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What does Liam mean?

Liam Pronunciation of Liam [liam] as a boys' name is pronounced LEE-am. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Liam is "determined protector". Irish Gaelic form of William. Actor Liam Neeson.

Associated with: determined (faithful), protector (defender).


Liam has 1 variant: Lyam.

3 more different relations via William: Bill, Will and Wim.

Creative forms:
(male) Lial, Litam, ..

(female) Liami, Lity, ..

Middle name pairings:
Liam Dillon (L.D.), ..

How popular is Liam?

Liam is a rare given name for men but a somewhat popular surname for all people (#116835 out of 150436, Top 78%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Liam entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #2 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. William (#5 from current records), Will (#834), Lyam (#1666) and Bill are the prominent related forms of Liam (#2 from current records). These relations of Liam were popular as baby names 135 years ago (average #847) and have become much less popular since (#901, 78%), with versions such as Will becoming somewhat dated. Liam is the most trendy baby name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Liam, Bill, Lyam, Will, William in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Liam is pronounced similarly to Lem. Other recommended names are Adam, Aram, Azam, Bram, Cam, Cram, Eilam, Elam, Eliam, Gilam, Gram, Ham, Hiram, Isam, Kam, Kram, La-, Lad, Lea, Lief, Lige, Lin, Linc, Lind, Link, Linn, Lino, Lion, Noam, Ram, Sam and Tam. These names tend to be more commonly used than Liam.

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