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What does Bill mean?

Bill Pronunciation of Bill [bill] as a boys' name is pronounced bil. It is of English origin. Nickname for William, used occasionally as an independent name. Before mid 19th century, Will was the more common nickname. Billie and Billy are pet forms, though Billie is frequently used for girls. Country-western singer Billy Ray Cyrus; singer Billy Joel; actors Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Bill Bixby, Billy Crudup, Billy Bob Thornton; designer Bill Blass.

Associated with: 19th century.


Bill has 3 variants: Billie, Billy and Byll.

14 more different relations via Will, William: Bille, Liam, Villem, Wil, Wilek, Wiley, Will, Willem, Willi, Willie, Willis, Wills, Willy and Wim.

Creative forms:
(male) Boll, Boyll, ..

(female) Bila, Bilie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bill Said (B.S.), ..

How popular is Bill?

Bill is a very popular first name for males (#159 out of 1220, Top 13%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#4994 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Bill reached its peak rank of #62 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bill name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bill outside U.S.

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bill, Billie, Billy, Liam, Wiley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Will, Willem, William, Willie, Willis, Willy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Billy, Liam, Will, William outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.