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since 1880

William

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2k Willem (Dutch)

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 9,561 30 9,531 #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 8,623 44 8,579 #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 6,523 28 6,495 #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 19,704 78 19,626 #2 boy name
1913 23,631 94 23,537 #2 boy name
1914 29,852 97 29,755 #2 boy name
1915 38,693 129 38,564 #2 boy name
1916 40,557 136 40,421 #2 boy name
1917 42,586 165 42,421 #2 boy name
1918 45,463 172 45,291 #2 boy name
1919 44,149 175 43,974 #2 boy name
1920 50,358 205 50,153 #2 boy name
1921 52,051 190 51,861 #3 boy name
1922 51,310 193 51,117 #3 boy name
1923 52,360 225 52,135 #3 boy name
1924 53,756 245 53,511 #3 boy name
1925 53,590 290 53,300 #3 boy name
1926 52,230 302 51,928 #4 boy name
1927 51,791 320 51,471 #4 boy name
1928 49,459 349 49,110 #4 boy name
1929 48,137 337 47,800 #4 boy name
1930 47,547 289 47,258 #4 boy name
1931 43,501 238 43,263 #4 boy name
1932 42,349 235 42,114 #4 boy name
1933 39,229 195 39,034 #4 boy name
1934 40,339 175 40,164 #4 boy name
1935 40,358 163 40,195 #4 boy name
1936 39,540 154 39,386 #4 boy name
1937 40,868 164 40,704 #4 boy name
1938 42,560 138 42,422 #4 boy name
1939 42,229 153 42,076 #4 boy name
1940 44,926 151 44,775 #4 boy name
1941 47,926 139 47,787 #4 boy name
1942 55,048 170 54,878 #4 boy name
1943 56,060 168 55,892 #4 boy name
1944 52,492 136 52,356 #4 boy name
1945 50,352 142 50,210 #4 boy name
1946 60,191 157 60,034 #4 boy name
1947 67,128 154 66,974 #4 boy name
1948 62,132 157 61,975 #4 boy name
1949 61,633 130 61,503 #4 boy name
1950 60,848 126 60,722 #6 boy name
1951 62,860 108 62,752 #6 boy name
1952 63,144 146 62,998 #6 boy name
1953 61,940 133 61,807 #6 boy name
1954 61,535 130 61,405 #6 boy name
1955 60,048 116 59,932 #6 boy name
1956 59,102 157 58,945 #6 boy name
1957 56,992 166 56,826 #6 boy name
1958 54,371 161 54,210 #6 boy name
1959 51,533 157 51,376 #7 boy name
1960 49,517 164 49,353 #7 boy name
1961 48,214 204 48,010 #7 boy name
1962 45,037 175 44,862 #7 boy name
1963 44,667 181 44,486 #7 boy name
1964 44,407 157 44,250 #7 boy name
1965 40,304 157 40,147 #6 boy name
1966 38,450 180 38,270 #6 boy name
1967 37,811 186 37,625 #6 boy name
1968 37,155 190 36,965 #6 boy name
1969 37,841 199 37,642 #6 boy name
1970 39,116 204 38,912 #7 boy name
1971 35,640 201 35,439 #7 boy name
1972 30,724 193 30,531 #9 boy name
1973 28,189 162 28,027 #9 boy name
1974 27,164 169 26,995 #10 boy name
1975 25,744 163 25,581 #10 boy name
1976 24,645 200 24,445 #11 boy name
1977 24,960 187 24,773 #12 boy name
1978 24,374 187 24,187 #13 boy name
1979 24,889 191 24,698 #13 boy name
1980 25,871 216 25,655 #14 boy name
1981 24,969 171 24,798 #15 boy name
1982 25,773 178 25,595 #15 boy name
1983 25,570 186 25,384 #16 boy name
1984 25,055 158 24,897 #16 boy name
1985 24,786 183 24,603 #16 boy name
1986 24,488 165 24,323 #15 boy name
1987 24,366 169 24,197 #15 boy name
1988 24,279 164 24,115 #16 boy name
1989 24,767 94 24,673 #15 boy name
1990 24,948 61 24,887 #16 boy name
1991 23,918 56 23,862 #19 boy name
1992 23,122 60 23,062 #20 boy name
1993 22,249 42 22,207 #18 boy name
1994 21,531 45 21,486 #19 boy name
1995 20,202 46 20,156 #20 boy name
1996 20,581 41 20,540 #18 boy name
1997 20,034 26 20,008 #19 boy name
1998 20,863 36 20,827 #14 boy name
1999 20,733 26 20,707 #14 boy name
2000 20,692 38 20,654 #11 boy name
2001 20,123 24 20,099 #10 boy name
2002 20,153 34 20,119 #11 boy name
2003 20,020 32 19,988 #11 boy name
2004 20,333 111 20,222 #8 boy name
2005 19,073 28 19,045 #11 boy name
2006 18,964 18 18,946 #10 boy name
2007 18,902 26 18,876 #8 boy name
2008 18,411 28 18,383 #7 boy name
2009 17,920 15 17,905 #5 boy name
2010 17,059 23 17,036 #5 boy name
2011 17,353 28 17,325 #3 boy name
2012 16,875 19 16,856 #5 boy name
2013 16,609 14 16,595 #5 boy name
2014 16,799 23 16,776 #5 boy name
2015 15,824 15 15,809 #5 boy name

Want to know about the popularity of the William baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,087,556 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 9,561 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "William" was in 1947 with a total of 66,974 babies. (That's a lot of baby Williams)

According to the 1951 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "William" ranks #7 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nevada. Imagine that, 57 babies in Nevada have the same name as you in 1951. Across the entire United States a total of 62,860 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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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.

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.

William Shatner

William Shatner is an actor, spokesman, singer, and author with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1950 to present. William was born in 1931 in Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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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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Other Inspirations for the Name William

William And Mary
William Shakespeare
William And Mary Tuition
William H Macy
William Sonoma
William The Conqueror
William Holden
William Levy
William Wallace

Alternative Meanings

W is for wonder, the child in us all.

I is for inspire, others seek your guidance.

L is for love, your love of life!

L is for luster, your shine.

I is for impressive, your list of qualities.

A is for activities, for you have many.

M is for melody, the song of life.

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

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Past life for William born Oct 15, 1929

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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 Poland approximately on 725. Your profession was digger and undertaker.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

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