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Billy (boy)

What does Billy mean?

Billy Pronunciation of Billy [bil-ly] as a name for boys (also used less regularly as girls' name Billy) is of English and Old German origin. Billy is a version of Bill (English): variant for William.


Billy has 1 variant: Billie.

12 more different relations via Bill, William: Bille, Byll, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Will, Willem, Willi, Willie, Willis, Wills and Willy.

Creative forms:
(male) Belly, Boly, ..

(female) Bilce, Bildy, ..

Middle name pairings:
Billy Vaughn (B.V.), ..

How popular is Billy?

Billy is a very prominent first name for men (#73 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#9147 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Billy reached its peak rank of #20 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, and is presently at #809. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Bill, Billie, Wiley (#1321 via latest list), Will (#834), Willem, William (#5), Willie (#775), Willis (#1985) and Willy are the prominent related forms of Billy (#809 via latest list) listed in the Top 2000. These relations of Billy were popular during 1880-1889 (average #576) and are now much less popular (#1372, 90.3% less usage), with versions such as Willie becoming less in vogue.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Billy is pronounced similarly to Bailee, Bailey, Bailie, Baillee, Baillie, Baily, Bala, Baley, Balu, Bayley and Bayly. Other suggested similar names are Bailby (see Balbo), Baxly, Bell, Bijay, Bilal, Binky, Birky, Birley, Birly, Birny (see Birney), Bly, Bosly, Briley, Brily (see Briley), Brinly, Bryly (see Briley), Cully, Hilly, Kelly, Linly, Philly, Reilly, Ridly (see Ridley), Riply (see Ripley), Risly (see Risley), Rolly, Sully, Tully and Wally. These names tend to be less frequently used than Billy.