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Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. VIL-helm(German)
VYEEL-khelm(Polish)
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Meaning & History

German cognate of WILLIAM. This was the name of two German emperors. It was also the middle name of several philosophers from Germany: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831), Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900), and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716), who was also a notable mathematician.
VariantWillahelm(Ancient Germanic)
DiminutivesWilli, Willy, Wim(German)
Feminine FormsWilhelmina, Wilhelmine, Elma, Helma, Helmine, Minna, Wilma(German)
Other Languages & CulturesGwilherm(Breton) Guillem(Catalan) Vilim, Vilko(Croatian) Vilém(Czech) Vilhelm(Danish) Wilhelmus, Willem, Jelle, Liam, Pim, Wil, Willy, Wim(Dutch) William, Bill, Billie, Billy, Liam, Wil, Will, Willie, Willy(English) Vilhelmo, Vilĉjo(Esperanto) Villem(Estonian) Vilhelm, Viljami, Jami, Vilhelmi, Vilho, Vili, Viljo, Ville(Finnish) Guillaume, Liam, Lyam(French) 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) Guilherme(Portuguese) Uilleam(Scottish) Viliam(Slovak) Viljem, Vili, Vilko(Slovene) Guillermo(Spanish) Vilhelm, Liam, Ville(Swedish) Gwilym, Gwil, Gwilim, Gwillym(Welsh)

Sources & References

  • Ernst Förstemann, Altdeutsches namenbuch (1900), page 1602

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