William

William is a boy name and means will helmet, protection. It is a German name and its pronunciation is \wi(l)-liam\. Other similar names and variants include: Bill, Bille, Billie, Billy, Bo, Guglielmo, Guillaume, Guillermo, Liam, Vilhelm, Villem, Wilek, Wiley, Wilhelm, Wilhelmus, Wilkes, Wilkie, Wilkinson, Will, Willem, Willhelmus, Willi, Williams, Williamson, Willie, Willis, Willkie, Wills, Willson, Willy, Wilmer, Wilmot, Wilmott, Wilson, Wim. William is a very popular first name for men (#5 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#731 out of 88799).
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Famous actors named William and their movies

William Holden
William Holden

Born on April 17, 1918

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  • Birth sign: Aries
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of movies: 66

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Stalag 17

Stalag 17

Directed by: Billy Wilder

Starring: William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss

Country: United States of America

The Bridge on the River Kwai

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Directed by: David Lean

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa

Country: United States of America

The Wild Bunch

The Wild Bunch

Directed by: Sam Peckinpah

Starring: William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan, Edmond O'Brien

Country: United States of America

Network

Network

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Country: United States of America

William Hurt
William Hurt

Born on March 20, 1950

  • Age: 71
  • Birth sign: Pisces
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of movies: 37

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Body Heat

Body Heat

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna, Ted Danson

Country: United States of America

Dark City

Dark City

Directed by: Alex Proyas

Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Country: United States of America

A History of Violence

A History of Violence

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, William Hurt

Country: United States of America

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Directed by: Hector Babenco

Starring: William Hurt, Raul Julia, Sônia Braga, José Lewgoy

William Shatner
William Shatner

Born on March 22, 1931

  • Age: 90
  • Birth sign: Aries
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of movies: 28

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Country: United States of America

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Directed by: Leonard Nimoy

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Country: United States of America

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Directed by: Nicholas Meyer

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan

Country: United States of America

Star Trek

Star Trek

Written by:

Starring: Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols

Country: United States of America

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Famous directors named William and their movies

William Beaudine
William Beaudine
  • No. of movies: 144
The Canadian

The Canadian

Directed by: William Beaudine

Starring: Thomas Meighan, Mona Palma, Wyndham Standing, Dale Fuller

Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys

Directed by: William Beaudine

Starring: Will Hay, Gordon Harker, Jimmy Hanley, Davy Burnaby

Little Annie Rooney

Little Annie Rooney

Directed by: William Beaudine

Starring: Mary Pickford, William Haines, Walter James, Gordon Griffith

Country: United States of America

Sparrows

Sparrows

Directed by: William Beaudine, Tom McNamara

Starring: Mary Pickford, Roy Stewart, Mary Louise Miller, Gustav von Seyffertitz

Country: United States of America

William Wellman Jr.
William Wellman Jr.
  • No. of movies: 74
The Public Enemy

The Public Enemy

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell

Country: United States of America

Beggars of Life

Beggars of Life

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks, Richard Arlen, Blue Washington

Country: United States of America

The Ox-Bow Incident

The Ox-Bow Incident

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Mary Beth Hughes, Anthony Quinn

Country: United States of America

Beau Geste

Beau Geste

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Gary Cooper, Ray Milland, Robert Preston, Brian Donlevy

Country: United States of America

William Friedkin
William Friedkin

Born on August 29, 1935

  • Age: 85
  • Birth sign: Virgo
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of movies: 24

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The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee, Dandy Nichols, Sydney Tafler

The Exorcist

The Exorcist

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

Country: United States of America

The Boys in the Band

The Boys in the Band

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Kenneth Nelson, Peter White, Leonard Frey, Frederick Combs

The French Connection

The French Connection

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey, Tony Lo Bianco

Country: United States of America

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Famous writers named William and their books

William Styron
William Styron

Born on June 11, 1925

  • Age: 95
  • Birth sign: Gemini
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of books: 10
The Confessions of Nat Turner

The Confessions of Nat Turner

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In the late summer of 1831, in a remote section of southeastern Virginia, there took place the only effective, sustained revolt in the annals of American Negro slavery...The

Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

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Three stories are told: a young Southerner wants to become a writer; a turbulent love-hate affair between a brilliant Jew and a beautiful Polish woman; and of an awful wound in that woman's past--one that impels both Sophie and Nathan …

Lie Down In Darkness

Lie Down In Darkness

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William Styron traces the betrayals and infidelities--the heritage of spite and endlessly disappointed love--that afflict the members of a Southern family and that culminate in the suicide of the beautiful Peyton

Set This House On Fire

Set This House On Fire

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The day after Peter Leverett met his old friend Mason Flagg in Italy, Mason was found dead. The hours leading up to his death were a nightmare for Peter - both

William Golding
William Golding

Born on September 19, 1911

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  • Birth sign: Virgo
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of books: 7
The Spire

The Spire

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The vision that drives Dean Jocelin to construct an immense new spire above his cathedral tests the limits of all who surround him.

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

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The Inheritors

The Inheritors

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The Inheritors

The Inheritors

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Eight Neanderthals encounter another race of beings like themselves, yet strangely different. This new race, Homo sapiens, fascinating in their skills and sophistication, terrifying in their cruelty, sense of guilt, and

William Saroyan
William Saroyan

Born on August 31, 1908

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  • Birth sign: Virgo
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of books: 6
The Human Comedy

The Human Comedy

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Now the major motion picture Ithaca, directed by and starring Meg Ryan—with a cast that includes Sam Shepard, Hamish Linklater, Alex Neustaedter, Jack Quaid, and Tom HanksThe place is Ithaca, in California's San Joaquin Valley.

My Name Is Aram

My Name Is Aram

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William Kunstler
William Kunstler

Born on July 07, 1919

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  • Birth sign: Cancer
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of books: 2
The Minister And The Choir Singer

The Minister And The Choir Singer

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"None of today's sordid homicides could hold a candle, or perhaps I should say a blunt instrument, to this saturnalia...for this was the case that had absolutely everything...respectability

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is William a popular name?

Over the years William was most popular in 1920. According to the latest US census information William ranks #3rd while according to famousnames.vip William ranks #2nd.

How popular is the name William?

According to the US census in 2018, 14526 boys were born named William, making William the #3rd name more popular among boy names. In 1920 William had the highest rank with 50354 boys born that year with this name.

How common is the name William?

William is #3rd in the ranking of most common names in the United States according to he US Census.

When was the name William more popular ?

The name William was more popular in 1920 with 50354 born in that year.

When was the last time a baby was named William

The last time a baby was named William was in 2018, based on US Census data.

How many people born in 2018 are named William?

In 2018 there were 14526 baby boys named William.

Who is a famous person named William?

There a several famous people named William, for example actor William Shatner, director William Friedkin, musician William Redmond.

Who is a famous actor/actress named William?

A famous actor/actress named William is William Shatner, starring in 28 movies, including Inner Space and Star Trek.

Who is a famous director named William?

A famous director named William is William Friedkin, who directed 24 movies, including Blue Chips and The French Connection.

How many famous actors/actresses are named William?

There are 376 actors named William including William Shatner and William Burroughs who appeared in movies such as Inner Space and Chappaqua.

How many famous directors are named William?

There are 127 directors named William including William Friedkin and William Watson who directed movies such as Rules of Engagement and You Tell 'Em, Lions, I Roar.

How many famous writers are named William?

There are 57 writers named William including William Golding and William Saroyan who wrote books such as The Human Comedy and The Spire.