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The name William is of Germanic origin, and means desired helmet.  The table below indicates the number of times the name William has been given to baby boys in recent years.  The last 125 years refers to 1880 through 2004; last year refers to 2004.  The rank and count values are based on U.S. Social Security Administration counts for the one thousand most popular names given to baby boys in each of these years. 

Cumulative Usage Chart for the Name William
Use of the Name William for Boys During the Last ...
125 Years 50 Years 25 Years 10 Years 5 Years 2 Years 1 Year
3,873,287 1,551,300 565,864 202,539 100,450 39,756 19,890
The table below indicates the number of times the name William has been given to baby boys and baby girls each year, from 1880 through 2004.  A blank entry indicates that the name did not rank among the top one thousand names given to boys or girls, respectively, during the specified year.

Yearly Usage Chart for the Name William
  Used as a Boy Name Used as a Girl Name
Year RankCount RankCount
188029,53528830
188128,52528930
188229,29832231
188328,38728140
188428,89634034
188528,04435333
188628,25236435
188727,47132344
188828,70437142
188927,77335746
189027,49443535
189126,76335450
189227,78340544
189327,22348632
189427,27549334
189527,27946440
189627,75043944
189727,20052932
189827,40048541
189926,08666323
190028,59651444
190125,99354532
190226,61568625
190326,31355735
190426,41870925
190526,49668228
190626,56870528
190726,91170829
190827,52855746
190927,90668235
191038,83470437
1911210,58660850
1912219,61355179
1913223,53252993
1914229,74357597
1915238,582566130
1916240,445574137
1917242,408519166
1918245,349535172
1919243,997516175
1920250,167476205
1921351,834511192
1922351,162501193
1923352,151462224
1924353,493444249
1925353,228405290
1926451,830396300
1927451,399381322
1928449,039367350
1929447,720365335
1930447,135399288
1931443,163420237
1932442,068429234
1933438,976470196
1934440,150489174
1935440,146494164
1936439,359524153
1937440,663515164
1938442,397590138
1939442,106539152
1940444,787563152
1941447,722605136
1942454,868565171
1943455,682579170
1944452,136624139
1945450,140611141
1946459,805631157
1947466,779679153
1948461,799668157
1949461,278764128
1950660,686772127
1951662,509875106
1952662,955729149
1953661,674803132
1954661,410824131
1955659,821922114
1956658,908798156
1957656,746775168
1958654,139793161
1959751,377818158
1960749,298808165
1961747,955729204
1962744,834784176
1963744,474757185
1964744,203842153
1965640,144794155
1966638,249735180
1967637,603719186
1968636,952710189
1969637,595715198
1970738,846729204
1971735,384741202
1972930,483726195
1973928,001816161
19741026,954797170
19751025,527845159
19761124,417730202
19771224,740796189
19781324,125810185
19791324,661822191
19801425,602770214
19811524,760888171
19821525,565867178
19831625,344825186
19841624,851931159
19851624,594877183
19861524,289955165
19871524,171960167
19881624,065995166
19891524,676  
19901624,856  
19911923,847  
19922023,047  
19931822,181  
19941921,477  
19952020,138  
19961820,518  
19971919,967  
19981420,799  
19991420,667  
20001120,603  
20011020,041  
20021120,050  
20031119,866  
2004819,890  
Totals:  3,873,287 14,907

During the last 125 years, parents have used William as a boy's name about 99% of the time and less frequently (about 0% of the time) as a girl's name. 

See the Social Security card applications information for qualifiers about the data shown on this page.


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