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What does Willem mean?

Willem Pronunciation of Willem [willem] as a name for boys is of Old German origin, and Willem means "determined protector". Willem is a Dutch form of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".

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


Willem has 24 different relations via William: Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Vilhelm, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelm, Wilkes, Wilkie, Will, Willi, Williams, Willie, Willis, Willkie, Wills, Willson, Willy, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilson and Wim.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Walem, Wallem, ..

(female) Willemmi, Wilmi, ..

How popular is Willem?

Willem is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for all people (#70906 out of 150436, Top 47%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shown below is the baby name history of Willem for boys. Willem was first listed in 1994 and reached its top position of #1208 in the U.S. in 2003, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Shown below is an analysis of the history of Willem and related names. Bill, Billie, Billy (#809 the previous year), Wiley (#1321), Wilhelm, Wilkie, Will (#834), William (#5), Williams, Willie (#775), Willis (#1985), Willy, Wilmer (#1575), Wilmot and Wilson (#620) are the popular variation forms of Willem appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Villem, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Willem was more pronounced in the 1880s (adoption of 9.21%) and is now much reduced (adoption 0.92%, 90% less).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Willem, Bill, Billie, Billy, Wiley in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilhelm, Wilkie, Will, William, Williams in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Willem is alike in pronunciation to Alem and Eilam. Other recommended names are Clem, Dillen, Gillen, Gilles, Gilley, Hallem, Hillel, Hiller, Millen, Miller, Saleem, Salem, Wadley, Walden, Walder, Waleed, Walker, Wallas, Waller, Wallie, Wallis, Wally, Walter, Warley, Waylen, Webley, Welbey (see Welby), Welden, Wellbey (see Welby), Wellby, Wells, Wesley, Whitley, Wickley, Wil, Wilber, Wilbert, Wilbur, Wild, Wilde, Wilder, Wilfred, Willard, Willbur, Willerd, Willes, Willess, Willet, Willets, Willett, Willey, Willfred, Williss, Willkes, Willmar (see Wilmer), Willmer, Wilmar, Wilton, Windom, Winter, Wister, Wole, Wolfe, Wrisley, Wulfe, Wyler, Wylie and Wylmer. These names tend to be more commonly used than Willem.

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