Bill is a variant of Billy (English and German).
Bill is also a shortening of William (English and French) in the English and German languages.
Billie (diminutive in English) is a variant of the name.
See also the related category german.
Bill is unusual as a baby boy name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1934 with 0.333% of baby boys being named Bill. It had a ranking of #59 then. The baby name has substantially dropped in popularity since then, and is of only very light use today. In 2018, among the family of boy names directly related to Bill, William was the most frequently used.
† Pronunciation for Bill: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Bill:
Actor Bill Bixby, born 22 January 1934 - 21 November 1993, San Francisco, California.
Actor Bill Cosby, born William Henry Cosby, Jr. 12 July 1937, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor Bill Murray, born 21 September 1950, Wilmette, Illinois.
Business Personality Bill Gates, born William Gates III 28 October 1955, Seattle, Washington.
Cartoonist Bill Watterson, born 5 July 1958.
Comedian Bill Maher, born 20 January 1956, New York, New York.
Country Musician Bill Monroe, born William Smith Monroe 13 September 1911 - 9 September 1996, Rosine, Kentucky.
Game Show Host Bill Cullen, born 18 February 1920 - 7 July 1990, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Guitarist Bill Frisell, born 18 March 1951, Baltimore, Maryland.
Pianist Bill Evans, born 16 August 1929 - 15 September 1980, Plainfield, New Jersey.