Williams

First Name
6k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1.6m
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

Origin and Meaning of Williams

"Williams" is a name of English origin, and it means "Son or servant of William". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States playwright (1911-1983)
  2. English clergyman and colonist who was expelled from Massachusetts for criticizing Puritanism; he founded Providence in 1636 and obtained a royal charter for Rhode Island in 1663 (1603-1683)
  3. United States baseball player noted as a hitter (1918-2002)
  4. United States poet (1883-1963)
  5. English philosopher credited with reviving the field of moral philosophy (1929-2003)
  6. United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
Wiktionary
  1. An English and Welsh patronymic surname derived from the given name William.
  2. plural of William (a set of people with the given name "William")

Williams was also found in the following language(s): Hungarian

Notable Persons With the Name Williams

Williams G. Anderson is an influential human. Williams was born on December 12th, 1927 in Americus, Georgia.

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Williams was an influential individual. Williams was born on February 6th, 1951. She passed away on April 18th, 2013.

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Williams Grove Speedway is a famous human.

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Williams Reyes is a soccer player for the C.D. Águila, Deportes Savio, C.D. Dragón, C.D. FAS, A.D. Isidro Metapán, C.D. Luis Ángel Firpo, and El Salvador national football team. Williams was born on October 30th, 1976 in La Ceiba.

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Williams Carter Wickham was a Member of the Confederate States House of Representatives from Virginia's 3rd district, Member of the Virginia Senate, for Hanover, Henrico, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Hanover County, Member of theConfederate States House of Representa. His most notable accomplishments were from 1883 to 1888. His military service ended in 1864. Williams was born Williams Carter Wickham on September 21st, 1820 in Richmond, Virginia. He breathed his last breath on July 23rd, 1888.

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Williams Pérez is a baseball player for the Atlanta Braves. Williams was born on May 21st, 1991 in Acarigua.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Williams

Robin Williams was an actor and comedian. His career lasted from 1976 to 2014. Robin was given the name Robin McLaurin Williams on July 21st, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. He breathed his last breath on August 11th, 2014.

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Serena Williams is a tennis player. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Serena was born on September 26th, 1981 in Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.

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Robbie Williams is a pop rock, soft rock, dance music, and britpop musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Robbie was given the name Robert Peter Williams on February 13th, 1974 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

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Pharrell Williams is a hip hop music, contemporary r&b, and funk musician. He has been prominent since 1992. Pharrell was given the name Pharrell Lanscilo Williams on April 5th, 1973 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.

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Maisie Williams is an actress. She was most prominent from 2011 to present. Maisie was given the name Margaret Constance Williams on April 15th, 1997 in Bristol, England.

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Michelle Williams is an actress. She was most prominent from 1993 to present. Michelle was given the name Michelle Ingrid Williams on September 9th, 1980 in Kalispell, Montana U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 11 0 11
1881 7 0 7
1882 7 0 7
1883 13 0 13
1884 11 0 11
1885 11 0 11
1886 13 0 13
1887 13 0 13
1888 9 0 9
1889 6 0 6
1890 10 0 10
1891 7 0 7
1892 16 0 16
1893 7 0 7
1894 12 0 12
1895 10 0 10
1896 9 0 9
1897 14 0 14
1898 12 0 12
1899 9 0 9
1900 15 0 15
1901 11 0 11
1902 11 0 11
1903 9 0 9
1904 15 0 15
1905 12 0 12
1906 12 0 12
1907 11 0 11
1908 18 0 18
1909 20 0 20
1910 15 0 15
1911 22 0 22
1912 31 0 31
1913 21 0 21
1914 45 0 45
1915 53 0 53
1916 55 0 55
1917 44 0 44
1918 55 0 55
1919 45 0 45
1920 73 0 73
1921 51 0 51
1922 53 0 53
1923 54 0 54
1924 65 0 65
1925 48 0 48
1926 67 0 67
1927 68 0 68
1928 66 0 66
1929 58 0 58
1930 74 0 74
1931 55 0 55
1932 57 0 57
1933 42 0 42
1934 56 0 56
1935 64 0 64
1936 41 0 41
1937 57 0 57
1938 51 0 51
1939 50 0 50
1940 73 0 73
1941 47 0 47
1942 54 0 54
1943 50 0 50
1944 55 0 55
1945 47 0 47
1946 63 0 63
1947 60 0 60
1948 60 0 60
1949 63 0 63
1950 86 0 86
1951 57 0 57
1952 46 0 46
1953 52 0 52
1954 50 0 50
1955 74 0 74
1956 59 0 59
1957 64 0 64
1958 65 7 58
1959 60 0 60
1960 54 0 54
1961 66 0 66
1962 45 0 45
1963 56 0 56
1964 46 0 46
1965 54 0 54
1966 47 0 47
1967 45 0 45
1968 46 0 46
1969 52 0 52
1970 39 0 39
1971 58 0 58
1972 46 0 46
1973 33 0 33
1974 52 7 45
1975 42 0 42
1976 43 0 43
1977 28 0 28
1978 37 0 37
1979 33 0 33
1980 41 5 36
1981 34 5 29
1982 44 0 44
1983 33 0 33
1984 35 0 35
1985 33 0 33
1986 43 0 43
1987 47 0 47
1988 44 0 44
1989 39 0 39
1990 69 0 69
1991 44 0 44
1992 54 0 54
1993 59 0 59
1994 51 0 51
1995 29 0 29
1996 46 0 46
1997 47 0 47
1998 42 0 42
1999 53 0 53
2000 48 0 48
2001 63 0 63
2002 62 0 62
2003 58 0 58
2004 52 0 52
2005 53 0 53
2006 57 0 57
2007 63 0 63
2008 68 0 68
2009 56 0 56
2010 36 0 36
2011 45 0 45
2012 46 0 46
2013 40 0 40
2014 38 0 38
2015 44 0 44

Where is the name Williams popular?

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Popularity of Williams as a first name

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Popularity of Williams as a last name

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Common last names for Williams

  • Evans
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Smith
  • Adams
  • Edwards
  • Davis
  • Collins
  • Simmons
  • Phillips
  • Brown
  • Mullins

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Williams U.S.
  White 45.75% 64.26%
  African American 47.68% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Williams

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

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Fun Facts about the name Williams

  • How Popular is the name Williams? Williams is the 3,375th most popular name of all time. As a last name Williams was the 3rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Williams have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,700 babies born with the first name Williams in the United States. That's more than enough people named Williams to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Williams? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Williams first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Williams is Saturday, August 27th, 1831.
  • What year had the most people named Williams born? The highest recorded use of the first name Williams was in 1950 with a total of 86 babies.
  • Random Williams Factoid: According to the 1986 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Williams is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 1986.
  • Weird things about the name Williams: Your name in reverse order is Smailliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ialwsiml. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Williams? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,625,252 people with the last name Williams.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Williams? Williams was ranked as the 3rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

What Williams's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Williams mean?

Wis for wise, more tomorrow that today.

Iis for intuitive, others should trust your instincts

Lis for lucky, who is more?

Lis for look, the way you look at life.

Iis for instill, the lesson of life.

Ais for angelic, a truly pure heart

Mis for munificent, for you are extremely liberal in giving.

Sis for special, you are, you know!

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  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.