William: baby boy name meaning and popularity

William

From the Germanic name Wilhelm, “wil” meaning “will or desire” and “helm” meaning “helmet protection.” This is more than just a name meaning; it’s sound parenting advice: because if you are having a little boy, a helmet is most definitely a good idea.

Nicknames:

Will, Wills, Willy (ie?), Bill, Billy, Liam.

Famous people named William:

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge; writers William Faulkner and William Shakespeare; 27th U.S. President William Howard Taft; founder of Microsoft, William “Bill” Gates.

Fun facts:

It’s not just a name for old Presidents and playwrights — it’s a name for hunky movie stars, such as William Bradley “Brad” Pitt.

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