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What does Williams mean?

Williams Pronunciation of Williams [williams] as a name for boys is an Old German name, and the meaning of Williams is "determined protector". Williams is a version of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".

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


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

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Middle name pairings:
Williams Savion (W.S.), ..

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)

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)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy 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.

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.

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