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Billy (girl)

What does Billy mean?

Billy Pronunciation of Billy as a name for girls (also used more commonly as boys' name Billy) has its roots in Old English and Old German, and the meaning of the name Billy is "determined protector". Billy is a version of Billie (Old English): originally a diminutive for William. Billy is also a derivative of Wilhelmina (Old German).


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, determined, protector (defender)


VARIANTS Billye, Billi, Billey, Billee, Bilee

RELATIONS VIA BILLIE, WILHELMINA Billa, Billina, Minny, Vilma, Willa, Willie, Willy, Wilma, Wilna


(female) Bealy, ..

(male) Bilbo, ..

Billy Asha (B.A.), ..

How popular is Billy?

Billy is a very prominent first name for females (#1481 out of 4276, Top 35%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#9147 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Billy entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #648 in the U.S. during 1930-1939, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Willa (#384 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Billie (#1471), Wilhelmina (#1670), Billi, Billye, Vilma, Willie, Wilma and Wilna are the popular related forms of Billy ranked in the Top 2000. These forms of Billy were at the height of their popularity 98 years ago (USAGE OF 0.88%) and are now much less popular (USAGE 0.06%, 93% LESS). Billie is the continual favorite, though Willa is currently the more favored form, while versions like Wilma are no longer trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Billy, Billi, Billie, Billye, Vilma in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilhelmina, Willa, Willie, Wilma, Wilna in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Billie, Vilma, Wilma outside U.S.

Similar Names

Billy is alike in pronunciation to Baila, Bailee, Bailei, Bailey, Bailie, Bailley, Baillie, Bailly, Baily, Bali, Bayla, Bayley, Bayly, Belia, Bella, Beula, Beyla, Bulah and Byla. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ally, Bell, Belle, Biddy, Biffy, Bindy, Binny, Birdy, Bizzy, Briley, Brily, Bryly (see Briley), Cally, Cilly, Colly, Delly, Dolly, Eily, Elly, Emilly, Gilly, Hally, Hilly, Holly, Jilly, Jully, Kally, Kelly, Lally, Lilly, Lily, Lolly, Mally, Melly, Milly, Molly, Nelly, Philly, Polly, Reilly, Sally, Tally, Tilly, Tully, Vally and Wally. These names tend to be less frequently used than Billy.

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