Rank 6th Boy Name ๐Ÿ”ฅ Popular

In 2022, the name William was 6th most popular baby name for boys and 12th most popular baby name overall. In 2022, 11,289 babies were named William in the United States.

In 2022, 1 out of every 298 babies in the United States were named William. In a classroom of 30 students, there is approximately a 9.6% chance that another student would have the same name. Today, the average age of someone named William is around 52 to 58 years old.

The name "William" is very common.

Nicknames for William include Will, Bill and Billy.

William Meaning & Origin

The name William is of Germanic origin and it means "resolute protector", symbolizing strong and determined leadership.

The name William is described as respected, strong and creative.


William is pronounced wil-lee-am in English. The name William has 7 letters and 3 or 4 syllables, depending on pronunciation.

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Name Trends (1972 to Present)

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Fun Facts about William

  • The name William has been borne by four kings of England.

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Where is the name William most popular!? Popularity can vary a lot between regions. This map shows the relative popularity of a name in each state.

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