Meaning:will helmet, protection
Honestly, there hasn’t been a year when William wasn’t popular. From William Shakespeare to William the Conqueror (the Duke of Normandy, who brought the name to England in 1066), no fewer than four American presidents and three British kings have had the name William. The eldest son of Princess Diana, Prince William (the Duke of Cambridge) is a royal who grows more popular with each year.
Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
- WilliamPrincess Diana and Prince Charles
- William BlakeArtist, Poet
- William Butler YeatsPoet
- William FaulknerAuthor
- William GoldingNovelist
- William HannaCartoonist
- William Henry HarrisonUnited States President
- William H. MacyActor
- William HoldenActor
- William Howard TaftUnited States President
- William HurtActor
- William McKinleyUnited States President
- William MoseleyActor
- William S. BurroughsArtist
- William ShakespearePlaywright
- William WordsworthPoet
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Source: Social Security Administration
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