What does Williams mean?
Williams [williams] as a name for boys is an Old German name, and the meaning of Williams is "determined protector". Williams is a version, with the suffix -s, of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".
(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)
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, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source form and related boy names. Below is a graphed study of the ranking of Williams and corresponding names. William (#5 the previous year), Willie (#775), Willis (#1985) and Willem 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 (#1353, 87% less usage), with forms such as Willis becoming somewhat dated.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.