Namesakes for William

Namesakes for WILLIAM:
  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 Pitt the Younger   1783-1801; 1804-1806  
      William Grenville   1806-1807  
      William Cavendish-Bentinck   1783; 1807-1809  
      William Lamb   1834; 1835-1841  
      William Ewart Gladstone   1868-1874; 1880-1885; 1886; 1892-1894  
      David Cameron (a.k.a. William)   2010-  

  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  

  German Kings and Holy Roman Emperors: 1 king
      King William of Holland   1247-1256  

  Hall-of-Famers: 5 basketball, 1 football
      (football) William R. "Link" Lyman   1964  
      (basketball) Bill Russell (a.k.a. William)   1974  
      (basketball) William "Skinny" Johnson   1976  
      (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: 7 chemistry, 6 economics, 6 physics, 3 literature, 2 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  

  Notable Activists: 1 activist
      William Wallace   ?-1305  

  Notable Actors and Actresses: 13 actors, 2 actor/comedians
      Bransby Williams (a.k.a. William)   1870-1961  
      William Holden   1918-1981  
      William Windom   1923-2012  
      William Daniels   1927-  
      Thane Bettany (a.k.a. William)   1929-  
      William Shatner   1931-  
      Corin Redgrave (a.k.a. William)   1939-2010  
      William H. Macy   1950-  
      William Hurt   1950-  
      William Sadler   1950-  
      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: 4 basketball, 2 soccer, 1 baseball, 1 football
      (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-  
      (soccer) Alex Wilkinson (a.k.a. William)   1984-  
      (baseball) Dexter Fowler (a.k.a. William)   1986-  
      (soccer) Edwin Hernández (a.k.a. William)   1986-  

  Notable Businesspeople: 8 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  
      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/producer/director
      William Wyler   1902-1981  
      William Friedkin   1935-  
      Paul W. S. Anderson (a.k.a. William)   1965-  

  Notable Musicians: 4 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-    
      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: 1 astronomer, 1 inventor, 1 physicist
      William Herschel   1738-1822  
      Henry Fox Talbot (a.k.a. William)   1800-1877  
      William Thomson   1824-1907  

  Notable Writers: 3 authors, 3 poets, 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  
      William Faulkner   1897-1962  
      William Golding   1911-1993  

  Olympic Medalists: 3 bronze, 2 gold, 1 silver
      (gold) Beattie Ramsay (a.k.a. William)   1924   ice hockey  
      (bronze) Cyril Gill (a.k.a. William)   1928   Athletics  
      (gold) Buzz Schneider (a.k.a. William)   1980   ice hockey  
      (bronze) Brent Hilliard (a.k.a. William)   1992   volleyball  
      (bronze) Dexter Fowler (a.k.a. William)   2008   Baseball  
      (silver) Loui Eriksson (a.k.a. William)   2014   ice hockey  

  Oscar Award Winners: 2 actors, 2 directors
      (actor) William Holden   1953   Stalag 17  
      (director) William Wyler   1942; 1946; 1959   Mrs. Miniver; The Best Years of Our Lives; Ben-Hur  
      (director) William Friedkin   1971   The French Connection  
      (actor) William Hurt   1985   Kiss of the Spider Woman  

  Other Royalty: 3 kings, 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, 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