Liam

First Name
193k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
226
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Liam

User Submitted Origins

     Irish
59%
     English
19%
     German
5%
     Celtic
3%
     Arabic
3%
     Hebrew
3%
     American
1%
     Scottish
1%
     French
1%
     Korean
1%
     African
1%
     Japanese
1%
     Latin
1%

User Submitted Meanings

  • According to a user from Spain, the name Liam is of Celtic origin and means "Determined protector".
  • A submission from Philippines says the name Liam means "Handsome".
  • A user from South Africa says the name Liam means "Protector".
  • A submission from Kentucky, United States says the name Liam means "Sharp tongued or witty".
  • A user from Kuwait says the name Liam is of Arabic origin and means "Handsome".
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It originated as the short form of the name Uilliam, the Irish equivalent of William.

  1. A male given name, currently popular in Ireland, England, and Scotland.

Liam was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Faroese, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Liam

Liam Payne is a musician. He has been prominent since 2008. Liam was given the name Liam James Payne on August 29th, 1993 in Wolverhampton.

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Liam Neeson is an actor. He was most active from 1976 to present. Liam was given the name Liam John Neeson on June 7th, 1952 in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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Liam Hemsworth is an actor. He has been prominent since 2007. Liam was born on January 13th, 1990 in Melbourne, Australia.

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Liam Gallagher is a rock music, britpop, and alternative rock musician. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Liam was given the name William John Paul Gallagher on September 21st, 1972 in Burnage, Manchester, England.

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Liam Cunningham is an actor, director, producer, and electrician. He was most active from 1992 to present. Liam was born on June 2nd, 1961 in East Wall.

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Liam O'Brien is a voice actor, adr writer, director, dubbing (filmmaking), and adrwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 2001. Liam was given the name Liam Christopher O'Brien on May 28th, 1976 in Belleville, New Jersey.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Liam

Sheena was born on May 7th, 1991 in Selangor.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1947 5 0 5
1950 10 0 10
1954 8 0 8
1955 12 0 12
1956 18 0 18
1957 28 0 28
1958 24 0 24
1959 17 0 17
1960 25 0 25
1961 27 0 27
1962 23 0 23
1963 43 0 43
1964 40 0 40
1965 37 0 37
1966 47 0 47
1967 60 0 60
1968 54 0 54
1969 50 0 50
1970 51 0 51
1971 58 0 58
1972 65 0 65
1973 62 0 62
1974 73 0 73
1975 81 0 81
1976 72 0 72
1977 96 0 96
1978 111 0 111
1979 118 0 118
1980 112 0 112
1981 122 0 122
1982 157 0 157
1983 144 0 144
1984 146 0 146
1985 148 0 148
1986 150 0 150
1987 149 0 149
1988 170 0 170
1989 223 0 223
1990 275 0 275
1991 272 0 272
1992 302 0 302
1993 398 0 398
1994 667 0 667
1995 1,211 7 1,204
1996 1,747 0 1,747
1997 2,112 0 2,112
1998 2,209 0 2,209
1999 2,715 8 2,707
2000 2,792 12 2,780
2001 3,027 0 3,027
2002 3,381 0 3,381
2003 3,582 17 3,565
2004 3,842 15 3,827
2005 4,159 9 4,150
2006 4,523 11 4,512 #98 boy name
2007 5,149 11 5,138 #89 boy name
2008 5,989 11 5,978 #75 boy name
2009 8,584 21 8,563 #49 boy name
2010 10,949 22 10,927 #30 boy name
2011 13,446 13 13,433 #15 boy name
2012 16,819 23 16,796 #6 boy name
2013 18,153 22 18,131 #3 boy name
2014 18,483 32 18,451 #2 boy name
2015 18,376 21 18,355 #2 boy name
2016 18,217 19 18,198 #2 boy name
2017 18,764 36 18,728 #1 boy name
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Liam

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Liam as a first name

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Common last names for Liam

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Liam U.S.
  White 35.84% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 54.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.98% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.31% 16.26%

Of Last Name Liam

People with the last name Liam are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Liam

  • What name lists does Liam rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Liam? Liam is the 381st most popular name of all time. In 2017 Liam was the 1st most popular name. As a last name Liam was the 83,226th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Liam have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 192,979 babies born with the first name Liam in the United States. That's more than enough people named Liam to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Liam? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1947 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Liam first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Liam is Wednesday, September 20th, 1899.
  • What year had the most people named Liam born? The highest recorded use of the first name Liam was in 2017 with a total of 18,728 babies. That's a lot of babies named Liam!
  • Random Liam Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Liam ranks 1st in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 57 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Liam: Your name in reverse order is Mail. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ilam. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Liam? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 226 people with the last name Liam.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Liam? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Liam as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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