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What does Wilhelm mean?

Wilhelm Pronunciation of Wilhelm as a boys' name has its root in Old German, and Wilhelm means "determined protector". Wilhelm is a German form of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will".


ASSOCIATED WITH determined (faithful), protector (defender)


RELATIONS VIA WILLIAM Vilhelm, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelmus, Wilkes, Will, Willem, Willhelmus, Willi, Wills, Willy, Wilmer




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How popular is Wilhelm?

Wilhelm is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent last name for all people (#1666 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Wilhelm entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #921 in the U.S. then, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

William (#3 IN 2018), Will (#892), Wiley (#1437), Wilmer (#1682), Willem and Willy are the popular alternative forms of Wilhelm rated in the Top 2000. These forms of Wilhelm were at the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 (USAGE OF 8.4%) and have become much less widespread since (USAGE 0.83%, 90.1% LESS).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilhelm, Wiley, Will, Willem, William in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Willy, Wilmer in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Kenhelm, Wilber, Wilbert, Wilde, Wilder, Willerd, Willes, Willess, Willet, Willets, Willett and Willey. These names tend to be more frequently used than Wilhelm.

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