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RATE THIS NAME 4.17

william

LANGUAGE FAMILY:
indo-european > germanic > west germanic > german
ORIGIN:
germanic 
NAME ROOT:
*WILJô *HELMAZ > WILLAHELM / WILLIHELM
MEANING:
This name derives from the Old Norman name “Williame”, (French: Guillaume; German: Wilhelm). In turn the name derives from the Old High German name “Willihelm“, composed of two elements: “*wiljô” (will, wish, desire) plus “*helmaz” (helmet, protection), thus the Old German Name “Wilhelm” and the Old Norse Name “Vilhjálmr” have the same roots. The first well-known bearer of the name was Charlemagne's cousin William of Gellone, William of Orange, and Guillaume Fierabrace (755–812). This William is immortalized in the “Chanson de Guillaume” and his esteem may account for the name's subsequent popularity among European nobility. 1) William I (1028–1087), usually known as William the Conqueror and sometimes William the Bastard, was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087. 2) William I (Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig, 1797–1888), of the House of Hohenzollern was the King of Prussia (1861–1888) and the first German Emperor (1871–1888), as well as the first Head of State of a united Germany. 3) William Tell is a folk hero of Switzerland. His legend is recorded in a late 15th-century Swiss chronicle.
KEYWORDS:
RELIGION (SAINTS)

Usage

  • danishdanish
  • englishenglish
  • faroesefaroese
  • finnishfinnish
  • frenchfrench
  • germangerman
  • greenlandicgreenlandic
  • icelandicicelandic
  • irishirish
  • norwegiannorwegian
  • portugueseportuguese
  • scottishscottish
  • swedishswedish
  • welshwelsh

Related names

VARIANTS
danish
willem, wilhelm, vilhelm, Villiam, Wilhelmus
english
wilson, willson
faroese
wilhelm, vilhelm, vilhjálmur, Viljormur, Viljam, Villiam
finnish
willem, vilhelmi, viljami, wilhelm, vilhelm, villem, Viljam, Wiljami, Villiam, Wilhelmus, Vilhem, Wilhem, Willhelm
french
guillaume
german
willem, wilhelm
greenlandic
wilhelm, vilhelm, Villiam, Viiliimmi, Viilimi, Vîlime, Vîlîme
icelandic
wilhelm, vilhelm, vilhjálmur
irish
uilliam, uilleag, ulick
norwegian
willem, wilhelm, vilhelm, villem, Viljen, Villiam, Wilhelmus, Vellem, Vilhem, Wilhem, Viljan, Willhelm
portuguese
guilherme
scottish
uilleam
swedish
willem, viljami, wilhelm, vilhelm, villem, Velam, Whilliam, Viljam, Wiljam, Wiljami, Villiam, Wilhelmus, Vilhelmus, Vilhem, Wilhem, Viljan, Villhelm, Willhelm
welsh
gwilim, gwillym, gwilym
FEMININE
danish
wilhelmina, willemina, vilhelmine, wilhelmine
english
wilhelmina, williamina
faroese
vilhelmine
finnish
wilhelma, vilhelmina, vilhelmiina, wilhelmina, vilhelmine, wilhelmine, Vilhelma, Vilima, Villima, Wilhelmiina
french
guillaumette, guillaumine, wilhelmine
german
wellemina, wilhelma, wilhelmina, guglielma, gulielma, guglielmina, wilhelmine, Guillerma
greenlandic
vilhelmine, Vilímîna, Vilimmiina
icelandic
vilhelmína
norwegian
wilhelma, vilhelmina, wilhelmina, willemina, vellumine, vilhelmine, wilhelmine, villumine, Vilhelma, Wilhelmmine, Wilhilmine
portuguese
guilhermina
scottish
williamina
swedish
wilhelma, vilhelmina, wilhelmina, willemina, vilhelmine, wilhelmine, vilhemina, wilhemina, vilhemine, villhelmina, willhelmina, willhelmine, villhemina, willhemina, Vilhelma
PET & SHORT FORM
danish
bill, willy, willie, liam, billy, Villum, Willum, Villi
english
bill, willy, willie, liam, wilkie, willis, billy, billie, wylie, wilee, wye
faroese
Villi
finnish
bill, willy, willie, liam, ville, vilho, viljo, vili, billy, Vilhe, Wilhe, Villi, Wilho
french
liam
german
willy, willie, liam, wilkin, wilk, wilke, wilko, wutz, wille, Helmus, Helminus, Helmes
greenlandic
liam
icelandic
bill, willy, vili, Willum, Villi, Líam
irish
liam
norwegian
bill, willy, willie, liam, vilho, billy, Vellum, Villum, Willum, Villi
portuguese
guigui, guilhie, guiga, guigué, guilu, guibinha, guile, elmo
scottish
liam
swedish
bill, willy, willie, liam, ville, vilho, billy, billi, billie, Villum, Willum, Villi
welsh
liam

Use in other languages

LANGUAGES
Ancient Germanic - Latinized
guilielmus, gulielmus, Guilihelmus, Guillelmus, Gulliemus, Guilgelmus, Wilielmus, Wilhelmus, Guillielmus, Vilhelmus

ancient germanic
willahelm, Willihelm
breton
gwilherm
catalan
guillem
croatian
vilim
czech
vilÉm
dutch
willem, Wilhelmus
esperanto
vilhelmo
estonian
villem
greek
goulièlmos
hungarian - magyar
vilhelm, vilmos
italian
guglielmo, villelmo, vilelmo, villermo, gulielmo, guglielmino, Guilelmo
latvian
viljams, vilhelms, Viļums
lithuanian
vilhelmas
old danish
vilhelm
old french
Willaume
old norse
vilhelm, VilhialmR, Vilhiálmr, Vilhjalmr, Vilhjamr
old swedish
wilhelm, vilhelm, Velam, Villam
polish
wilhelm
sami - lapps
Vilhealbma
slovak
viliam
slovene
vilim, vilhelm, viljem, Viljen, Viljam
spanish
guillermo

Geographical spread (only living languages)

Popularity & Ranking

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New Age curiosities (only for entertainment purposes)

7
Numerological Values:
7

Number 7 individuals are analytical and inquisitive. They have a thirst for knowledge and often make great academics, researchers or scientists. They have a strong sense of independence and tend to do things their own way. Number 7 individuals are believed to be self-reliant and may come across as reserved.

Chakra Number:
7: The number of the Crown Chakra "Sahasrara"

Violet is the color of the crown chakra and it is the color of cosmic awareness and cosmic consciousness. It is a unifying color, the color of oneness and spirituality. The energy of this color is very healing and can soothe away pain. Learn more about this powerful spiritual color.

Color meaning:

The color violet relates to the imagination and spirituality. It stimulates the imagination and inspires high ideals. It is an introspective color, allowing us to get in touch with our deeper thoughts. The difference between violet and purple is that violet appears in the visible light spectrum, or rainbow, whereas purple is simply a mix of red and blue. Violet has the highest vibration in the visible spectrum.

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Name Songs

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WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING THE SMITHS

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William I Of The Netherlands (1772–1843)
William I, Count Of Holland (1167–1222)
William I, Prince Of Orange (1533–1584), William The Silent
William Ii Of England (1056–1100), William Rufus
William Ii Of Holland (1228–1256), King Of Germany
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