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Liam Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The Irish name Liam is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Liam is "determined protector".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 2 in baby name popularity for boys with 18342 occurrences.  It ranked 4489 in popular baby names for girls with 32 occurrences. 

View the Liam Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Liam has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Liam to other names.


Introduced to Britain by the Normans, the name William is an Anglicized form of the German name Wilhelm.

It is derived from the Germanic elements Wil meaning "will or determination" and helm meaning "helmet or protection, guardian".

One of a number of names introduced to Britain by the Normans, William was and still remains one of the most popular names in Britain. It was the most common boy name in the first century after the Conquest, and was second only to the name John during the Middle Ages.

The name William is used by the royal families of Britain, Germany and the Netherlands.

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What will your new little Liam be like?

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Related Names

Liam is a Irish form of the name William.

Variants of the name Liam include Lyam.

Other Tidbits

Some famous bearers of this name include: Liam Neeson, Liam Gallagher.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Liam in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Liam.

Just for fun, see the name Liam in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Liam in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.