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What does Liam mean?

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.


Liam has 1 variant: Lyam.

Liam has 33 more different forms via William: Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Guglielmo, Guillaume, Guillermo, Vilhelm, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelm, Wilhelmus, Wilkes, Wilkie, Wilkinson, Will, Willem, Willhelmus, Willi, Williams, Williamson, Willie, Willis, Willkie, Wills, Willson, Willy, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilmott, Wilson and Wim.


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. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Liam for boys. Liam entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #2 in the U.S. in 2014. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Liam name in U.S.

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Liam and affiliated names. William (#5 the previous year), Wilson (#594), Guillermo (#678), Willie (#722), Will (#763), Billy (#794), Willy, Wilmer, Billie, Willis, Wilhelm, Wiley, Williams and Bill are the prominent related forms of Liam (#2 the previous year). These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1920-1929 (usage of 0.5873%) and have become much less popular since (usage 0.2295%, down 60.9%), with versions such as Billy, Will, Guillermo, Willie and Wilson becoming somewhat dated. Liam (#2) is the most trendy baby name in this compilation. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bill, Billie, Billy, Guillermo, Liam, Wiley, Wilhelm, Will, William, Williams in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Willie, Willis, Willy, Wilmer, Wilson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Liam is pronounced similarly to Lem. Other recommended similar baby names are Lin, Linn, Lino and Lion. These names tend to be more commonly used than Liam.