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is a popular given name of an old Germanic origin.[1] It became very popular in the English language
English language
after the Norman conquest of England in 1066,[2] and remained so throughout the Middle Ages and into the modern era. It is sometimes abbreviated "Wm." Shortened familiar versions in English include Will, Willy, Bill, and Billy. A common Irish form is Liam. Female forms are Willa, Willemina, Willamette, Wilma and Wilhelmina. Etymology[edit]

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comes ultimately from the given name Wilhelm (cf. Old German Wilhelm > German Wilhelm and Old Norse
Old Norse
Vilhjálmr). The Anglo-Saxon form should be *Wilhelm as well (although the Anglo-Saxon
Chronicle refers to William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror
as Willelm).[3] That is a compound of two distinct elements : wil = "will or desire"; helm; Old English
Old English
helm "helmet, protection";[1] > English helm "knight's large helmet". In fact, the form William
is from the Old Norman form Williame, because the English language
English language
should have retained helm. The development to -iam is the result of the diphthongation [iaʷ] + [m] in Old Norman-French, quite similar in Old Central French [eaʷ] + [m] from an early Gallo-Romance form WILLELMU. This development can be followed in the different versions of the name in the Wace's Roman de Rou.[4] The spelling and phonetics Wi- [wi] is a characteristic trait of the Northern French dialects, but the pronunciation changed in Norman from [wi] to [vi] in the 12th century (cf. the Norman surnames Villon and Villamaux "little William"), unlike the Central French and Southern Norman that turned the Germanic Wi- into Gui- [gwi] > [gi]. The Modern French spelling is Guillaume.[5] . The first well-known carrier of the name was Charlemagne's cousin William
of Gellone, a.k.a. Guilhelm, William
of Orange, Guillaume Fierabrace, or William Short-Nose (755–812). This William
is immortalized in the Chanson de Guillaume and his esteem may account for the name's subsequent popularity among European nobility. According to Dutch legend, as recorded by Verstegan (1550 – 1640), William
is originally derived from the Germanic name Gildhelm, meaning "golden helmet" and dates to Roman times. The name was later adapted as the more well known forms of "Wilhelm", and "Guillaume". Verstegen states that Gildhelm was a title of bravery awarded to a German for killing Roman soldiers in battle. The honored soldier was lifted on a shield and a golden helmet of a dead Roman soldier was placed upon his head, and the soldier was honored with the title "Gildhelm", or "golden helmet". With the French the title was Guildhaume, and Since Guillaume. Latin
Guielmus[6][7] "Helm" could also refer to the golden diadem or crown of a king as was common in the later days of the Roman empire. English history[edit] The English "William" is taken from the Anglo- Norman language
Norman language
and was transmitted to England after the Norman Conquest in the 11th Century, and soon became the most popular name in England, along with other Norman names such as Robert
(the English cognate was Hrēodbeorht[8]), Richard, Roger
(the English cognate was Hroðgar[9]), Henry and Hugh (all of Germanic origin, transmitted through the Normans' use of Old French). The name Wilkin is also of medieval origin taken from the shortened version of William
(Will) with the suffix "kin" added.[10][better source needed] Variants[edit]

Viliamu (Samoa) Viliami (Tonga) Whiriyamu (Karanga) Whiliyamu (Ndebele) Wilhelm (German, Polish, Swedish) Willem, Wilhelmus, Wim, Pim, Jelle (Dutch, Frisian, Low German) Willem, Wilhelm (Afrikaans - 'W' pronounced as English 'V') Wiremu (Maori) Willelm (Old English) Wullie, Wully, Weelum, Willum (Scots) Williama (Hawaiian) Wellëm (Luxembourgish) Walaam (Persian) Uiliyom, Wiliyom (Bengali) Wilyem, Wilyom (Sylheti) Billem (Toba Batak) Cuglierme (Neapolitan) Gilen, Guilen (Basque) Gulielmus, Vilhelmus, Willelmus, Gullelmus, Gullielmus, Villelmus (Latin) Guglielmo (Italian) Guillaume (French) Guildhelm (Old Dutch) Guilhem (Occitan) Guillem, Guim (Catalan) Guillén (Aragonese) Guillermo (Spanish) Guilherme (Portuguese) Guillerme (Galician) Gwilym (Welsh) Gwilherm (Breton) Gugghiermu (Sicilian) Gllâome (Modern Norman) Uilliam, Ulliam (Irish) Liam (Irish) Illiam (Manx Gaelic) Uilleam (Scottish Gaelic) وليم (Arabic) Gulielm (Albanian) Уилиам – Uiliam (Bulgarian) װֶעלװֶעל – /ˈvelvel/ (Yiddish) Villem, Villu (Estonian) Уильям – William, Вильям – William, Вильгельм – Vil'gel'm (Russian) Вільгельм – Vil'hel'm (Ukrainian) Уільям - Uil'yam (Belarusian) Villem - Estonian Vilhelm
(Danish, Norwegian, Romanian, Swedish) Vilhelmo (Esperanto) Vilhelms (Latvian) Viliam (Slovak) Viljem (Slovene) ויליאם – /ˈviljam/ (older propronunciation), /ˈwiljam/ (contemporary) (Hebrew) Vilim (Croatian) Vilém (Czech) Vilmos (Hungarian) Viljams, Vilhelms, Vilis (Latvian) Vilius, Viliumas, Vilhelmas (Lithuanian) Viljami, Ville, Vilho, Viljo (Finnish) Vilhjálmur (Icelandic) Vilhjálmur, Viljormur (Faroese)[11] Vilhjálmr (Old Norse) Vilko (Croatian) Vilyam, Vilyım (Turkish) Vėljams (Samogitian) Γουλιέλμος, Ουίλιαμ (Gouliélmos, Uiliam) (Greek) - the latter is the phonetic transliteration of William
to Greek, used when referring to foreigners with that version of the name. Գուլիելմոս (Goulielmós) (Armenian)[12] Vĩnh Liêm (Vietnamese) ウィリアム (Wiriamu) (Japanese) 윌리암 (William) (Korean) 威廉 (Wēilían) (Chinese) – for persons whose original name is in English, German, Dutch, or Afrikaans; for other languages there are other versions.

Shortened names

Bill Billy Gil Will Willy, Willie Gui Guiguille, Guigui (French language) Guille (Spanish) Liam Memo (Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica) Yam

People named William[edit] This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. Royalty[edit] British[edit]

William I of England
William I of England
(1027–1087), a.k.a. William
the Conqueror, or William
the Bastard William II of England
William II of England
(1056–1100), a.k.a. William
Rufus William I of Scotland
William I of Scotland
(c. 1142–1214), a.k.a. William
the Lion William IX, Count of Poitiers
William IX, Count of Poitiers
(1153–1156), first son of Henry II of England William III of England
William III of England
(1650–1702), also William
II of Scotland, a.k.a. William
of Orange William IV of the United Kingdom
William IV of the United Kingdom
(1765–1837), King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
(born 1982), formerly Prince William of Wales, son of Charles, Prince of Wales


William of Gellone
William of Gellone
(c.755–814), Count of Toulouse, canonized a saint William II, Prince of Orange
William II, Prince of Orange
(1626–1650), sovereign Prince of Orange and stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands from 14 March 1647 until his death three years later William IV, Prince of Orange
William IV, Prince of Orange
(1711–1751), first hereditary Stadtholder of all the United Provinces William V, Prince of Orange
William V, Prince of Orange
(1748–1806), last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic

The Netherlands[edit]

William I, Count of Holland
William I, Count of Holland
(1167–1222), Count of Holland William II of Holland
William II of Holland
(1228–1256), also King of Germany William I, Prince of Orange
William I, Prince of Orange
(1533–1584), a.k.a. William
the Silent William II, Prince of Orange
William II, Prince of Orange
(1626–1650), stadtholder of the United Provinces of the Netherlands William III of Orange
William III of Orange
(1650–1702), also William III of England
William III of England
and William
II of Scotland William I of the Netherlands
William I of the Netherlands
(1772–1843), Prince of Orange and the first King of the Netherlands and Grand Duke of Luxembourg William II of the Netherlands
William II of the Netherlands
(1792–1849), King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg William III of the Netherlands
William III of the Netherlands
(1817–1890), King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg


William I of Sicily
William I of Sicily
(1131–1166), a.k.a. William
the Bad or William the Wicked William II of Sicily
William II of Sicily
(1155–1189), a.k.a. William
the Good William III of Sicily
William III of Sicily
(1190–1198), last Norman King of Sicily, reigning briefly for ten months in 1194


I of Bimbia, 19th-century king of the Isubu people William II of Bimbia (died 1882), king of the Isubu people


William II of Villehardouin
William II of Villehardouin
(died 1278), Prince of Achaea William of Werle (died 1436/94-1436), Lord of Werle-Güstrow William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
(1852–1912) William, Prince of Albania
William, Prince of Albania
(1876–1945), from March to September 1914

Pre-modern era[edit] British[edit]

William (bishop of the Isles)
William (bishop of the Isles)
(died 1095), bishop of what later became the Diocese of the Isles William de Corbeil
William de Corbeil
(c. 1070–1136), Archbishop of Canterbury William of Malmesbury
William of Malmesbury
(died 1143), English historian and monk William of Tyre
William of Tyre
(c. 1130–1185), Archbishop of Tyre, chronicler of the Crusades William of Norwich
William of Norwich
(c. 1132–1144), saint and martyr William of York
William of York
(died 1154), Archbishop of York and saint William (bishop of Moray) (died 1162), Roman Catholic bishop in Scotland William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke
William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke
(1146/7-1219), Anglo-Norman soldier and statesman William of Ramsey (fl. 1219), 13th-century English monk and hagiographer William (bishop of Dunblane) (died early 1290s), Tironensian abbot and bishop in the Kingdom of Scotland William Wallace
William Wallace
(died 23 August 1305) was a Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence. William of Ockham
William of Ockham
(1287–1347), English friar and philosopher, originator of Occam's Razor William of Wykeham
William of Wykeham
(1320–1404), Bishop of Winchester, founder of Winchester College and New College, Oxford


William I, Duke of Normandy
William I, Duke of Normandy
(r. 927–942), second Duke of Normandy William of Poitiers (c. 1020–1090), Norman chronicler, chaplain to William
the Conqueror William de St-Calais
William de St-Calais
(died 1096), a.k.a. William
of St. Carilef, Norman abbot, Bishop of Durham William (bishop of Orange) (died 1098), took part in the First Crusade William of Champeaux (1070–1121), French philosopher and theologian William of Conches (c. 1090-c. 1154), French scholastic philosopher, tutor of Henry II of England William of Donjeon (c. 1155–1209), a.k.a. St. William
of Bourges and St. William
the Confessor, French archbishop William the Clerk 13th century Scoto-Norman poet, writer of the Old French Roman de Fergus William the Clerk of Normandy, 13th century Norman cleric and Old French poet William of Auxerre (died 1231), French theologian


William (marcha orientalis) (died 871), 9th century margrave of the March of Pannonia, part of the Carolingian Empire William (archbishop of Mainz) (929–968), German bishop, son of Emperor Otto the Great William of St-Thierry (died 1148), theologian and mystic, abbot of St. Thierry William of Moerbeke (1215–1286), Flemish bishop, translator of philosophical, medical, and scientific texts William Caxton
William Caxton
(c. 1422–c. 1491), English merchant, diplomat, writer and printer, thought to have brought the first printing press into England

Modern era[edit]

William Blake
William Blake
(1757–1827), English poet, painter and printmaker William Bradford (Plymouth Colony governor)
William Bradford (Plymouth Colony governor)
(1590-1657) William Jennings Bryan
William Jennings Bryan
(1860-1925), American orator and politician William F. Buckley Jr.
William F. Buckley Jr.
(1925-2008), American conservative author and commentator William S. Burroughs
William S. Burroughs
(1914-1997), American writer and artist William Calley
William Calley
(born 1943), United States Army officer court-martialed for the Vietnam War My Lai Massacre William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley
William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley
(1520-1598), English statesman, chief advisor of Queen Elizabeth I for most of her reign, Secretary of State and Lord High Treasurer William Conrad
William Conrad
(1920-1994), American actor William Ewart Gladstone
William Ewart Gladstone
(1809-1898), British statesman, four-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom William Halsey Jr.
William Halsey Jr.
(1882-1959), United States Navy fleet admiral known as "Bull" Halsey William Randolph Hearst
William Randolph Hearst
(1863-1951), American businessman, politician, and newspaper publisher William Hogarth
William Hogarth
(1697-1764), English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, social critic and editorial cartoonist William Dean Howells
William Dean Howells
(1837-1920), American novelist, literary critic and playwright William Holden
William Holden
(1918-1981), American actor William Hurt
William Hurt
(born 1950), American actor William Lee (author) (born 1954), Chinese-American writer and ex-gang member William Lyon Mackenzie King
William Lyon Mackenzie King
(1874-1950), Prime Minister of Canada William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
(1779-1848), British statesman, Prime Minister and political mentor to Queen Victoria William Matheson (Gaelic scholar) (1910-1995), Scottish Gaelic scholar, and ordained minister of the Church of Scotland William Matthews (priest)
William Matthews (priest)
(1770–1854), American Catholic priest and President of Georgetown College William Penhaligon (1837-1902), Cornish barber and perfumer William Penn
William Penn
(1644-1718), English real estate entrepreneur, philosopher, early Quaker and founder of the Province of Pennsylvania William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
(1708-1778), British statesman, Prime Minister of Great Britain William Pitt the Younger
William Pitt the Younger
(1759-1806), British statesman, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, son of the above William Saroyan
William Saroyan
(1908-1981), American novelist, playwright and short story writer William H. Seward
William H. Seward
(1801-1872), United States Secretary of State, Governor of New York and senator William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
(1565-1616), English poet, playwright and actor William Shatner
William Shatner
(born 1931), Canadian actor William Tecumseh Sherman
William Tecumseh Sherman
(1820-1891), American Civil War Union general William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft
(1857-1930), 27th President of the United States and 10th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court William Makepeace Thackeray
William Makepeace Thackeray
(1811-1863), British novelist and author William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin
William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin
(1824-1907), Scots-Irish mathematical physicist and engineer William
Turner (other) William M. Tweed
William M. Tweed
(1823-1878), American politician better known as "Boss" Tweed William Westmoreland
William Westmoreland
(1914-2005), United States Army general, commander of American forces in the Vietnam War William Wilberforce
William Wilberforce
(1759-1833), English politician, philanthropist and anti-slavery activist William Carlos Williams
William Carlos Williams
(1883-1963), Puerto Rican poet William Wordsworth
William Wordsworth
(1770–1850), English Romantic poet will.i.am, stage name of American singer/songwriter William
James Adams (born 1975)

Fictional characters[edit]

Brown, main character of the Just William
novel series William
Tell, Swiss folk hero Baby William, son of Dana Scully and Fox Mulder in the American television series, The X-Files William
Joseph "B.J." Blazkowicz, main protagonist of the Wolfenstein (series) William
Bludworth, a character from Final Destination
Final Destination
and Final Destination 2 and Final Destination
Final Destination
5 William
Afton, the killer of children and presumably the main antagonist in the Five Nights at Freddy's
Five Nights at Freddy's


^ a b Hanks, Hardcastle and Hodges, Oxford Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1, p.276. ^ All Things William, Meaning & Origin of the Name, www.allthingswilliam.com/willynilly/name-origin.html ^ Peter S. Baker. " William
the Conqueror". oldenglishaerobics.net.  ^ René Lepelley, Guillaume le duc, Guillaume le rois: extraits du Roman de Rou
Roman de Rou
de Wace, Centre de Publications de l'Université de Caen, 1987, pp. 16–17. ^ Lepelley, pp. 15–17. ^ English Grammar; the English Language in Its Elements and Forms: With a ... By William
Chauncey Fowler, 1868 ^ Words: Their Use and Abuse, By William
Mathews, 1896 ^ "Geocities has shut down". Yahoo Small Business.  ^ Mike Campbell. "Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Roger". Behind the Name.  ^ An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857; pg. 266. ^ List of Faroese male names ^ M. Petrossian (ed.). New Dictionary Armenian-English. Librairie de Beyrouth. 

See also[edit]

Billy (other) Bill (other) Wilhelm (other) William
Street (other) Saint William
(other) King William
(other) All pages beginning with "William"

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