The name William is of English origin. |
The meaning of William is "determined protector".
generally used as a boy's name.
It consists of 7 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Wi-lli-am.
In 2012, it ranked 5 out of the top 1000 most popular U.S. boys names.
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William is a form of the earlier name Wilhelm which in turn may have its origins in an earlier form of the name.
Introduced to Britain by the Normans, the name William is composed of two elements. Wil meaning will or determination and helm meaning helmet or protection, guardian.
The names Gilen, Gillermo, Guglielmo, Guilermo, Guilherme, Guillaume, Guillelmina, Guillermo, Gulielma, Gwilherm, Gwilym, Helmina, Liam, Lyam, Uilleam, Uilliam, Vilem, Vilhelm, Vilhelmas, Vilhelmi, Vilhelmo, Vilhjalmur, Viliam, Viljami, Viljem, Vilmos, Vilppu, Willem, Williamon, Wiremu are all forms of William.
William has the diminutives (nicknames) Bill, Bille, Billy, Vilcjo, Wiley, Wilkie, Will, Willie, Willy, Wilmot.
William falls into the easy nickname name category.
Some famous bearers of this name include: William Clark, William Taft, William Clinton, William Faulkner, William Shakespeare.
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English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.
Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.
The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.