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ˈwɪl yəmwilliam

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  1. Williamnoun

    popular since the Norman Conquest.

  2. Etymology: From Willame, from Willahelm, from willo + helm.


  1. William

    William is a male given name of Germanic origin. It became very popular in the English language after the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and remained so throughout the Middle Ages and into the modern era. It is sometimes abbreviated "Wm." Shortened familiar versions in English include Will, Wills, Willy, Willie, Bill, and Billy. A common Irish form is Liam. Scottish diminutives include Wull, Willie or Wullie (as in Oor Wullie or the play Douglas). Female forms are Willa, Willemina, Wilma and Wilhelmina.


  1. William

    William is a masculine given name derived from the Germanic language, commonly meaning "strong-willed warrior" or "protector." It has been a popular name throughout history and is of English origin. It has multiple variants and nicknames, such as Bill, Billy, Will, or Willy.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, William is ranked #2694 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The William surname appeared 13,373 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname William.

    53.6% or 7,171 total occurrences were Black.
    35.2% or 4,707 total occurrences were White.
    4.2% or 562 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.5% or 476 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.3% or 318 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 140 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'william' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1178

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'william' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2823

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of william in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of william in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of william in a Sentence

  1. Meghan Markle:

    Although Meghan has had a successful career in acting, I believe she will quit the profession, she has longstanding philanthropic interests that are compatible with Prince Harry's, so I would expect her to promote the charity initiatives of William Hanson, Harry, and Kate, including mental health awareness, wildlife conservation, and problems to help armed forces veterans, especially those injured in battle. The dynamic trio will become a dynamic quartet.

  2. Rudy Giuliani:

    They don't have to exonerate him, Attorney General William Barr got ta prove he's guilty, even for impeachment.

  3. Prince Charles:

    I think Prince Charles would be flexible because the core focus would be on William and his family, and Meghan and Harry are further down the totem pole.

  4. Associated Press:

    My father used to say to me, when I was younger, he used to say to both William and I, 'Well, it was like that for me. So it's going to be like that for you.' That doesn't make sense — just because you suffered it doesn't mean that your kids have to suffer, in fact, quite the opposite. If you suffered, do everything you can to make sure that whatever negative experiences that you had, that you can make it right for your kids.

  5. Chris Coons:

    I am concerned about comments that William Barr has made in the past that fail to appreciate the problems created by mass incarceration and the racial inequities in the criminal justice system, the President's nominee for attorney general should demonstrate in his hearing next week that he will fully and efficiently implement the First Step Act.

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