6 boy name
197039,11720438,913#7 boy name
197135,64320135,442#7 boy name
197230,72219330,529#9 boy name
197328,18616228,024#9 boy name
197427,16616926,997#10 boy name
197525,74416325,581#10 boy name
197624,64620024,446#11 boy name
197724,96218724,775#12 boy name
197824,37318724,186#13 boy name
197924,88519124,694#13 boy name
198025,87521625,659#14 boy name
198124,96717124,796#15 boy name
198225,77217825,594#15 boy name
198325,56518625,379#16 boy name
198425,05615824,898#16 boy name
198524,78618324,603#16 boy name
198624,48516524,320#15 boy name
198724,36616924,197#15 boy name
198824,27616424,112#16 boy name
198924,7679424,673#15 boy name
199024,9456124,884#16 boy name
199123,9195623,863#19 boy name
199223,1206023,060#20 boy name
199322,2494122,208#18 boy name
199421,5324621,486#19 boy name
199520,1994620,153#20 boy name
199620,5794120,538#18 boy name
199720,0322620,006#19 boy name
199820,8613620,825#14 boy name
199920,7342620,708#14 boy name
200020,6883820,650#11 boy name
200120,1182420,094#10 boy name
200220,1513420,117#11 boy name
200320,0193219,987#11 boy name
200420,33211120,221#8 boy name
200519,0692819,041#11 boy name
200618,9591818,941#10 boy name
200718,8952618,869#8 boy name
200818,4082818,380#7 boy name
200917,9141517,899#5 boy name
201017,0532317,030#5 boy name
201117,3422817,314#3 boy name
201216,8631916,844#5 boy name
201316,5841416,570#5 boy name
201416,7102316,687#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 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 1932 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "William" ranks #4 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 1,544 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 1932. Across the entire United States a total of 42,343 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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 ideals, no higher!

L is for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

L is for little, the little things you do.

I is for ignite, the fire in you!

A is for agreeable, the best side of you!

M is for mild, your mild and gentle way.

Your name in reverse order is "Mailliw". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Alwiiml". 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.

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.

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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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Past life for William born May 15, 1948

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 Mongolia approximately on 1750. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You were sane, practical person, materialist with no spiritual consciousness. Your simple wisdom helped the weak and the poor. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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Here's something for you to ponder on...

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