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I like William, he is cool.
wpage8  11/27/2018
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In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) William who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 6th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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William a great name but it is oh so common.
kayisforkeen  8/7/2018
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I like the name even though my brother is annoying. I like the name and will name my child that if I liked it enough and I do know many Will's but I like to tease him and call him Billiam.
Aquatic  8/3/2018
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I love the name William. It has class and a long history behind it. It puts me in mind of knights and kings, of old England and Scotland. I have a lot of ancestors with the name. As a child I loved the flower Sweet-William, in the dianthus family. It's a velvety, richly saturated flower, heavily perfumed like carnation spice. I especially like that William is a real name and not some fly-by-night trendy assemblage made up to be 'yoo'neeque'. William is sure to age well. There are the nicknames, Bill, Will (my fave) and (if you must be trendy) Liam (which is a real name too). If I'd have had a boy, I'd have named him William Clark (Last Name). This name has good bones. Plus, I just like how it sounds.
Sostiver  7/29/2018
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I’m shocked no one has mentioned William Randolph Hearst, the American newspaper magnate.
That70sShowGeek  6/8/2018
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How do you get Bill from William?
Luvbug86  5/22/2018
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William means resolute protector and is an awesome name, and I got that name too.
William khumba  2/3/2018
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Sounds pretentious, and kinda a bit boring.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2018
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I like William. The nicknames for it are good and it reminds me of a kindhearted person :)
I hope to see this name increasing in popularity.
BehindAName9  12/16/2017
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William is, of course, extremely common, and has been for literally centuries, but it is a good name. There are a lot of possible nicknames, too: Bill, Will, Billy, Liam, etc., so there's a bit of individuality there.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2017
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This is a great name for a streaker.
― Anonymous User  10/2/2017
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William Kumpai Hosokawa was a Japanese American writer and journalist. While interned at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, he was the editor of the concentration camp's newspaper, The Heart Mountain Sentinel. After being freed from the camp in 1943, Hosokawa worked as a columnist and editor at The Denver Post for 38 years. He retired from the newspaper industry in 1992, at the age of 77.
lilolaf  7/28/2017
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Willian "Will" Lindsay was a bassist and guitarist for many bands including Wolves in the Throne Room, Nachtmystium, Middian, and Lord Mantis to name a few.
Loyal_Rage  6/30/2017
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William Ralph "Will" Wright is an American video game designer and co-founder of the former game development company Maxis, and then part of Electronic Arts. In April 2009, he left EA to run Stupid Fun Club Camp, an entertainment think tank in which Wright and EA are principal shareholders.
cutenose  5/20/2017
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William Murray "Trip" Hawkins III is an American entrepreneur and founder of Electronic Arts, The 3DO Company, and Digital Chocolate. Hawkins designed his own undergraduate major at Harvard University in Strategy and Applied Game Theory.
cutenose  5/20/2017
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I personally think this name is outdated. It has many nicknames, none of which I like (Will, Willy, Liam, Bill, Billy, etc). I wouldn't use this name for my son.
Katesnames15  4/20/2017
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William "Will" Champion is a British musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the drummer and backing vocalist for the rock band Coldplay. William Champion was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England, on 31 July 1978 and was brought up in the Highfield suburb of the city, close to the University of Southampton, where his father, Timothy Champion, is a professor of archaeology; his mother, Sarah Champion, was also an archaeologist.
cutenose  4/17/2017
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William Lai, also known by his romanised name Lai Ching-te, is a Taiwanese politician and the incumbent mayor of Tainan. He took office on 25 December 2010, after the municipality was created from the merger of Tainan City and Tainan County. He served as a legislator in the Legislative Yuan from 1999 to 2010.
lilolaf  3/17/2017
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Popular in Netherlands (Willem is original form).
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  2/12/2017
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William Worrall Mayo was a British-American medical doctor and chemist. He is best known for establishing the private medical practice that later evolved into the Mayo Clinic. He was a descendant of a famous English chemist, John Mayow. His sons, William James Mayo and Charles Horace Mayo, established a joint medical practice in Rochester in the U.S. state of Minnesota in the 1880s.
lilolaf  1/25/2017
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Denmark, Norway, English and Sweden.
― Anonymous User  12/24/2016
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This name is overused and plain especially with the nickname Billy or Liam. It is also rather timeless, but do you really want your child to be one or six William's in his kindergarten class? At least it's not Liam.
ERK  12/8/2016
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William, to me, is a timeless name. One of my absolute favorites, and I adore the nickname Will for it.
nevernot  11/2/2016
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William Woods.
Rainbow  8/29/2016
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I personally like this name. Because not only is it classy, but it fits me really well in my opinion. And I like how my father based my full name on his middle name and his Grandfather's name and my cousin's first name. It's really sweet of him. Its characteristics describe me fairly. Not fully, but fairly.
User_Name12  8/18/2016
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I have a best friend named William. He's what you'd think a William is: strong, athletic, and funny. Great name overall.
Not anonymous  8/17/2016
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This is a family name to me and I love it. It's a classic, timeless name and I like Will as a nickname. Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with the name William. Just great.
― Anonymous User  7/23/2016
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William is one of those awesome names that's really old, yet never seems to age. I can imagine it on men of all ages, all throughout history.
jbr1234  7/23/2016
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Axl Rose was born William Bruce Rose, Jr.
Eileen1209864  6/24/2016
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William just makes me think "weak" when I hear it, I guess that's from watching Horrid Henry as a child. There was a kid on there called Weepy or Wimpy William that was always crying. But apart from that I think it sounds like a nice strong name and would consider it when naming something. The nickname Will sounds nice, not sure about Willie though.
― Anonymous User  5/30/2016
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My brother's name is William, and both my grandfather and great grandfather's names are William. I like it, but suggest this be used as a middle name.
Charlottetarantula  5/21/2016
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This has got to be one of the best boys names out there, sounds so smart and sophisticated!
― Anonymous User  5/12/2016
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Not my favorite name by a long shot; in fact, I think this may be my least favorite "timeless classic" name, simply because it bores me so much more than the others do. Strangely enough, I actually love the nickname Will, because it makes me think of someone with a strong will. So, while I admit I heavily dislike William, I wouldn't have a problem with it if you decided to name your son William and call him Will, ha ha.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
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I love this name, such a classic.
― Anonymous User  4/4/2016
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One of my favourite names. The media says it's outdated but to me it's a timeless classic even though it's old fashoined.
― Anonymous User  3/22/2016
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William is truly a timeless name. No wonder it's been so popular throughout the decades.
― Anonymous User  3/22/2016
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I like the name William, I don't think it's overused. It's common but it's no Bob, Tom or John. I also like how there are a lot of nickname options for it such as Bill, Will and Liam, which is my favourite. My grandfather's name is William and I think it suits him very well. It will never go out of style, a true classic.
― Anonymous User  2/28/2016
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William is my favourite name for a boy, it's strong, masculine, easy to spell and pronounce and it sounds classy and sophisticated and looks cute on a baby and a little kid, but mature on a grown man. I love this name!
― Anonymous User  2/15/2016
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Sir William Maddock Bayliss was a famous English physiologist who made some important discoveries about the digestive system in the early 1900's. He is actually one of my third or fourth cousins on my father's side, and before I was married we shared a surname!
― Anonymous User  1/27/2016
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In the film "The Patriot", Colonel William Tavington is the tall, dark and handsome villain, played by Jason Isaacs. He is cruel, evil and ruthless, but sexy nonetheless ;) It's one of my favorite films, and the character is intriguing.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2016
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William is a great name and definitely not overused anymore, but it's still quite a popular boys name.

Bearing in mind Prince William will eventually become king and that will make the name even more common than it is now.

I personally love the name William which means resolute and protector.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2015
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I can't stand this name. Boring and overused.
― Anonymous User  8/14/2015
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Even though it has been incredibly overused for a while now. I can't help but kind of like this name.
― Anonymous User  7/29/2015
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William the great, prince William. It's very regal. And can be shortened to many other good names, Bill, Will, Billy for a girl. I like it. Very old fashioned and a lot of thought goes into that name or it is passed down from father to son and so on.
Cortammiller  7/10/2015
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I always think of people who are self-assured, pretentious, and have a false sense of entitlement when I hear or read this name. An easy winner for those who are scared of being different, similar to the surname 'King'.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2015
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I used to not think much of this name until I watched a Youtube friend play a computer game where it was later revealed that this William was actually the antagonist. Since then, I would always get excited whenever I see this name in general, thus becoming one of my most favorite male names. I don't mind about any of the shortened versions because it reminds me of William, but I much prefer the full name. Whenever I feel like getting married in the future, I sure hope to find a spouse who bears this name; even if they go by any of the shorter variants, I'm still going to call them William. :)
Kamoodle  3/15/2015
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"If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country -- Victory or Death."

Lieutenant Colonel William B. Travis wrote this famous letter requesting help at the Alamo in February 24, 1836, which never happened aside from maybe a few soldiers who came under their own will from Sam Houston's fleet.
Kamoodle  3/15/2015
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Classic name but boring and overused.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2015
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William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) was an American writer, known for stream-of-consciousness writing in books such as "The Naked Lunch."
MKemmel  2/14/2015
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William is such a nice, handsome, masculine name. It ages well and has so many good nickname options: Will, Bill, Billy, Liam... I wouldn't call a William "Willy/Willie", though, for an obvious, organ-related reason.
Alexanna  2/10/2015
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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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This is a marvelous, charming, handsome, strong, fine, classy and respectable name. I like the nicknames "Wim" and "Will"! =)
― Anonymous User  9/28/2014
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One of the signers of the Declaration of Independence was named William Williams. I don't know what his parents were thinking.
JustAnotherFangirl  9/21/2014
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William Hartnell, who played the First Doctor in Doctor Who and also appeared in several Carry On films (including the first one).

Also, William Russell, who played First Doctor companion Ian Chesterton, who was originally a science teacher, but eventually became chairman of the school's (Coal Hill) board.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
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William Dunbar is one of the protagonists in Code Lyoko.
― Anonymous User  5/10/2014
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Louis Tomlinson's middle name is William. He's a member of British boy band One Direction.
― Anonymous User  5/5/2014
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Best male name ever.
rmariehan  5/4/2014
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I don't like this name. It reminds me of a handsome but egotistical young British guy. The nicknames are all awful too.
Acajou  4/29/2014
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A good, classic boys name. Far superior to the other crap that being given to kids these days.
Jason Malcolm  4/26/2014
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Actors Willem Dafoe (born William J. Dafoe in 1955), Liam Neeson (born William John Neeson in 1952) and Brad Pitt (born William Bradley Pitt in 1963) bear the name. William was the middle name of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker (Paul William Walker IV 1973-2013).
― Anonymous User  4/25/2014
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This name will never fade away, its so lovely.
It has a nice sound and its very masculine.
Its mature and yet has a young feel to it!
I love this name.
Malinkaya  1/1/2014
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This is my top pick for when I have a son. This name is absolutely timeless and I've never had any bad experiences with it. I know one William who goes by 'Liam' and while I love that name, too, my William will be William. No nicknames. Why shorten such a nice name?
DestinedAuthor  7/24/2013
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This is my top pick for when I have a son. This name is absolutely timeless and I've never had any bad experiences with it. I know one William who goes by 'Liam' and while I love that name, too, my William will be William. No nicknames. Why shorten such a nice name?
DestinedAuthor  7/24/2013
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I don't particularly like the name, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with it either. Will and Liam are nice nicknames and even Willie doesn't sound too bad. I however cannot stand Billy and Bill. Those nicknames seem to be less common now, though. Most younger Williams go by Will.
SlimHobbit  4/2/2013
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The Just William books by Richmal Crompton.
― Anonymous User  2/23/2013
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I love the name William! I like the nicknames Will and Billy, but I hate Bill. It reminds me of an old man. It'd be way better if people named their kids William and called them Liam than using it as a full name, it just sounds kind of childish and trendy to me. But I'm glad to see William is #3!
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
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This is my favorite male name. It is my brother's, father's, and grandfather's name. I think it's a very strong, classic name. My brother goes by Liam and my grandpa went by Billy. I also love Will as a nickname for William. William has a good history and is associated with a lot of strong characters. I think Francis and Patrick are good middle names for William.
briannaharley  1/9/2013
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American actor James Marsden welcomed a son named William Luca Marsden on December 14, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
― Anonymous User  12/21/2012
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The Middel High German name of William is not correctly spelled; it is Willehalm, also the title of an epic poem by Wolfram von Eschnbach.
willehalm  10/19/2012
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William Hall Macy, Jr. (born 1950 in Miami, Florida) is an American actor.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2012
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William McChord Hurt (born 1950 in Washington, D.C.) is an American actor.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2012
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William Clement Frawley (born 1887 in Burlington, Iowa) was an American actor.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2012
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An overused and boring name.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2012
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Don't use the name because pretty soon prince William is going to be king and a lot of people are going to use this name and it's going to be popular.
555jazzy  7/23/2012
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William is a dumb, overused white person name. It has too many annoying bearers, such as stupid actor William Zabka and snobbish royal Prince William.
Bonquiqui  7/15/2012
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William (1689-1700) was the oldest son of Queen Anne of Great Britain and her husband Prince George of Denmark.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
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William (1721-1765) was the son of King George II of Great Britain and his wife Caroline.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
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William was the name of one of the sons of King Edward III of England and his wife Philippa of Hainaut.
CarolinW  6/12/2012
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William was the son of King Edward III of England and his wife Philippa of Hainaut.
CarolinW  6/12/2012
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William (1765-1837) was the third son of King George III of the UK and his wife Charlotte. He later became King William IV.
CarolinW  6/11/2012
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William was the son of King Stephen of England and his wife Matilda.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
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William IX, Count of Poitiers (1153-1156) was the oldest son of King Henry II of England and his wife Eleonore of Aquitaine. He died age 2.
CarolinW  6/7/2012
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William II (1056-1100), King of England from 1087 until 1100, son of William the Conqueror and Matilda of Flanders.
CarolinW  6/6/2012
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William Henry "Bill" Gates III (born 1955 in Seattle, Washington) is an American billionaire businessman. He is the current chairman of Microsoft.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2012
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William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma) is an American actor.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2012
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William Hurt (born 1950 in Washington, DC) is an American actor.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2012
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William "Bill" Paxton (born 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American actor and film director.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2012
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William H. Macy (born 1950 in Miami, Florida) is an American actor.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2012
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William Brodrick is a British author known for the Father Anselm Mysteries.
― Anonymous User  5/14/2012
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Popular boys name, but still one of my favourites.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
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I adore this name. It's strong, timeless and has a good set of nicknames (Will, Bill, Billy and Liam), and definitely one I'd consider for a future son. The only problem with the name would be "willy" jokes, but that can easily be avoided if he goes by Bill or Liam.
the_awesome_elf  1/8/2012
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William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) was an American painter.
― Anonymous User  12/5/2011
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I really just don't care for the sound of this name... I mean, I see why it's so popular as it is a classic and seems strong. And I like mostly strong classic names for boys, William is almost the only exception that I can think of.
lovewn  11/30/2011
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I never liked the name William for reasons unknown to me until I met a very very nice middle aged man named this who actually went by William and not one of it's many nicknames. It's grown on me since, but ONLY the full version. None of the nicknames sound appealing to me. Will is a word, Willy synonym for penis and I've just met to many not so friendly Bill and Billys. There's always Liam, I suppose. But that's another name I just never liked.
Proctorness  10/31/2011
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Sir William Burrel (1861-1958) was a Scottish art collector.
― Anonymous User  10/14/2011
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William de Brailes was an English manuscript illuminator in the 1200s.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2011
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Willaim Bouguereau (1825-1905) was a French painter who in 1850 won the Prix de Rome.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2011
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William Behnes (1795-1864) was an English sculptor who made the statue Sir Henry Havelock, 1861, in Trafalgar Square, London.
― Anonymous User  9/10/2011
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William Baziotes (June 11, 1912 – June 6, 1963) was an American painter influenced by Surrealism and was a contributor to Abstract Expressionism.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2011
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William Thomas Beckford (1760-1844) was an English collector, writer and eccentric. At the age of 5 he had piano lessons from the 8 year old Mozart.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2011
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Sir Henry William Beechey (1753-1839) was an English portrait painter.
― Anonymous User  9/9/2011
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I seem to be the only one that doesn't care for this name. Nothing wrong with it, I just can't put my finger on what I don't like about it. It's a nice, strong name that will age well though and has many nickname options. My favorite nickname for William is "Liam".
LittleSamGirl  8/18/2011
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It's a nice, classic name, but it's not very pleasant sounding. It sounds so soft and chess-club-type. Not to mention the popularity.
Black_X  7/27/2011
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I love William - it's a classic name but I hate all of the nicknames! So much so that it would put me off using the name.
amazingtabby  7/10/2011
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Sir William Allan (1782-1850) was a Scottish historical painter.
― Anonymous User  7/9/2011
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We're naming our son William after his dad and grandpa. I've liked William since before hubby, so it's awesome. We'll call him Liam though. Unless, of course, he's in trouble.
― Anonymous User  6/26/2011
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William Tell -the Swiss national hero.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2011
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William Moseley. He played Peter in the Narnia films.
writer371  6/6/2011
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The Duke of Caimbridge (June 21, 1982-)
spendlovesn  5/1/2011
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Sir William Sterndale Bennett (13 April 1816 – 1 February 1875) was an English composer of the Romantic period.
― Anonymous User  4/11/2011
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William Peter Blatty (b. 7 January 1928) is an American author, best known for his novel "The Exorcist" (1971), which was made into an Academy Award-winning film in 1973.
AndrewJKD  1/30/2011
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My baby's name is Andrew William. I was thinking of giving him the first name William, but he didn't look like a William when I first saw him. He still doesn't. It's a handsome name though. I especially like the nickname Will.
CAmommy  12/12/2010
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I love this name, but I don't like the nicknames Bill or Billy. I like the nicknames Will and Liam, though.
Chrila96  9/14/2010
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I have a friend named William and he NEVER goes by "Bill" or any other nickname. I call him Will on occasion. He is so hilarious and has the biggest smile on his face! :) It's a very classy name and it was my paternal Grandfather's name.
_0TophasNails_1  8/24/2010
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The real name of the character of the vampire Spike on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and 'Angel' was William (when he was human).
Kiamari  7/15/2010
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This is my father's name. Everyone calls him 'Wid.' It's not as bad as Will, Billy, Bill, etc. but William is still WAY overused and oldfashioned, too much for my liking.
GothicScarlett  7/7/2010
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A famous bearer is American actor William Hurt (born 20 March 1950). He's best known for his Academy Award-winning performance in the film "Kiss of the Spider Woman", as well as addition nominations for "Children of a Lesser God", "Broadcast News", and more recently in "A History of Violence".
AndrewJKD  7/3/2010
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William is a solid name, and happens to be stringed throughout my genealogy. I'm not sure which ancestor I got it from, but I'm glad I have it.

If "Wil" means "will or desire" and "helm" means "helmet or protection," it could be taken to mean "desired protection" or "willing protector." Helm is interesting, because one of the most important things to protect is the head and more importantly the mind.

When I think of my name, William, it means to me the will and desire to protect not only others, but also myself by keeping my thoughts, words, and actions in line with my religious beliefs in Jesus Christ.
The_Will_Factor  6/29/2010
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This is one of the few "long" names that I like both as it is and as a nickname-- "Will".

Most long names I like as is but not the nicknames for them. I might use this name someday.
emily  3/13/2010
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I understand why William never falls out of style. Personally, I like it for the great literary connotations.
vomiting  3/2/2010
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William Kidd (Captain Kidd) was a famous English privateer accused of turning pirate. He was tried and executed for piracy. In the 20th century, evidence that could of cleared him was found mis-filed in London archives. I read this in a book, "The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd" by Richard Zachs.
emily  1/14/2010
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One bearer is William Blake, an English poet and artist.
Sarah_Madeleine  1/12/2010
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No one has mentioned William Birkin of the Resident Evil series. He's one of my favorite villains ever. I like the name, too!
JillianNora  8/28/2009
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William Žabka, he was born 20th October 1965, New York City, New York, USA. William's surname is pronounced "ZHAB-kah". His surname means "little frog".
MaggieSimpson  8/22/2009
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William Pitt was the youngest prime minister in England's history; he worked closely with William Wilberforce for the abolition of the slave trade.
breakofday  8/2/2009
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William Shatner is most famous for his role as Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek series of the late 1960's as well as several Star Trek movies later. His dramatic style is simultaneously respected as a classic character performance and parodied as campy and overdone. He currently can be seen in Priceline commercials.
gorgen_kally  5/26/2009
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William Thatcher is the main character in the movie "A Knight's Tale", based on the famed story "The Knight's Tale" from Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".
erb816  4/19/2009
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A famous bearer of the name is actor William Powell.
Morninglory379  2/5/2009
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William "Billy" Corgan Jr., the vocalist and guitarist of the Smashing Pumpkins, bears this name.
― Anonymous User  1/10/2009
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William Beckett, lead singer for The Academy Is... (1985-)
Mitsukai  12/7/2008
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Christa Miller and Bill Lawrence have a son William Lawrence, who was born on 3rd January, 2003.
Emilie007  9/5/2008
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A good, strong, wholesome name for a little boy.
Daisy Miller  7/28/2008
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Number 11 for boys in 2005. I love this name, and I also like the nickname Will.
Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
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Love the name - a very stong, proud (in the good sense) name. Always sounds classic.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2008
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After William the Conqueror came around, about one in four boys in England were named after him.
Dray  5/18/2008
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Dreadfully boring and overused! Bah! This must be the name of hundreds of thousands of men who were unwanted children. Parents either pick this name in honor of a relative or a famous person, which can be one way of getting it over with as fast as possible, or because they don't feel like wasting time thinking about the name of that little creature that they feel is only a burden anyway. Fair enough, this is not a bad name at all. It's just that it's not exactly an imaginative choice. There are already far too many Bills, Billys, Wills, etc. Many of these people are obnoxious. Think Bill Donoghue. He's utterly obnoxious. So is Bill Bryson. Come to think of it, I can't think of a William I like.
slight night shiver  5/13/2008
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Your comment was offensive and ridiculous. It's fine to say that William is boring, which is an opinion, and overused, which is a fact. But to go on from there and say that any baby named William is unwanted? It's ridiculous and insulting. Some people want to honor relatives, some people aren't into names, some people think a common name is best, and some people just like the name William. This doesn't mean their sons weren't wanted. My son is named William after his father, and he was very much a wanted child, thank you very much.
queenv  9/21/2008
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In the stage musical 'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee', William Barfee is the name of a competitor. In the initial 2005 Broadway production, the character was portrayed by Dan Fogler. Fogler won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the role, the only cast member to win.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2008
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In the movie "The Patriot" the main character's youngest son's name is William, but I do not know who plays him in the movie. I like this name.
Patricia Underwood  3/20/2008
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A true classic name, I couldn't help but name my son this.
― Anonymous User  10/27/2007
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Actors Mary-Louise Parker and Billy Crudup have a son William Crudup, born 7 January 2004.
Maggie_Simpson  10/8/2007
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Actors Parker Stevenson & Kirstie Allen have a son William Parker (1992).
Maggie_Simpson  9/22/2007
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I was more or less forced to name my son William because my husband had his heart set on naming his son William IV. (He was William III.) It wasn't what I would have chosen on my own. I felt that it had been way too common for so many centuries but I did think that it had fallen out of style in recent years. So I'm surprised to see by the popularity chart that it has never been out of the top twenty! I am happy to see all the positive comments about it on this site and I have to say that I do agree with them now. The name has grown on me over the past twenty-one years (the age my son is now.) Our William goes by Will. He likes his name and I can't imagine him having any other now.
queenv  9/22/2007
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William is Bill Weasley's real name. I love this name, in my opinion. It sounds formal, and yet simple. Perfect, really.
stormy_lovegood  8/6/2007
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Fitzwilliam Darcy is the man who is madly in love with Elizabeth Bennet in Jane Austen's Novel "Pride and Prejudice".
So Be It  7/15/2007
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I think this name is very nice and strong. I really like the nicknames Will or Willy/Willie for William. However, I don't like the nicknames Bill or Billy. No wonder it has been so popular throughout the years.
CharlieRob  5/6/2007
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William's earlier non-Norman form, Wilhelm, was present in England long before the Norman conquest and can be found in the Anglo-Saxon royal genealogies, so I think it's slightly misleading to say the name was introduced by the Normans.
Beornhild  3/16/2007
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William Bradford (1590-1657) was one of America's founding fathers. He was governor of the colony of Plymouth and had a reputaion for dealing fairly with both colonists and Indians.
breakofday  2/6/2007
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My husband is called William and it was my favorite man's name before I met him. If we have a son we'd also call him William. He gets called Will a lot though. One of his friends calls him Bill which I think is horrid!
emillylouise  12/21/2006
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William H. Bonney AKA Henry McCarty AKA Billy The Kid is perhaps the most well known outlaw in American history and his death is still being investigated to this day.
stuckonstupid  11/26/2006
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I really like this name. It seems like one of those names that will never go out of style. I think William and Alexander would make a good sibset. I never liked the nickname Billy before (just Will or Liam), but I recently met a boy whose name was shortened to Billy, and since then I've liked it a lot, since he is quite an intriguing character. It's also very fun to say "William Turner!". :)
Pheadirean  11/2/2006
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A famous bearer is William Wilberforce who abolished slavery in Great Britain.
― Anonymous User  9/23/2006
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I can't believe nobody has mentioned William Thomas Riker, first officer of the USS Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Riker is a good man, but rather stubborn. He seems to be a woman magnet as well, but he ends up with Deanna Troi.
Nicola17  9/12/2006
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Prince William the Silent of Orange-Nassau was born is the 1530s and was said to have liberated the Dutch from Spain. The Holland national anthem is written about him.
ekatz7  9/10/2006
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William Beckett is the front man of The Academy Is.
pink_floyd_fan  8/25/2006
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William is Brad Pitt's real first name.
beth16  8/14/2006
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Famous Danish-American actor is William Petersen (Grissomek from CSI).
Maggie_Simpson  7/24/2006
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William Jones is a main character in the obscure manga Victorian Romance Emma.
SerasVictoria  7/22/2006
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I really like this name, it's strong, masculine and a timeless classic.

I have an Uncle called William though he prefers to be called Bill. I also have a 6 year old cousin called William who is very loud and full of energy and his name suits him prefectly.
― Anonymous User  7/18/2006
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This is my uncle's name and my great-grandfather's name. I really like this name; it's very strong and masculine and I like the short form Will. It reminds me of a handsome man with black hair and ice-blue eyes!
emeraldstar  7/10/2006
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Emeraldstar, that's funny! Both my dad and grandpa had black hair and ice blue eyes and are - or in grandpa Bill's case, were - named William. It's my little brother's name, too, but he had brown eyes like Mom.
VictoriaCalledTori  5/2/2007
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William "Will" Turner is from Pirates of the Carribean.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2006
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William is a great name for a boy. A true classic. I don't like most of the nicknames for this name, I would either keep it as William or Will or maybe Liam but that's it.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2006
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Classic name that will never burn out. It is smart and fun. I prefer Will over Bill as a nickname. Good name!
― Anonymous User  6/22/2006
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Another famous bearer is explorer William Clark.
CoBy  4/30/2006
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My dad's name is William but goes by Bill. I prefer the nickname Will for this name. I don't particulary like any of the other nicknames for it.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2006
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4 famous bearers are presidents: William H. Taft, William Henry Harrison, William "Bill" Clinton, and William McKinley.
CoBy  4/25/2006
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I don't really have an opinion about this name, but I think it is too grown-up sounding for a baby! I prefer the nickname Will to Bill, but Billy to Willy. A family I know with lots of Williams on both the maternal and paternal sides got the suggestion to nickname their baby Liam, which I thought was a good idea.
kerrilouise  4/14/2006
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Thankfully, a person is a baby for very little of his actual life! I wish more people would remember that when giving their children names.

I like the nicknames Will and Liam, but not Bill, Billy, or Willie. I also love William by itself.
Baraka  7/4/2006
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William Moseley who plays Peter Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a famous bearer of the name.
Wunderkind_Princess  3/28/2006
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William Moseley is a great actor and I hope to see more of him soon!
wefrox  4/6/2006
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Famous bearer is William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
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Famous bearer is William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
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Famous bearer is William Wordsworth, a British romantic poet.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
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William was the name of the first Lycan (werewolf) in the "Underworld" movies.
patchworkgirl  3/8/2006
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William is the name of the lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
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Wilhelm Rontgen, the man who discovered X-Rays, bore a more etymologically correct form of this name.
eekeidee  2/24/2006
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William Shakespeare is a famous bearer! I'm proud of my self because I remember that. :-D
Dahlis  1/29/2006
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William is a good name for an old man, whereas Billy sounds more like a little boy.
Dogsy  1/14/2006
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Well, William is a family name on my mother's side in each generation at least twice for the past 100 years or so. It is my brother's middle name along with my cousin, uncle and gradfather. My mother's name is Wiliamson so The traditionally family name is William Bryant Wiliamson, as the oldest of my mother's children it has carried to me to name my future son William. I think it is a good name but a little overused, and I don't like the nickname Billy, Bill or Will.
BethanyE  12/20/2005
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William T. Sherman was a Union General in the American Civil War.
breakofday  12/16/2005
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Clark Gable's birth name was William Clark Gable.
ars musica  12/3/2005
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Famous bearer is Prince William of England of course! The future king.
― Anonymous User  11/21/2005
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William V is probably the name that will be used by the actual Prince William of Wales (William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor), when he becomes King of Canada.
ctjj.stevenson  1/14/2006
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I have a son named Justin William and I think it is a very strong name. He is also very nice looking. Both the names are beautiful.
meme  11/12/2005
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As bearer of this name I have looked up its meaning on a number of different occasions. The most common definition I have found is "protector" which really appeals to me. I am the eldest child of three, and I have always found it to be my duty to protect my younger brother and sister. I am also very protective of other family members and close friends. I've always wondered if my name has had some sort of affect upon my character, or if my personality just happened to coincide with the name's meaning.

As a bit of a side note, Brad Pitt’s first name is actually William. I don’t really know what that has to do with anything, but I thought that was kind of neat.
felixaxel  11/6/2005
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Such a great name, it will never go out of style. It has a very strong and respectable connotation, I always think of Prince William!
CarrieBear  10/9/2005
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The great Will Smith is named, "William". He is awesome.
kassi42  10/7/2005
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One very famous person who bore this name was William Wallace the great Scotish hero.
swordsmanoffire  10/6/2005
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I think William is a great name. It's simple and dignified. It was also the name of my late maternal grandfather. He was a great guy, and I've decided to name my first son after him.
Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
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Justice William Rehnquist, who recently passed away, bore this name. Justice Rehnquist was a United States jurist who served as an associate justice in the U.S. Surpreme Court from 1972 to 1986, when he was appointed chief justice (born 1924).
Tbird  9/6/2005
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My Father's name was William and it is a very strong masculine name. Very dignified. I think it is a great name.
― Anonymous User  8/27/2005
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I knew a man named William, and he said that the name meant "Great Protector", and I think that is a worthwhile goal to live up to! When I think of the name William, I think of someone strong, yet tender and kind. A man with honor, integrity, and valor!
― Anonymous User  6/7/2005
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I love this name. It reminds me of a strong, good-willed person, though it sounds kind of fancy. But it's still one of my favorite names.
― Anonymous User  5/14/2005
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What a great name, it will never get old.
― Anonymous User  4/28/2005
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In the US, often pronounced in two syllables (not three) as WILL-yum or WILL-yem. [noted -ed]
AnnaClaire  4/15/2005

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