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What does Will mean?

Will Pronunciation of Will [will] as a boys' name is of Old English, Old German and English origin, and the name Will means "desiring peace; determined protector". Will is a variant form of Wilfred (Old English). Will is also a form of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will". Will is also used as a form of Willie (English) and Willis (Old English). See also Bill.

Associated with: old english, peace, determined (faithful), protector (defender).


Will has 1 variant: Wil.

24 more alternative forms via Wilfred, William, Willie, Willis: Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Liam, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelm, Wilkes, Wilkie, Willem, Willes, Willess, Willi, Williss, Willkie, Wills, Willson, Willy, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilson and Wim.

Creative forms:
(male) Wall, Wyll, ..

(female) Willt, Wily, ..

Middle name pairings:
Will Frankie (W.F.), ..

How popular is Will?

Will is a very prominent first name for men (#503 out of 1220, Top 41%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#2514 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Will reached its peak rank of #26 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is currently at #834. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Will (#834 a year ago) ranked in the Top 2000 are Bill, Billie, Billy (#809 a year ago), Liam (#2), Wiley (#1321), Wilfred, Wilhelm, Wilkie, Willem, William (#5), Willie (#775), Willis (#1985), Willy, Wilmer (#1575), Wilmot and Wilson (#620). These relations of Will were popular with parents during the years 1900-1909 (median #780) and are now significantly less widespread (#1407, down 73.5%), with forms like Billie becoming less in vogue. Liam is the most fashionable baby name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Will, Bill, Billie, Billy, Liam in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wiley, Wilfred, Wilhelm, Wilkie, Willem in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of William, Willie, Willis, Willy, Wilmer in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilmot, Wilson in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Will is alike in pronunciation to Al, Euell, Ewell, Ole, Olle, Ull, Wole, Yael, Yale, Yoel and Yule. Other suggested similar names are Axill, Bell, Byll, Chill, Coll, Dell, Gaill, Gall, Gill, Hall, Hill, Kell, Neill, Niall, Noll, Pall, Pell, Poll, Sill, Till, Vaill, Wald, Wally, Walt, Wells, Wick, Wild, Wilde, Willet, Willey, Win, Winn, Witt, Wolf and Wulf. These names tend to be less commonly used than Will.

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