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With so many common names out there, it becomes necessary to call people by alternate names or nicknames. Nicknames help to differentiate them from others with the same name in a conversation, and it is also good for them because they will know when they are being addressed specifically. Some names just have so many nicknames to choose from!
Before I delve into the nicknames for William, it’s always nice to know a bit about the history of where it came from. Whether you’re looking for a baby name or simply trying to find out the meaning behind our very own name, there’s always something to be known about a name! It’s always interesting to see how names have gained their meanings and everything the names went through to get to where they are today. Let’s begin!
William Meaning and Origin
The name William was derived from the original German version of it Willahelm, Wilhelm or Willehelm, which is a compound name, Willeo (meaning will and determination) and Helm (meaning protection), ultimately giving the name the meaning of “resolute protector” or “Strong-willed warrior.”
With such a powerful meaning, how did it evolve to the simpler English version of “William?” The name became popular with the Normans and in England after the first Norman king of England was crowned. His name was William! So not only does the name have a strong and noble meaning behind it, but it also has a history with a touch of royalty! No wonder why it became so popular!
So now that we know a little about where the name William came about, let’s get into the nicknames for William.
Nicknames for William
The name William has many different nicknames that can be used with many spelling variations, making it a perfect candidate for a popular name choice!
The name William is so popular in America and in many other different countries. Currently, the name ranks #24 in popularity for male names and holds a position of the #5 most common name for US male births, according to the Social Security Administration. The name was most popular from 1900-1920, ranking consistently at the #2 most popular name slot, second only to the name John.
The name William became a bit less popular from the 70’s through the 90’s and started making a comeback as a very popular name choice beginning at the turn of the century.
Of course the popularity of the name William goes back before the 1900’s, this is just how far the Social Security Administration's data goes back. Historically, William has been a popular name for a long time, which means there’s many famous people out there with the name, both past and present.
- William Henry Harrison (1841)
- William King (Vice President, 1853)
- William Wheeler (Vice President, 1877)
- William McKinley (1897)
- William Howard Taft (1909)
- William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton (1993)
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More Famous Williams
- William Baldwin: Movie Actor-- Played in Flatliners, Silver, Fair Game, and also made an appearance in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Parenthood.
- William Clark: Explorer
- William Henry “Bill” Gates III: Co-founder of Microsoft corporation
- William Fichtner: Movie Actor-- Played in Armageddon, TMNT, The Dark Knight, and others
- William Levy: TV Actor
- William Macy: Movie Actor-- Appeared in Fargo and pleasantville. Plays the role of Frank in HBO series Shameless
- William Shakespeare: Famous poet and playwright
- William Shatner: TV Actor
This is a very narrow list of the famous people with the name of “William.” The list can go on and on if I let it but I must wrap it up here!
In summary, William is a timeless name of power, leadership, and royalty. This is one of those names when you really can’t go wrong! As time ticks on and names become modernized with the times, nicknames can always be modified to suit the times, thus keeping this name a great choice for a very long time to come!
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
will on June 24, 2020:
William Higdon on January 21, 2017:
first of all i didnt know my name meant alot if things like that! A good nick names for williams that I like are
2.Will the Thrill
there is also some songs with songs with the name in it like
Willy Willy Willy wont go home is one i can name off of my head ( https://youtu.be/z13a4uky600?t=50s )
Jennifer Mugrage from Columbus, Ohio on January 14, 2017:
There is also a flower called "Sweet William" and a sad English folk song where the romantic hero is named William.
There is also the Welsh version - Gwylm - I think I am spelling it wrong - similar to Guillermo.
MasterDripper on March 18, 2016:
yes will.i.am - thanks for the background...