William - Meaning of William

What does William mean?

[ 2 syll. wi-(l)liam, wil-li-am ] The baby girl name William is also used as a boy name, with the latter form being far more popular. It is pronounced as WIHLYahM †. William's language of origin is English. The meaning of William is 'determined guardian'. See William for more information.

William is an unusual baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1928 with 0.029% of baby girls being named William. It was #367 in rank then. The baby name has steeply slipped in popularity since then, and is of only irregular use today. Among all girl names in its family, William was nevertheless the most widely used in 2018. In the last century William has primarily been a boy name. In 1987, 138 times more boys than girls were given the name William.

Baby names that sound like William include Wileen, Willeen, Willene (English), Williemae (English), Willone, Wilma (English, German, Italian, and Scottish), Wilone, Wylone, Wilhelmi (English), Wilhemine, Wilmanie, Wehilani (Hawaiian), Wilhelmina (Dutch, English, German, and Polish), Wilhelmine (Dutch, English, French, and German), Willemina (English), and Williamina (Latinized and Scottish).

† English pronunciation for William: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; Y as in "you (Y.UW)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)"



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