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    Would you like to learn more about the popularity, history and meaning of the name William?

    Popularity of the name William

    According to the Social Security Administration, William was the 6th most popular boys name in America in 2021, the 5th in 2020, 4th in 2019 and the 3rd in 2016, 2017, and 2018, moving up from 5th place in 2015! So, this classic name has held steady over the last several years.

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    William shown on our Soccer background with Black and Red mats

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    History and meaning of William

    William is a Germanic name meaning “Determined Protector” or “Guardian” (much like its derivative Liam). It derives from “wil” (strong will of protection) and “helm” (a helmet), and is one of the most popular boys’ names of all time. The Old German name of Wilhelm literally translates into “Resolute Protector/Strong-Willed, Vehement Warrior.” The English/Anglo Saxon meaning is “With Gilded Helmet.” The name William was first introduced to England by William the Conqueror in 1000 AD.

    The meaning of the name “William” is consistent across several languages, countries and cultures, and LindseyBoo Creations strives for accuracy in researching the origins and meanings of names. If you have a special meaning for your William, however, please let us know and we will custom-write it for you!

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    William shown on our Monkey background with a Blue mat

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    Variations we’ve done on the name William

    Bill

    Billy

    Liam

    Will

    Willie

    Famous People named William

    Some famous people named William include: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (and future King of England); and the actors William Defoe, William Hurt, Will Smith, and William Macy, just to name a few!

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    William shown on our Wolf Song background with Black and Gold mats

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    Your William

    Is your William a fearless and determined protector with a strong will? More than likely, he is! I love to hear from our customers about how the meanings of names really do match their namesakes!

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    I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the different versions of William and the several different backgrounds and mat combinations shown here in this blog. Please remember that any name can be combined with any art background and mat combination of your choice!

    Thank you for reading my blog about William! Have fun perusing our website, looking up the names of your family, friends and loved ones – and in the rare event we don’t have the name you’re looking for, I am happy to write it for you at no extra charge!

    If you enjoy reading about the popularity and meanings of names, check out my in-depth article “What’s in a Name?”

    What’s in a name?

    Here is a short excerpt:

    “We believe all children are gifts to our world, and their beautiful, deeply thought-out names deserve to be memorialized in poetry, meant to not only capture the wonderful feelings the gift giver has for the recipient, but also the wonderful characteristics and attributes of the recipient.


    As King Solomon aptly stated, “A good name is rather to be chosen than riches.”

    Click here to read the full article.

    I’d love to hear from you! Please let me know if my poem for William matches your sweet child, or someone you know.

    If you would like to learn more about how Sharon started writing these beautiful poems, please read Sharon’s story here.

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