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What does Williams mean?

Williams /wil-li-ams/ as a name for boys. Williams' name origin is Old German, and the meaning of Williams is "determined protector". Williams is a version, with the suffix -s, of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".

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


Williams has 6 related forms via William: Willem, Willi, Williamson, Willie, Willis and Wills.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Walams, Walliams, ..

(female) Willida, Willilo, ..

How popular is Williams?

Williams is a very prominent first name for males (#596 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#3 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Williams for boys. Williams reached its apex rank of #604 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Williams and corresponding names. William (#5 the previous year), Willie (#722), Willem (#1731) and Willis (#1873) are the popular variation forms of Williams. Other variants, like Willi, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Williams was widespread a century ago (average #566) and is now significantly reduced (#1266, 86% less usage), with forms such as Willis becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Williams, Willem, William, Willie, Willis in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Recommended names are Cillian, Gillian, Gillies, Gillis, Gilliss, Hilliard, Hilliary, Killian, Villiers, Wallace, Wallach, Wallas, Wallie, Wallis, Waltham, Wells, Wickham, Wilhelm, Wilhelmus, Wilkes, Wilkie, Wilkins, Will, Willard, Willbur, Willerd, Willes, Willess, Willet, Willets, Willett, Willey, Willfred, Willfrid, Willfryd, Willhelmus, Williss, Williston, Willkes, Willkie, Willkins (see Wilkinson), Willmar (see Wilmer), Willmer, Willson, Willy, Wilmar, Windham, Wolfram and Wulfram. These names tend to be less commonly used than Williams.