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In the Netherlands this name can also be a name for a girl. When it is a girl's name, it is a short/pet form of Wilhelmina (female and Dutch/German version of William).
-- Anonymous User  11/22/2005
Actor Will Smith is a famous bearer. I think this is so much nicer for William than Bill.
-- Anonymous User  12/19/2005
"Good Will Hunting" is a film from 1997 with Matt Damon in the part of Will.
-- Anonymous User  12/20/2005
Will is the name of the lead character in the Nick Hornby novel "About a Boy", played by Hugh Grant in the film.
-- Anonymous User  12/21/2005
Will Ferrell is a comedian/actor who first established himself as a cast member of Saturday Night Live.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2006
Another famous person with this name is the English singer Will Young. Lots of people get him confused with Gareth Gates, because they were both on Pop Idol.
-- FairyGirl  9/14/2006
Will is one of the main characters in Pirates of the Caribbean.
-- bellaboo  10/3/2006
Will is one of the main characters in His Dark Materials book trilogy.
-- scarletquillraven  2/20/2007
Cool and handsome name for a boy.
-- Jasmine  3/16/2007
By chance, this name has a meaning unrelated to its origin. The English word "Will" as in personal determination and desire gives it a strong and assertive connotation adding to its masculinity.
-- SerenitySong  3/17/2007
Can be used to describe someone of extreme determination. One of my friends is called "[insert my hometown's name here] Will", even though he is named Eric, because he has such fierce determination when he sets his mind to something.
-- Writer_13  4/8/2007
I knew a guy named Will, but it wasn't short for William, it was just Will. I like it better than William.
-- Anonymous User  5/3/2007
Will can also be used for girls as a short form of Wilma, Willa, Wilhelmina or Wilhelmine.
-- Nerd  5/30/2007
In the comics/book/TV show WITCH, Will is short for Wilhelmina or Wilma.
-- bibi66  6/13/2007
I'm always suspicious of Will's which is a shame 'cos it's a real nice name.
-- xJDx  8/9/2007
A much better nickname for William than Bill or Billy. I can't stand those two. However, I find William itself dreadfully boring. It would be nice to hear this to be short for something else for a change. In Will Smith's case, it's short for Willard, which seems hard to imagine.
-- slight night shiver  5/13/2008
I like Will better than the other versions. For one thing, William is kind of awkward to say. Bill and Billy just sound gross, and Willie sounds like the name of a toddler or makes me think of Willie Loomis (Barnabas' Collins servant on the old soap Dark Shadows). Will however is shorter and less painful to the ears. I used to hate all versions of this name, but Will is starting to really grow on me.
-- yohevid  9/24/2008
The comments for this name surprise me. Though I have truly favored every William/Will I have ever met and have found them to be very charming with attractive personalities, they turn out to be deceitful and untrustworthy, a bit roguish, not at all wholesome. But I'm especially surprised that everyone hates the nickname Billy, I love it! I called my uncle "Billy" all through my childhood and still do even though he's going by Will now, the other William I'm close to goes by Billy as well.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2009
Will Scarlett is a character in Robin Hood.
-- Fencer  1/20/2009
Will was one of the main characters on the TV show "Will & Grace".
-- emmiix3  5/2/2009
This name is nice. My brother is called William. I LOVE the name Will. It's a very strong and happy name. :)
-- Anonymous User  5/14/2009
Will Self is a satirical author.
-- bathos  5/31/2010
A will-o'-the-wisp (also called will-o'-wisp, corpse candle, jack-o'-lantern, friar's lantern, hinkypunk, and wisp) is a ghostly light which is sometimes seen at night or twilight over bogs, swamps, and marshes. It is said to resemble a flickering lamp and is sometimes said to recede if approached. Much folklore surrounds the phenomenon.

Folklore is pretty cool :)
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2010
I know an 8-year-old boy named Will, so I guess I think of him and his personality when I hear this name. I like it; William sounds nice but a bit too formal. Will and Willie are nice nicknames.
-- Joy12  4/22/2011
Famous bearer: William "Will" Robinson from Lost In Space.
-- Whitewolf513  2/28/2012
William "Will" Champion is a member of the band Coldplay.
-- Oohvintage  8/9/2013
Indycar racer Will Power.

Most notable for nearly getting the Indycar championship three times from 2010 to 2012 but missing it by less than 50 points.
-- zyr  10/27/2013
William Jack "Will" Poulter is an English actor, notable for his role as Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
-- Anonymous User  11/22/2014

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