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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 53 0 53
1881 42 0 42
1882 61 0 61
1883 50 0 50
1884 82 0 82
1885 66 0 66
1886 64 0 64
1887 63 0 63
1888 58 0 58
1889 61 0 61
1890 72 0 72
1891 65 0 65
1892 75 0 75
1893 71 0 71
1894 73 0 73
1895 90 0 90
1896 86 0 86
1897 84 0 84
1898 90 0 90
1899 83 0 83
1900 196 0 196
1901 104 0 104
1902 138 0 138
1903 129 0 129
1904 128 0 128
1905 147 0 147
1906 128 0 128
1907 174 0 174
1908 169 5 164
1909 210 5 205
1910 264 5 259
1911 248 5 243
1912 354 7 347
1913 477 11 466
1914 577 18 559
1915 761 15 746
1916 865 11 854
1917 907 16 891
1918 1,051 13 1,038
1919 1,207 11 1,196
1920 1,439 18 1,421
1921 1,502 20 1,482
1922 1,689 14 1,675
1923 1,851 18 1,833 #98 boy name
1924 2,086 18 2,068 #92 boy name
1925 2,398 19 2,379 #84 boy name
1926 2,661 18 2,643 #74 boy name
1927 2,892 28 2,864 #69 boy name
1928 3,004 27 2,977 #64 boy name
1929 2,975 27 2,948 #62 boy name
1930 3,182 25 3,157 #59 boy name
1931 3,245 25 3,220 #57 boy name
1932 3,391 34 3,357 #58 boy name
1933 3,245 23 3,222 #59 boy name
1934 3,559 26 3,533 #59 boy name
1935 3,292 12 3,280 #60 boy name
1936 3,183 18 3,165 #61 boy name
1937 3,128 8 3,120 #64 boy name
1938 3,120 7 3,113 #67 boy name
1939 3,169 9 3,160 #67 boy name
1940 3,279 11 3,268 #67 boy name
1941 3,467 12 3,455 #68 boy name
1942 3,799 9 3,790 #66 boy name
1943 3,996 7 3,989 #65 boy name
1944 3,826 11 3,815 #66 boy name
1945 3,720 8 3,712 #66 boy name
1946 4,365 10 4,355 #72 boy name
1947 4,691 7 4,684 #76 boy name
1948 3,934 8 3,926 #84 boy name
1949 2,775 9 2,766
1950 2,047 6 2,041
1951 1,652 0 1,652
1952 1,598 5 1,593
1953 1,521 0 1,521
1954 1,528 0 1,528
1955 1,650 0 1,650
1956 1,961 5 1,956
1957 3,122 0 3,122
1958 4,223 10 4,213 #99 boy name
1959 4,609 6 4,603 #92 boy name
1960 4,502 0 4,502 #95 boy name
1961 4,011 10 4,001
1962 3,583 6 3,577
1963 3,209 9 3,200
1964 2,740 0 2,740
1965 2,060 0 2,060
1966 1,564 8 1,556
1967 1,283 7 1,276
1968 1,166 6 1,160
1969 1,082 6 1,076
1970 1,028 7 1,021
1971 877 0 877
1972 687 0 687
1973 526 6 520
1974 472 6 466
1975 409 0 409
1976 366 0 366
1977 324 0 324
1978 268 0 268
1979 273 0 273
1980 253 0 253
1981 233 0 233
1982 244 0 244
1983 205 0 205
1984 165 0 165
1985 176 0 176
1986 133 5 128
1987 136 0 136
1988 145 0 145
1989 129 0 129
1990 113 0 113
1991 128 0 128
1992 138 0 138
1993 145 0 145
1994 110 0 110
1995 101 0 101
1996 115 0 115
1997 103 0 103
1998 100 0 100
1999 101 0 101
2000 114 0 114
2001 100 0 100
2002 74 0 74
2003 81 0 81
2004 89 0 89
2005 86 0 86
2006 85 0 85
2007 85 0 85
2008 73 0 73
2009 58 0 58
2010 53 0 53
2011 42 0 42
2012 41 0 41
2013 50 0 50
2014 47 0 47
2015 33 0 33

Want to know about the popularity of the Bill baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 160,911 babies born with the name Bill in the United States. That's more than enough Bills to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 53 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Bill" was in 1947 with a total of 4,684 babies. (That's a lot of baby Bills)

According to the 1947 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Bill" ranks #69 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 113 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1947. Across the entire United States a total of 4,691 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 "Bill" mean? The list below shows the origins of Bill as well as things modernly associated with the name Bill such as celebrities named Bill.

Origin and Meaning of Bill

The name "Bill" is of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of William". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bill
A beak, as of a bird, or sometimes of a turtle or other animal.

Etymology: OE. bile bille, AS. bile beak of a bird, proboscis; cf. Ir. & Gael. bil bile, mouth, lip, bird's bill. Cf. Bill a weapon

verb Bill
Senses
  1. To strike; to peck.(Obs)
  2. To join bills, as doves; to caress in fondness."As pigeons bill." [Shak.]
noun Bill
The bell, or boom, of the bittern
noun Bill
Senses
  1. A cutting instrument, with hook-shaped point, and fitted with a handle; -- used in pruning, etc.; a billhook. When short, called a hand bill, when long, a hedge bill.
  2. A weapon of infantry, in the 14th and 15th centuries. A common form of bill consisted of a broad, heavy, double-edged, hook-shaped blade, having a short pike at the back and another at the top, and attached to the end of a long staff."France had no infantry that dared to face the English bows end bills." [Macaulay.]
  3. One who wields a bill; a billman.
  4. A pickax, or mattock.(Obs)
  5. [Naut] The extremity of the arm of an anchor; the point of or beyond the fluke.

Etymology: OE. bil, AS. bill bil; akin to OS. bil sword, OHG. bill pickax, G. bille. Cf. Bill bea�

verb Bill
To work upon ( as to dig, hoe, hack, or chop anything) with a bill.
noun Bill
Senses
  1. [Law] A declaration made in writing, stating some wrong the complainant has suffered from the defendant, or a fault committed by some person against a law.
  2. A writing binding the signer or signers to pay a certain sum at a future day or on demand, with or without interest, as may be stated in the document.(Eng)
  3. A form or draft of a law, presented to a legislature for enactment; a proposed or projected law.
  4. A paper, written or printed, and posted up or given away, to advertise something, as a lecture, a play, or the sale of goods; a placard; a poster; a handbill."She put up the bill in her parlor window." [Dickens.]
  5. An account of goods sold, services rendered, or work done, with the price or charge; a statement of a creditor's claim, in gross or by items; as, a grocer's bill .
  6. Any paper, containing a statement of particulars; as, a bill of charges or expenditures; a weekly bill of mortality; a bill of fare, etc.

Note: ☞ In the United States, it is usually called a note, a note of hand, or a promissory note.

Etymology: OE. bill bille, fr. LL. billaor OF. bille), for L. bulla anything rounded, LL., seal, stamp, letter, edict, roll; cf. F. bille a ball, prob. fr. Ger.; cf. MHG. bickel, D. bikkel, dice. Cf. Bull papal edict, Billet a paper

verb Bill
Senses
  1. To advertise by a bill or public notice.
  2. To charge or enter in a bill; as, to bill goods.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The entertainment offered at a public presentation
  2. Horny projecting mouth of a bird
  3. A brim that projects to the front to shade the eyes ("he pulled down the bill of his cap and trudged ahead")
  4. A cutting tool with a sharp edge ("he used a bill to prune branches off of the tree")
  5. A list of particulars (as a playbill or bill of fare)
  6. An itemized statement of money owed for goods shipped or services rendered ("he paid his bill and left")
  7. A statute in draft before it becomes law ("they held a public hearing on the bill")
  8. A sign posted in a public place as an advertisement
  9. An advertisement (usually printed on a page or in a leaflet) intended for wide distribution
  10. A piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)
  11. Advertise especially by posters or placards ("He was billed as the greatest tenor since Caruso")
  12. Publicize or announce by placards
  13. Demand payment ("We were billed for 4 nights in the hotel, although we stayed only 3 nights")

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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Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton is a president. Bill was born in 1946 as William Jefferson Blythe III in Hope, Arkansas, United States.

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Bill Maher

Bill Maher is a comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1979 to present. Bill was born in 1956 as William Maher, Jr. in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Bill Nye

Bill Nye is a scientist. Bill was born in 1955 as William Sanford Nye in Washington, D.C.

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Bill Hader

Bill Hader is a comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Bill was born in 1978 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, US.

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Bill Paxton

Bill Paxton is an actor and director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1975 to present. Bill was born in 1955 as William Paxton in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

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Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick is a NFL coach. Bill was born in 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1976 to present. Bill was born in 1949 as William Francis Nighy in Caterham, Surrey, England, UK.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Bill

Bill Me Later
Bill Of Rights
Bill Simmons

Alternative Meanings

B is for beauty, that comes from within.

I is for ideas, that you bring to life.

L is for life, that you live so well.

L is for luster, your shine.

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Past life for Bill born Jan 1, 1973

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of North Europe approximately on 1725. Your profession was digger and undertaker.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. You are bound to solve problems regarding pollution of environment, recycling, misuse of raw materials, elimination of radioactivity by all means including psychological methods.

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