Meaning and name origin
Wilhelm \wi-lhe-lm, wil-helm\ as a boy's name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Wilhelm is "determined protector". Wilhelm is a variant of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will", "desire" and helm meaning "helmet", "protection".
There is 1 feminine form of Wilhelm: Gulielma.
Wilhelm is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2221 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Wilhelm for boys. Wilhelm reached its highest rank of #606 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Wilhelm and its source form. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are William (#5) and Wilhelm. (2014 statistics).