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Meaning & History

Short form of WILLIAM. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been influenced by an earlier Irish pronunciation of the name. Famous bearers include basketball player Bill Russell (1934-), comedian Bill Cosby (1937-), American president Bill Clinton (1946-), and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (1955-).
VariantsWil, Will, Willie, Willy
DiminutivesBillie, Billy
Feminine FormWilhelmina
Other Languages & CulturesWilhelm, Willahelm Ancient Germanic Gwilherm Breton Guillem Catalan Vilim, Vilko Croatian Vilém Czech Vilhelm Danish Wilhelmus, Willem, Jelle, Pim, Wil, Willy, Wim Dutch Vilhelmo, Vilĉjo Esperanto Villem Estonian Vilhelm, Viljami, Jami, Vilhelmi, Vilho, Vili, Viljo, Ville Finnish Guillaume French Wilhelm, Willi, Willy, Wim German Vilmos, Vili Hungarian Vilhjálmur Icelandic Uilliam, Liam, Uilleag, Ulick Irish Guglielmo Italian Vilhelms, Vilis Latvian Wöllem, Wullem, Wum Limburgish Vilhelmas Lithuanian Illiam Manx Wiremu Maori Wilkin, Wilky, Wilmot Medieval English Vilhelm Norwegian Wilhelm Polish Guilherme Portuguese Uilleam Scottish Viliam Slovak Viljem, Vili, Vilko Slovene Guillermo Spanish Vilhelm, Ville Swedish Gwilym, Gwil, Gwilim, Gwillym Welsh


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Entry updated August 26, 2016   Contribute