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What does Williams mean?

Williams \wi-llia-ms\ as a name for boys. Williams' name origin is Old German, and the meaning of Williams is "determined protector". Williams is a derivative of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".


Williams has 33 related forms via William: Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Guglielmo, Guillaume, Guillermo, Liam, Vilhelm, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelm, Wilhelmus, Wilkes, Wilkie, Wilkinson, Will, Willem, Willhelmus, Willi, Williamson, Willie, Willis, Willkie, Wills, Willson, Willy, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilmott, Wilson and Wim.


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. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Williams for boys. Williams reached its apex rank of #602 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 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. Liam (#2 the previous year), William (#5), Wilson (#594), Guillermo (#678), Willie (#722), Will (#763), Billy (#794), Willy, Wilmer, Billie, Willis, Wilhelm, Wiley and Bill are the popular variation forms of Williams. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.5873%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.2295%, down 60.9%), with forms such as Billy, Will, Guillermo, Willie and Wilson becoming somewhat dated. Liam (#2) is the most trendy birth name in this compilation. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Bill, Billie, Billy, Guillermo, Liam, Wiley, Wilhelm, Will, William, Williams in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Willie, Willis, Willy, Wilmer, Wilson in U.S.

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