Meaning and Origin of: William

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Spanish : Resolute, protector
  • Teutonic : Valiant protector

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from the Norman form of an Old French personal name composed of the Germanic elements wil ‘will’, ‘desire’ + helm ‘helmet’, ‘protection’. This was introduced into England at the time of the Conquest, and within a very short period it became the most popular personal name in England, mainly no doubt in honor of the Conqueror himself.

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