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What does Wilhelm mean?

Wilhelm \wi-lhe-lm, wil-helm\ as a boys' name. Wilhelm's root is Old German, and Wilhelm means "determined protector". Wilhelm is a form of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".


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

Wilhelm has 1 feminine form: Gulielma.


Wilhelm is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#1666 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Wilhelm for boys. Wilhelm reached its highest position of #606 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Liam (#2 in 2014), William (#5), Wilson (#594), Guillermo (#678), Willie (#722), Will (#763), Billy (#794), Willy, Wilmer, Billie, Willis, Wiley, Williams and Bill are the popular alternative forms of Wilhelm rated in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the apex of their popularity during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.5873%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.2295%, down 60.9%), with versions like Billy, Will, Guillermo, Willie and Wilson falling out of fashion. Liam (#2) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the boy name Wilhelm and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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.