Meaning and Origin of: Liam

Liam meaning and origins

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Irish : Unwavering protector

Liam is a shortened version of the popular Germanic name William, which dates all the way back to the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and means "helmet of will" or "guardian". It also comes from Irish name Ulliam. It is a more modern take on the classic name, and has only recently been widely used beginning in the 1980's in the UK. 

Syllables: 2

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According to Social Security Administration data, Liam has remained in the number one position for the last four years, after remaining in the number two position for the three years prior. It has been in the top 20 names since 2011.

However, it is the 17th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Liam was at its peak popularity in February 2019.

While the name Liam has a rich history and has been around for centuries, it was not widely used until the late 18th century. Liam is more popular right now that it has ever been thanks to stars like actors Liam Neeson and Liam Hemsworth, and Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and One Direction member Liam Payne.

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Nicknames for Liam

  • Li

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