Meaning and name origin
Williams \wi-llia-ms\ as a boy's name is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Williams is "determined protector". Williams is a variant of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will", "desire" and helm meaning "helmet", "protection".
Williams is a very popular first name for males (#596 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Williams for boys. Williams reached its highest rank of #602 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Williams and its source form. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are William (#5) and Williams. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Williamson. This name tends to be less commonly used than Williams.