William

William - A very popular male name



  Jul 23,2019      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

William, meaning resolute protection, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #3. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named William and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name William? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name William. The baby boy name William was given to 16,726 baby boys in 2012, ranking #5 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 98 baby boys were given this name - making this a very popular male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. William peaked in popularity 108 years ago in 1911 on position 2.



Famous with this name

William Shatner
William Nicholson
William Franklyn-Miller


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Rating: 4/5 (13 people)


William is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? William is currently topping the baby name charts in Alabama at position #1 - and is the least popular in California at position #31.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique William is where you live.


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  • BabyNameScience.com - Baby Name ExpertA few moments ago
    Looking for a popular and unique name? Just because William is a popular baby name it doesn't mean that every other kid on the block will have the same name. In fact, assuming that little William goes to a school with 500 kids there will actually be less than 3 other boys in that school with the same name. Unique and popular!

William origin and meaning

William is a 7 letter name with 3 syllables. This name means resolute protection. To see famous people named William, pop culture references for the name William and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to William

We've found the following names that sound similar to William, sorted by popularity.

Waylon / Willem / Willian / Willam / Wilhelm / Waylen / Willaim / Waylan / Wiliam / Wilmon /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
20125
20113
20105
20095
20088
20078
200610
200511
20048
200311
200211
200110
200011
199914
199814
199719
199618
199520
199419
199318
199220
199119
199016
198915
198816
198715
198615
198516
198416
198316
198215
198115
198014
197913
197813
197712
197611
197510
197410
19739
19729
19717
19707
19696
19686
19676
19666
19656
19647
19637
19627
19617
19607
19597
19586
19576
19566
19556
19546
19536
19526
19516
19505
19494
19484
19474
19464
19454
19444
19434
19424
19414
19404
19394
19384
19374
19364
19354
19344
19334
19324
19314
19304
19294
19284
19274
19264
19253
19243
19233
19223
19213
19202
19192
19182
19172
19162
19152
19142
19132
19122
19112
19103

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
District of Columbia1
South Carolina1
Mississippi1
Georgia1
Tennessee1
North Carolina1
Utah1
Virginia1
Alabama1
Kentucky1
Arkansas1
Minnesota2
Missouri2
Montana2
Idaho2
Nebraska2
Kansas3
Louisiana3
Ohio3
Iowa4
Wyoming4
Massachusetts4
Colorado4
Oregon4
South Dakota5
New Hampshire6
Indiana6
Maryland7
Delaware8
Alaska8
Wisconsin8
Oklahoma10
Illinois11
Nevada11
Maine11
Connecticut11
Rhode Island12
North Dakota12
Washington12
Michigan12
Pennsylvania12
West Virginia14
Texas16
Florida18
Hawaii19
Vermont21
New York22
Arizona22
New Jersey29
New Mexico30
California31

Even more about William


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is William a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very popular male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name William?

3 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1911
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name William
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 98
Letter count 7
Syllable count 3
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +16,726

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