Bill reached its peak rank of #62 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not ranked currently. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Liam (#2 LAST YEAR), William (#5), Willie (#775), Billy (#809), Will (#834), Wiley (#1321), Willis (#1985), Willy, Billie and Willem are the popular varying forms of Bill. These relations of Bill were popular as baby names a century ago (AVERAGE #705) and have become significantly less popular since (#1248, DOWN 80%), with forms like Billie becoming somewhat outmoded. William has been the most well-known version, although Liam appears to be gaining favor too.
Bill▼ is pronounced similarly to Bail, Bale, Beal, Beale, Beall, Bealle, Bell, Buel, Buell and Buhl. Other suggested similar names are Axill, Baily, Bala, Bald, Balu, Berl, Bibi, Bid, Bidal, Biff, Bilal, Bing, Binh, Bird, Birk, Birly, Bly, Brily (see Briley), Burl▼, Chill, Coll, Dell▼, Gaill, Gall, Gill, Hall, Hill, Kell, Neill, Niall, Noll, Pall, Pell, Poll, Sill, Till, Ull and Vaill. These names tend to be less commonly used than Bill.