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What does Vilhelm mean?

Vilhelm Pronunciation of Vilhelm [vil-helm] as a boys' name is of Old German derivation, and the meaning of the name Vilhelm is "determined protector". Vilhelm is a variant form of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".

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


4 alternative forms via William: Villem, Wilhelm, Wilhelmus and Willem.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Vilhelm Rio (V.R.), ..

How popular is Vilhelm?

Vilhelm is an uncommon first name for men. Vilhelm is an equally unique surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. William (#5 in recent rankings), Willem and Wilhelm are the prominent varying forms of Vilhelm (outside Top 2000) ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Vilhelm were favored as birth names in the 1880s (median #974) and have become much less widespread since (#1335, down 89%). (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilhelm, Willem, William in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Kenhelm, Vachel, Vachell (see Vachel) and Videl. Like Vilhelm, these names are not commonly used.

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