Namesakes

American Presidents: 4 presidents
William Henry Harrison   1841  
William McKinley   1897-1901  
William Howard Taft   1909-1913  
Bill Clinton (a.k.a. William)   1993-2001  
Australian Prime Ministers: 3 prime ministers
Billy Hughes (a.k.a. William)   1915-1923  
Arthur Fadden (a.k.a. William)   1941  
William McMahon   1971-1972  
British Prime Ministers: 9 prime ministers
William Cavendish   1756-1757  
William Pitt the Elder   1766-1768  
William Petty   1782-1783  
William Cavendish-Bentinck   1783; 1807-1809  
William Pitt the Younger   1783-1801; 1804-1806  
William Grenville   1806-1807  
William Lamb   1834; 1835-1841  
William Ewart Gladstone   1868-1874; 1880-1885; 1886; 1892-1894  
David Cameron (a.k.a. William)   2010-2016  
Canadian Prime Ministers: 1 prime minister
William Lyon Mackenzie King   1921-1926; 1926-1930; 1935-1948  
Emmy Award Winners: 2 actors
(actor) William Windom   1970   My World and Welcome to It  
(actor) William Daniels   1985; 1986   St. Elsewhere  
English and British Kings and Queens: 4 kings
King William I the Conqueror   1066-1087  
King William II Rufus   1087-1100  
King William III of Orange   1689-1702  
King William IV   1830-1837  
Fictional Characters from Books: 3 characters, 1 villain
William Price   1814   Mansfield Park  
William Elliot   1818   Persuasion  
Bill Sikes (a.k.a. William)   1838   Oliver Twist  
William Dobbin   1847   Vanity Fair  
Fictional Characters from Television: 6 characters
Bill Horton (a.k.a. William)   1965   Days of Our Lives  
Jack Deveraux (a.k.a. William)   1965   Days of Our Lives  
Mike Horton (a.k.a. William)   1965   Days of Our Lives  
Will Horton (a.k.a. William)   1965   Days of Our Lives  
Will McCorkle (a.k.a. William)   1994   Party of Five  
William Bell   2008   Fringe  
French Presidents and Prime Ministers: 1 prime minister
(prime minister) William Waddington   1879  
German Kings and Holy Roman Emperors: 1 king
King William of Holland   1247-1256  
Hall-of-Famers: 6 basketball, 1 football
(football) William R. "Link" Lyman   1964  
(basketball) Bill Russell (a.k.a. William)   1974  
(basketball) William "Skinny" Johnson   1976  
(basketball) Bill Bradley (a.k.a. William)   1982  
(basketball) Billy Cunningham (a.k.a. William)   1986  
(basketball) William "Pop" Gates   1989  
(basketball) William Davidson   2008  
Harry Potter Characters: 1 character
William Weasley  
Nobel Prize Winners: 8 chemistry, 7 economics, 6 physics, 3 literature, 3 medicine, 1 peace
(peace) Randal Cremer (a.k.a. William)   1903  
(physics) John Strutt, Lord Rayleigh (a.k.a. William)   1904  
(chemistry) William Ramsay   1904  
(chemistry) Theodore William Richards   1914  
(physics) William Henry Bragg   1915  
(physics) William Lawrence Bragg   1915  
(chemistry) Francis William Aston   1922  
(literature) William Butler Yeats   1923  
(medicine) William P. Murphy   1934  
(chemistry) William Giauque   1949  
(literature) William Faulkner   1949  
(physics) William Shockley   1956  
(chemistry) William Howard Stein   1972  
(chemistry) William Lipscomb   1976  
(economics) Theodore Schultz (a.k.a. William)   1979  
(economics) Arthur Lewis (a.k.a. William)   1979  
(physics) William Alfred Fowler   1983  
(literature) William Golding   1983  
(economics) William F. Sharpe   1990  
(economics) Robert Fogel (a.k.a. William)   1993  
(economics) William Vickrey   1996  
(physics) William Daniel Phillips   1997  
(chemistry) William Standish Knowles   2001  
(economics) Clive Granger (a.k.a. William)   2003  
(medicine) Jack W. Szostak (a.k.a. William)   2009  
(chemistry) William E. Moerner   2014  
(medicine) William C. Campbell   2015  
(economics) William Nordhaus   2018  
Notable Activists: 1 activist
William Wallace   ?-1305  
Notable Actors and Actresses: 21 actors, 1 actor/comedian, 1 comedian, 1 comedian/actor
Bransby Williams (a.k.a. William)   1870-1961  
W. C. Fields (a.k.a. William)   1880-1946  
Chips Rafferty (a.k.a. William)   1909-1971  
Dabbs Greer (a.k.a. William)   1917-2007  
William Holden   1918-1981  
William Windom   1923-2012  
William Daniels   1927-  
Adam West (a.k.a. William)   1928-2017  
Thane Bettany (a.k.a. William)   1929-  
William Shatner   1931-  
James Stacy (a.k.a. William)   1936-2016  
Corin Redgrave (a.k.a. William)   1939-2010  
Scott Wilson (a.k.a. William)   1942-2018  
Anson Williams (a.k.a. William)   1949-  
William H. Macy   1950-  
William Hurt   1950-  
William Sadler   1950-  
James Remar (a.k.a. William)   1953-  
Bill Paxton (a.k.a. William)   1955-2017  
William Fichtner   1956-  
William Baldwin   1963-  
William Shockley   1963-  
Seann William Scott   1976-  
William Moseley   1987-  
Notable Artists: 3 painters
William Blake   1757-1827  
J. M. W. Turner (a.k.a. William)   1775-1851  
William-Adolphe Bouguereau   1825-1905  
Notable Athletes: 8 rugby, 5 basketball, 5 soccer, 4 football, 1 baseball, 1 handball, 1 tennis
(football) William R. "Link" Lyman   1898-1972  
(basketball) William "Skinny" Johnson   1911-1980  
(basketball) William "Pop" Gates   1917-1999  
(basketball) Bill Russell (a.k.a. William)   1934-  
(basketball) Billy Cunningham (a.k.a. William)   1943-  
(basketball) Bill Bradley (a.k.a. William)   1943-  
(rugby) Steve Hansen (a.k.a. William)   1959-  
(soccer) Liam Miller (a.k.a. William)   1981-2018  
(rugby) Dan Carter (a.k.a. William)   1982-  
(rugby) Wyatt Crockett (a.k.a. William)   1983-  
(soccer) Alex Wilkinson (a.k.a. William)   1984-  
(football) William Hayes   1985-  
(rugby) James Hook (a.k.a. William)   1985-  
(rugby) Sonny Bill Williams (a.k.a. William)   1985-  
(baseball) Dexter Fowler (a.k.a. William)   1986-  
(soccer) Edwin Hernández (a.k.a. William)   1986-  
(rugby) Will Genia (a.k.a. William)   1988-  
(handball) William Accambray   1988-  
(tennis) John Peers (a.k.a. William)   1988-  
(football) Tress Way (a.k.a. William)   1990-  
(rugby) Gareth Anscombe (a.k.a. William)   1991-  
(soccer) Will Grigg (a.k.a. William)   1991-  
(football) Houston Bates (a.k.a. William)   1991-  
(soccer) William Carvalho   1992-  
(rugby) Will Skelton (a.k.a. William)   1992-  
Notable Businesspeople: 9 businesspersons
William Backhouse Astor Sr.   1792-1875  
William Backhouse Astor Jr.   1829-1892  
William A. Clark Sr.   1839-1925  
William C. Durant   1861-1947  
William Randolph Hearst   1863-1951  
William S. Harley   1880-1943  
William Rosenberg   1916-2002  
Barron Hilton (a.k.a. William)   1927-  
Bill Gates (a.k.a. William)   1955-  
Notable Evildoers: 1 criminal, 1 pirate
William Kidd   1645-1701  
Billy the Kid (a.k.a. William)   1859-1881  
Notable Explorers and Adventurers: 9 explorers
Willem Barentsz (a.k.a. William)   1550-1597  
Willem Janszoon (a.k.a. William)   1570-1630  
William Baffin   1584-1622  
William Clark   1770-1838  
William Hovell   1786-1875  
William Edward Parry   1790-1855  
William Herndon   1813-1857  
William Grant Stairs   1863-1892  
Bill Tilman (a.k.a. William)   1898-1977  
Notable Filmmakers: 2 directors, 1 screenwriter/director/producer
William Wyler   1902-1981  
William Friedkin   1935-  
Paul W. S. Anderson (a.k.a. William)   1965-  
Notable Musicians: 5 musicians, 2 composers
Edward Elgar (a.k.a. William)   1857-1934   classical  
William Grant Still   1895-1978     
John Coltrane (a.k.a. William)   1926-1967   jazz  
William "Smokey" Robinson Jr.   1940-     
William Earl "Bootsy" Collins   1951-   funk  
Billy Idol (a.k.a. William)   1955-   rock  
Axl Rose (a.k.a. William)   1962-   rock  
Notable Philosophers and Thinkers: 1 philosopher, 1 psychologist
William of Ockham   c. 1287-1347  
William James   1842-1910  
Notable Politicians and Statesmen: 2 politicians
William A. Clark Sr.   1839-1925  
William Randolph Hearst   1863-1951  
Notable Scientists and Inventors: 3 astronomers, 2 physicists, 1 inventor, 1 physicist/chemist
William Herschel   1738-1822  
William Hyde Wollaston   1766-1828  
Henry Fox Talbot (a.k.a. William)   1800-1877  
William Thomson   1824-1907  
William Huggins   1824-1910  
William Henry Pickering   1858-1938  
Stephen Hawking (a.k.a. William)   1942-2018  
Notable Writers: 4 authors, 3 poets, 1 playwright/author, 1 poet/playwright
William Shakespeare   1564-1616  
William Blake   1757-1827  
William Wordsworth   1770-1850  
Wilhelm Grimm (a.k.a. William)   1786-1859  
William Butler Yeats   1865-1939  
W. Somerset Maugham (a.k.a. William)   1874-1965  
William Faulkner   1897-1962  
William Golding   1911-1993  
Jack Ketchum (a.k.a. William)   1946-2018  
Olympic Medalists: 50 gold, 22 bronze, 17 silver, 3 gold/silver, 2 bronze/gold, 2 bronze/silver, 2 gold/bronze, 1 silver/gold
(gold) William Hoyt   1896   pole vault  
(bronze) William Burgess   1900   water polo  
(silver) William Holland   1900   400 m  
(gold) William Lister   1900   water polo  
(silver) William Clark   1904   archery - team round  
(gold/bronze) William Thompson   1904   archery - American round; archery - team round; archery - York round  
(gold) Louis W. Maxson (a.k.a. William)   1904   archery - team round  
(gold) William Dickey   1904   diving - plunge for distance  
(bronze) William Merz   1904   athletics triathlon  
(silver) Wesley Coe (a.k.a. William)   1904   shot put  
(bronze) William R. Orthwein   1904   swimming - 4x50 yard freestyle relay  
(silver) William Tuttle   1904   swimming - 4x50 yard freestyle relay  
(silver) Frank Verner (a.k.a. William)   1904   1500 m; 4 mile team  
(bronze/silver) William Hogenson   1904   100 m; 200 m; 60 m  
(gold) William Dod   1908   archery - York round  
(silver) William Robinson   1908   swimming - 200 m breaststroke  
(gold) William Hamilton   1908   medley relay  
(bronze) George Gaidzik (a.k.a. William)   1908   diving - springboard  
(gold) William Coales   1908   3 mile team  
(bronze) William Halpenny   1912   pole vault  
(bronze) William Cottrill   1912   3000 m team  
(silver) Christian Gitsham (a.k.a. William)   1912   marathon  
(bronze) George Hutson (a.k.a. William)   1912   3000 m team; 5000 m  
(bronze) William Moore   1912   3000 m team  
(bronze/gold) William Applegarth   1912   200 m; 4x100 m relay  
(gold/bronze) William Foster   1908; 1912   swimming - 4x200 m freestyle relay  
(gold) William Henry Dean   1920   water polo  
(gold) William Peacock   1920   water polo  
(bronze/gold) William Petersson   1920   4x100 m relay; long jump  
(bronze) William Harris   1920   swimming - 100 m freestyle  
(silver) William Herald   1920   swimming - 4x200 m freestyle relay  
(gold) Nick Winter (a.k.a. William)   1924   triple jump  
(gold) Beattie Ramsay (a.k.a. William)   1924   ice hockey  
(silver) William Seagrove   1920; 1924   3000 m team  
(gold) William Stevenson   1924   4x400 m relay  
(silver) Wilfred Nichol (a.k.a. William)   1924   4x100 m relay  
(bronze) William Kirschbaum   1924   swimming - 200 m breaststroke  
(gold) DeHart Hubbard (a.k.a. William)   1924   long jump  
(bronze) William Cox   1924   3000 m team  
(bronze) Cyril Gill (a.k.a. William)   1928   4x100 m relay  
(gold) Sabin Carr (a.k.a. William)   1928   pole vault  
(silver) William Droegemueller   1928   pole vault  
(gold) Tommy Green (a.k.a. William)   1932   50 km walk  
(gold) Ivan Fuqua (a.k.a. William)   1932   4x400 m relay  
(gold) Bill Carr (a.k.a. William)   1932   400 m; 4x400 m relay  
(gold) Bill Miller (a.k.a. William)   1932   pole vault  
(gold) Bill Wheatley (a.k.a. William)   1936   basketball  
(gold) William Roberts   1936   4x400 m relay  
(gold) Ken Carpenter (a.k.a. William)   1936   discus throw  
(gold) Ran Laurie (a.k.a. William)   1948   rowing  
(gold) Lew Beck (a.k.a. William)   1948   basketball  
(gold) Willie Steele (a.k.a. William)   1948   long jump  
(gold) William Smith Jr.   1948   swimming - 400 m freestyle; swimming - 4x200 m freestyle relay  
(gold) Bill Porter (a.k.a. William)   1948   110 m hurdles  
(gold/silver) Andy Stanfield (a.k.a. William)   1952; 1956   200 m; 4x100 m relay  
(gold) William Smith   1952   freestyle wrestling  
(gold) Bill Lienhard (a.k.a. William)   1952   basketball  
(silver) Bill Miller (a.k.a. William)   1952   javelin throw  
(gold/silver) William Woolsey   1952; 1956   swimming - 4x200 m freestyle relay  
(gold) Chris Brasher (a.k.a. William)   1956   3000 m steeplechase  
(gold) Bill Hougland (a.k.a. William)   1952; 1956   basketball  
(gold) William Evans   1956   basketball  
(gold) Jesse Mashburn (a.k.a. William)   1956   4x400 m relay  
(gold) William Albert Yorzyk Jr.   1956   swimming - 200 m butterfly  
(gold) Tom Courtney (a.k.a. William)   1956   4x400 m relay; 800 m  
(gold) Bill Russell (a.k.a. William)   1956   basketball  
(gold/silver) Parry O'Brien (a.k.a. William)   1952; 1956; 1960   shot put  
(silver/gold) Bill Nieder (a.k.a. William)   1956; 1960   shot put  
(silver) Willie May (a.k.a. William)   1960   110 m hurdles  
(gold) William Mulliken   1960   swimming - 200 m breaststroke  
(gold) Paul Hait (a.k.a. William)   1960   swimming - 4x100 m medley relay  
(bronze) Bill Dellinger (a.k.a. William)   1964   5000 m  
(gold) Billy Mills (a.k.a. William)   1964   10000 m  
(silver) Bill Crothers (a.k.a. William)   1964   800 m  
(gold) Bill Bradley (a.k.a. William)   1964   basketball  
(gold) William Craig   1964   swimming - 4x100 m medley relay  
(gold) Richard Roth (a.k.a. William)   1964   swimming - 400 m medley  
(gold) Bill Toomey (a.k.a. William)   1968   decathlon  
(bronze) Steven Barnett (a.k.a. William)   1972   water polo  
(bronze) Bill Schmidt (a.k.a. William)   1972   javelin throw  
(bronze) William Mahony   1972   swimming - 4x100 m medley relay  
(silver) Ed Ratleff (a.k.a. William)   1972   basketball  
(gold) Caitlyn Jenner (a.k.a. William)   1976   decathlon  
(gold) Quinn Buckner (a.k.a. William)   1976   basketball  
(bronze) Bill Forrester (a.k.a. William)   1976   swimming - 200 m butterfly  
(silver) Robert Hackett (a.k.a. William)   1976   swimming - 1500 m freestyle  
(gold) Buzz Schneider (a.k.a. William)   1980   ice hockey  
(gold) Joe Kleine (a.k.a. William)   1984   basketball  
(bronze) Willie Anderson (a.k.a. William)   1988   basketball  
(gold) William Tanui   1992   800 m  
(bronze) William Mutwol   1992   3000 m steeplechase  
(bronze) Brent Hilliard (a.k.a. William)   1992   volleyball  
(gold) William Kirby   2000   swimming - 4x200 m freestyle relay  
(bronze) Dexter Fowler (a.k.a. William)   2008   baseball  
(gold) Reid Priddy (a.k.a. William)   2009   volleyball  
(bronze/silver) William Fox-Pitt   2004; 2008; 2012   equestrian  
(gold) William Accambray   2012   handball  
(bronze) William Satch   2012   rowing  
(silver) Loui Eriksson (a.k.a. William)   2014   ice hockey  
Oscar Award Winners: 2 actors, 2 directors
(director) William Wyler   1942; 1946; 1959   Mrs. Miniver; The Best Years of Our Lives; Ben-Hur  
(actor) William Holden   1953   Stalag 17  
(director) William Friedkin   1971   The French Connection  
(actor) William Hurt   1985   Kiss of the Spider Woman  
Other Royalty: 3 kings, 1 grand duke, 1 prince
Willem I (a.k.a. William)   1815-1840   Netherlands  
Willem II (a.k.a. William)   1840-1849   Netherlands  
Willem III (a.k.a. William)   1849-1890   Netherlands  
William IV, Grand Duke of Luxembourg   1905-1912   Luxembourg  
William, Duke of Cambridge   1982-   United Kingdom  
Pulitzer Award Winners: 6 winners
William Faulkner   1954; 1963   A Fable; The Reivers  
William Styron   1968   The Confessions of Nat Turner  
John Cheever (a.k.a. William)   1979   The Stories of John Cheever  
William Wharton   1980   Birdy  
William Maxwell   1981   So Long, See You Tomorrow  
William Kennedy   1984   Ironweed  
Saints: 40 blessed, 12 saints
Saint William of Gellone   ?-812  
Saint William of Volpiano   962-1031  
Saint William Firmatus   1026-1103  
Saint William of Penacorada   ?-1042  
Saint William   ?-1067  
Saint William of Vercelli   1085-1142  
Blessed William of Hirsau   ?-1091  
Saint William of Eskhill   1125-1203  
Saint William Breteuil   ?-1130  
Saint William of Bourges   1149-1209  
Saint William   ?-1154  
Blessed William of Maleval   ?-1157  
Saint William Pinchon   1175-1234  
Saint William of Pontoise   ?-1192  
Blessed William Tempier   ?-1197  
Blessed William of Fenoli   ?-1205  
Blessed William of Brussels   ?-1237  
Blessed William Arnaud   ?-1242  
Blessed Guillaume of Toulouse (a.k.a. William)   1297-1369  
Blessed William Exmew   ?-1535  
Blessed William Greenwood   ?-1537  
Blessed William Horne   ?-1540  
Blessed William Carter   1548-1584  
Blessed Guillaume Saultemouche (a.k.a. William)   1555-1593  
Blessed William Freeman   1558-1595  
Blessed William Thomson   1560-1586  
Blessed William Harrington   1566-1594  
Blessed William Ward   1568-1641  
Blessed William Southerne   1579-1618  
Blessed William Filby   ?-1582  
Blessed William Lacey   ?-1582  
Blessed William Hart   ?-1583  
Blessed William Marsden   ?-1586  
Blessed William Dean   ?-1588  
Blessed William Gunter   ?-1588  
Blessed William Hartley   ?-1588  
Blessed William Way   ?-1588  
Blessed William Spenser   ?-1589  
Blessed William Pike   ?-1591  
Blessed William Patenson   ?-1592  
Blessed William Davies   ?-1593  
Blessed William Andleby   ?-1597  
Blessed William Richardson   ?-1603  
Blessed William Browne   ?-1605  
Blessed William Tirry   1608-1654  
Blessed Maurus Scott (a.k.a. William)   ?-1612  
Blessed William Howard   1614-1680  
Blessed William Ireland   1636-1679  
Blessed John Plessington (a.k.a. William)   1637-1679  
Blessed William Barrow   ?-1679  
Blessed Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade (a.k.a. William)   1761-1850  
Blessed Guillaume Répin (a.k.a. William)   1793-1794  
Scottish Kings and Queens: 2 kings
King William I the Lion   1165-1214  
King William III of Orange   1689-1702  
Shakespearian Characters: 10 characters
William   As You Like It  
Sir William Brandon   Richard III  
Sir William Catesby   Richard III  
Sir William Glasdale   Henry VI (1)  
Sir William Lucy   Henry VI (1)  
William Page   The Merry Wives of Windsor  
Sir William Sands   Henry VIII  
William Stafford   Henry VI (2)  
Sir William Stanley   Henry VI (3)  
Lord William Willoughby   Richard II  
Title Characters: 3 songs, 2 books, 1 tv show
(book) William Green Hill   1908   Miss Minerva and William Green Hill  
(book) William   1922   Just William  
(song) Billy the Kid (a.k.a. William)   1973   The Ballad Of Billy The Kid  
(song) William   1984   William, It Was Really Nothing  
(tv show) William   1994   William's Wish Wellingtons  
(song) William   2009   William's Last Words