William

First Name
4.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
13k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys
First
Last

How to Pronounce William

  • Automated Male (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • Automated Female (English)
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Denmark
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Virginia, United States
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Nigeria
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from New York, United States
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
  • User from Illinois, United States
    Is this an accurate pronunciation?
How difficult is it to pronounce William?

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

"William" is a name of English origin, and it means "Strong-willed Warrior". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

From Anglo-Norman Willame, from Old High German Willahelm, from willo (“will”) + helm (“helmet”).

  1. A male given name popular since the Norman Conquest.

William was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, Hungarian, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name William

William Shakespeare was a writer. William was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. He passed away on April 23rd, 1616.

Popularity:

William Christopher is an actor. His career lasted from 1965 to 2012. William was born on October 20th, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois, U.S.

Popularity:

Bill Gates is a technology advisor of microsoft, co-chair of the bill & melinda gates foundation, ceo of cascade investment, chair of corbis, microsoft, bill & melinda gates foundation, cascade investment, corbis, technology advisor ofmicrosoft, co-chair of thebill & mel. His most notable accomplishments were from 1975 to present. Bill was given the name William Henry Gates III by his parents William H. Gates, Sr., and Mary Maxwell Gates on October 28th, 1955 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.

Popularity:

Bill Paxton is an actor and director. His ongoing career started in 1975. Bill was given the name William Paxton on May 17th, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.

Popularity:

Brad Pitt is an actor and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Brad was given the name William Bradley Pitt on December 18th, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.

Popularity:

Bill Nye is a noteworthy human in the field of mechanical engineering. Bill was given the name William Sanford Nye on November 27th, 1955 in Washington, D.C., U.S. Bill is also known as Bill Nye.

Popularity:

Notable Persons With the Last Name William

Prince William is royalty. He holds the title Duke of Cambridge([[#Titles, styles, and Duke of Cambridge. Prince was born as the child of Charles, Prince of Wales, Diana, and Princess of Wales on June 21st, 1982 in St Mary's Hospital, London.

Popularity:

Willy William is a dance, mix, and dance music disc jockey, record producer, singing, and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Willy was born in Jamaica.

Popularity:

Frederick William was royalty. He was most active from 1640 to 1688. Frederick was born as the child of George William, Elector of Brandenburg, and Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate (1597–1660) on February 16th, 1620 in City Palace, Berlin. He breathed his last breath on April 29th, 1688.

Popularity:

Warren William was an actor. He was most active from 1920 to 1947. Warren was given the name Warren William Krech on December 2nd, 1894 in Aitkin, Minnesota, U.S. He left this life on September 24th, 1948.

Popularity:

Prince George William was royalty. Prince was born as the child of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick, and Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia on March 25th, 1915 in Braunschweig. He left this life on January 8th, 2006.

Popularity:

Jayson Castro William is a basketball player for the TNT Tropang Texters and Tropang TNT in the Philippine Basketball Association. He has been prominent since 2008. Jayson was born on June 30th, 1986 in Bacolor, Pampanga.

Popularity:

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

Click Here to Show Chart Data
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

Where is the name William popular?

View popular names by state or region.

Popularity of William as a first name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name William as a first name in each of the states. See other popular names in West Virginia, Kentucky, or Pennsylvania.

Popularity of William as a last name

The map shows the absolute popularity of the name William as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in New York, Louisiana, or Texas.

Common last names for William

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Anderson
  • Williams
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Walker
  • Hall

Common first names for William

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity William U.S.
  White 35.20% 64.26%
  African American 53.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name William

People with the last name William are most frequently White or African American

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name William

  • How Popular is the name William? William is the 6th most popular name of all time. In 2015 William was the 5th most popular name. As a last name William was the 2,694th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name William have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,087,556 babies born with the first name William in the United States. That's more than enough people named William to occupy the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina with an estimated population of 3,839,737 (as of June 30, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named William? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9,561 new born babies.
  • When was William first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name William is Tuesday, December 18th, 1804.
  • What year had the most people named William born? The highest recorded use of the first name William was in 1947 with a total of 66,974 babies. That's a lot of babies named William!
  • Random William Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name William ranks 4th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 184 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name William: Your name in reverse order is Mailliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iwamlil. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name William? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,373 people with the last name William.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of William? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have William as their last name.

What William's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name William mean?

Wis for wisdom, you acquire with age.

Iis for inventor, how many things will you create?

Lis for loyalty, that you show.

Lis for listen, one of your best traits.

Iis for impartial, a great arbiter

Ais for animated, let your energetic spirit shine

Mis for mirth, your laughter.

Name poster for William

Name poster for William(click to save the high quality version)

  • Sources:
  • 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.