William
Origin/Usage
Germanic
Pronunciation
WIL-ee-əm/WIL-yəm
Meaning
Strong mind and protection
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William originates in Germanic languages and means "strong mind and protection". It became a popular masculine given name in England after William the Conqueror was recognized as the first Norman king of England. Since then, the name has been extremely popular within royalty, borne by various kings and rulers. In the United States its popularity dropped in the 1970s, but started gaining it back in the new millennium and is currently one of parents’ most favorite boy’s names.

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Famous Williams

William Campbell - golfer
William McKinley - former US President
William Shatner - actor
William Harrison - former US President
William Taft - former US President
William Faulkner - author
William Jefferson Clinton - former US President
William Baldwin - actor

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