What does Will mean?
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.
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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.