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Billy

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  • 161k Bill (English)
Nicknames and Given Names for Billy

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 7 0 7
1881 6 0 6
1882 7 0 7
1884 7 0 7
1885 8 0 8
1886 7 0 7
1887 6 0 6
1888 10 0 10
1889 5 0 5
1890 5 0 5
1891 6 0 6
1892 10 0 10
1893 9 0 9
1894 10 0 10
1895 11 0 11
1896 9 0 9
1897 6 0 6
1898 14 0 14
1899 24 5 19
1900 36 0 36
1901 18 0 18
1902 30 8 22
1903 20 0 20
1904 27 6 21
1905 20 0 20
1906 14 0 14
1907 27 7 20
1908 33 13 20
1909 28 10 18
1910 51 8 43
1911 52 10 42
1912 85 16 69
1913 133 22 111
1914 162 20 142
1915 304 28 276
1916 387 26 361
1917 496 27 469
1918 684 39 645
1919 909 51 858
1920 1,261 55 1,206
1921 1,689 67 1,622
1922 2,098 70 2,028 #90 boy name
1923 2,571 82 2,489 #78 boy name
1924 3,369 98 3,271 #63 boy name
1925 4,332 126 4,206 #49 boy name
1926 5,332 147 5,185 #40 boy name
1927 6,619 157 6,462 #32 boy name
1928 7,468 159 7,309 #27 boy name
1929 8,476 155 8,321 #23 boy name
1930 9,455 166 9,289 #20 boy name
1931 9,413 154 9,259 #19 boy name
1932 9,572 143 9,429 #20 boy name
1933 9,057 123 8,934 #20 boy name
1934 9,655 97 9,558 #20 boy name
1935 9,341 103 9,238 #19 boy name
1936 8,670 83 8,587 #22 boy name
1937 8,382 85 8,297 #22 boy name
1938 8,326 80 8,246 #24 boy name
1939 7,537 68 7,469 #24 boy name
1940 7,654 61 7,593 #27 boy name
1941 7,726 66 7,660 #27 boy name
1942 7,373 68 7,305 #35 boy name
1943 7,081 66 7,015 #37 boy name
1944 6,604 67 6,537 #38 boy name
1945 6,080 63 6,017 #42 boy name
1946 6,771 55 6,716 #45 boy name
1947 6,995 67 6,928 #51 boy name
1948 6,260 42 6,218 #53 boy name
1949 5,873 53 5,820 #57 boy name
1950 5,720 44 5,676 #57 boy name
1951 5,651 47 5,604 #64 boy name
1952 5,764 52 5,712 #65 boy name
1953 5,882 39 5,843 #65 boy name
1954 6,089 54 6,035 #65 boy name
1955 5,810 51 5,759 #69 boy name
1956 6,066 54 6,012 #68 boy name
1957 6,193 45 6,148 #64 boy name
1958 6,197 51 6,146 #64 boy name
1959 6,353 46 6,307 #64 boy name
1960 6,052 38 6,014 #67 boy name
1961 6,073 46 6,027 #68 boy name
1962 5,622 39 5,583 #72 boy name
1963 5,287 52 5,235 #74 boy name
1964 5,249 57 5,192 #71 boy name
1965 4,706 54 4,652 #77 boy name
1966 4,224 42 4,182 #80 boy name
1967 4,025 42 3,983 #76 boy name
1968 3,863 50 3,813 #76 boy name
1969 3,845 68 3,777 #77 boy name
1970 4,197 73 4,124 #78 boy name
1971 3,968 59 3,909 #75 boy name
1972 3,543 74 3,469 #82 boy name
1973 3,518 74 3,444 #76 boy name
1974 3,438 72 3,366 #78 boy name
1975 3,188 76 3,112 #84 boy name
1976 3,234 77 3,157 #85 boy name
1977 3,016 68 2,948 #91 boy name
1978 2,765 69 2,696 #99 boy name
1979 3,066 67 2,999 #98 boy name
1980 3,050 59 2,991 #100 boy name
1981 2,934 51 2,883
1982 2,578 50 2,528
1983 2,188 39 2,149
1984 1,974 27 1,947
1985 1,865 34 1,831
1986 1,712 29 1,683
1987 1,648 26 1,622
1988 1,530 20 1,510
1989 1,530 25 1,505
1990 1,455 17 1,438
1991 1,373 17 1,356
1992 1,298 16 1,282
1993 1,368 15 1,353
1994 1,137 13 1,124
1995 1,073 10 1,063
1996 961 13 948
1997 825 11 814
1998 820 7 813
1999 757 9 748
2000 678 8 670
2001 683 7 676
2002 582 0 582
2003 611 11 600
2004 572 7 565
2005 560 0 560
2006 565 0 565
2007 546 0 546
2008 458 0 458
2009 442 0 442
2010 395 5 390
2011 401 6 395
2012 361 6 355
2013 346 0 346
2014 293 6 287
2015 281 0 281

Fun Facts about the name Billy

  • How many people with the first name Billy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 387,177 babies born with the first name Billy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Billy to occupy the country of Bahamas with an estimated population of 353,658 (as of May 3, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Billy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Billy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Billy is Sunday, November 22nd, 1840.
  • What year had the most people named Billy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Billy was in 1934 with a total of 9,558 babies. That's a lot of babies named Billy!
  • Random Billy Factoid: According to the 1965 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Billy ranks 64th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, 155 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 1965.
  • Weird things about the name Billy: Your name in reverse order is Yllib. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lliyb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Billy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,621 people with the last name Billy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Billy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Billy as their last name.
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Popularity of Billy as a last name

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Common last names for Billy

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Moore
  • Miller
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Walker
  • Hill
  • Harris
  • Allen
  • Clark

Common first names for Billy

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Billy U.S.
  White 36.48% 64.26%
  African American 13.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 40.93% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.62% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Billy

People with the last name Billy are most frequently White, African American, or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Billy

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bil"ly
Senses
  1. A club; esp., a policeman's club. Also called billy club
  2. [Wool Manuf] A slubbing or roving machine.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Male goat
  2. A short stout club used primarily by policemen
  1. A diminutive of the male given name William.
  2. (US, nickname) The B-25 twin-engine bomber aircraft used during World War Two, commonly called the "B-25 Mitchell" in honor of U.S. Army General William "Billy" Mitchell.
    Flyboys. New York: Little, Brown and Company. Ch 7:

Billy was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Billy

Billy Joel

Billy Joel is a rock music, soft rock, piano rock, pop music, and classical music musician. He plays Steinway & Sons, Hammond organ, Baldwin Piano Company, and Minimoog. His most notable accomplishments were from 1965 to present. Billy was given the name William Martin Joel on May 9th, 1949 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Billy McFarland

Billy McFarland is a founder and ceo, spling, magnises, (2010-present), and (2013-present). He has been prominent since 2005. Billy was born in 1991 in New York City.

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Billy Crudup

Billy Crudup is an actor. He has been prominent since 1994. Billy was given the name William Gaither Crudup on July 8th, 1968 in Manhasset, New York, U.S.

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Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton is an actor, filmmaker, singer, songwriter, and musician. His ongoing career started in 1986. Billy was born on August 4th, 1955 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States.

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Billy Idol

Billy Idol is a punk rock, hard rock, glam rock, dance-rock, new wave music, and post-punk singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. His ongoing career started in 1977. Billy was given the name William Michael Albert Broad on November 30th, 1955 in Stanmore, Middlesex, England. Billy is also known as William Michael Albert Broad.

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Billy Zane

Billy Zane is an actor and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1985. Billy was given the name William George Zane, Jr. on February 24th, 1966 in Chicago. Billy is also known as Bill Zane.

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  • Billy the Kid
    (horse rustler)
  • Billy Corgan
    (musician)
  • Billy Graham
    (evangelism)
  • Billy Ray Cyrus
    (singer)
  • Billy Connolly
    (comedian)
  • Billy Crystal
    (musician)
  • Billy Dee Williams
    (actor)
  • Billy Gibbons
    (musician)
  • Billy Wilder
    (film director)
  • Billy Boyd
    (actor)
  • Billy Mays
    (television direct-response advertisement salesman)
  • Billy Joe Saunders
    (noteworthy person)
  • Billy Eichner
    (comedian)
  • Billy Preston
    (musician)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Billy

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy is an american folk music, alternative country, and country music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1993 to present. Bonnie was given the name William Oldham on December 24th, 1970 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. Bonnie is also known as Palace Brothers, Palace Music, and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy.

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Chuck Billy

Chuck Billy is a thrash metal and heavy metal music musician. He was most prominent from 1984 to present. Chuck was given the name Charles Billy on June 23rd, 1962 in United States.

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Lisa Johnson Billy

Lisa Johnson Billy is a noteworthy individual. Lisa was born on February 21st, 1967 in Purcell, Oklahoma.

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Butcher Billy

Butcher Billy is a noteworthy individual.

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Lab Ox

Lab Ox is a hip hop music, rhythm, blues, pop music, pop rock, contemporary r&b, and urban contemporary record producer and songwriter. He plays FL Studio and Steinberg Cubase. He was most prominent from 2006 to present. Lab was given the name Darren Billy, Jr. on January 23rd, 1985 in New Orleans. Lab is also known as Darren Phillip Billy Jr..

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Uchee Billy

Uchee Billy was an influential individual. Uchee is also known as Yuchi Billy. He breathed his last breath in 1837.

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What does the name Billy mean?

Bis for busy, your never idle life.

Iis for intriguing, arousing the curiosity of others

Lis for lucky, who is more?

Lis for luster, your shine.

Yis for young, the years never show!

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