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 people named William

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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
Rachel and the Stranger

Rachel and the Stranger

Directed by: Norman Foster

Starring: Loretta Young, William Holden, Robert Mitchum, Gary Gray

Golden Boy

Golden Boy

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou, William Holden, Lee J. Cobb

Country: United States of America

The Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno

Directed by: John Guillermin

Starring: Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, William Holden, Faye Dunaway

Country: United States of America

The Horse Soldiers

The Horse Soldiers

Directed by: John Ford

Starring: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt

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

The Accidental Tourist

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright

Alice

Alice

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Mia Farrow, William Hurt, Joe Mantegna, June Squibb

Gorky Park

Gorky Park

Directed by: Michael Apted

Starring: William Hurt, Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy, Ian Bannen

The River Why

The River Why

Directed by: Matthew Leutwyler

Starring: Zach Gilford, Amber Heard, William Hurt, Dallas Roberts

William Shatner
William Shatner

Born on March 22, 1931

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

Space Command

Starring: Andrew Anthony, Robert Barclay, James Doohan, William Shatner

Country: Canada

A Christmas Horror Story

Directed by: Grant Harvey, Steven Hoban, Brett Sullivan

Starring: William Shatner, George Buza, Rob Archer, Zoé De Grand Maison

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

White Comanche

Directed by: José Briz Méndez

Starring: Joseph Cotten, William Shatner, Rosanna Yanni, Perla Cristal

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Famous directors named William and their movies

William Beaudine
William Beaudine
  • No. of movies: 144

Oh Buddy!

Directed by: William Beaudine

Starring: Neal Burns, Vera Steadman, Ogden Crane, Victor Rodman

Tea for Two

Directed by: William Beaudine

Starring: Eddie Barry, Charlotte Merriam, Gino Corrado

Eddie, Get the Mop

Directed by: William Beaudine

Starring: Henry Murdock, Mathilde Comont

Lovers' Lane

Directed by: William Beaudine, Phil Rosen

Starring: Robert Ellis, Gertrude Olmstead, Crauford Kent, Kate Toncray

William Wellman Jr.
William Wellman Jr.
  • No. of movies: 74

The Man I Love

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Richard Arlen, Mary Brian, Olga Baclanova, Harry Green

Big Dan

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Buck Jones, Marian Nixon, Ben Hendricks Jr., Trilby Clark

Not a Drum Was Heard

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Buck Jones, Betty Bouton, Frank Campeau, Rhody Hathaway

Midnight Mary

Directed by: William A. Wellman

Starring: Loretta Young, Franchot Tone, Ricardo Cortez, Andy Devine

William Friedkin
William Friedkin

Born on August 29, 1935

  • Age: 86
  • Birth sign: Virgo
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of movies: 24
The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party

Directed by: William Friedkin

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

The Night They Raided Minsky's

The Night They Raided Minsky's

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Jason Robards, Britt Ekland, Norman Wisdom, Forrest Tucker

Country: United States of America

The Brink's Job

The Brink's Job

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield, Warren Oates

Good Times

Good Times

Directed by: William Friedkin

Starring: Sonny Bono, Cher, Sonny & Cher, George Sanders

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Famous writers named William and their books

William Styron
William Styron

Born on June 11, 1925

  • Age: 96
  • Birth sign: Gemini
  • Birth chart: astro chart
  • No. of books: 10
Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

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William Golding
William Golding

Born on September 19, 1911

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

The Spire

By:

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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William Saroyan
William Saroyan

Born on August 31, 1908

  • Age:
  • 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.

The Human Comedy

The Human Comedy

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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 #4th.

How popular is the name William?

According to the US census in 2018, 12554 boys were born named William, making William the #5th name more popular among boy names. In 1920 William had the highest rank with 50353 boys born that year with this name.

How common is the name William?

William is #5th 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 50353 born in that year.

When was the last time a baby was named William

The last time a baby was named William was in 2020, based on US Census data.

How many people born in 2020 are named William?

In 2020 there were 12554 baby boys named William.

Who is a famous person named William?

There a several famous people named William, for example actor William Holden, director William Beaudine, actor William Hurt.

Who is a famous actor/actress named William?

A famous actor/actress named William is William Holden, starring in 4 movies, including Rachel and the Stranger and Golden Boy.

Who is a famous director named William?

A famous director named William is William Beaudine, who directed 4 movies, including Oh Buddy! and Tea for Two.

How many famous actors/actresses are named William?

There are 3 actors named William including William Holden and William Hurt who appeared in movies such as Rachel and the Stranger and The Accidental Tourist.

How many famous directors are named William?

There are 3 directors named William including William Beaudine and William Wellman Jr. who directed movies such as Oh Buddy! and The Man I Love.

How many famous writers are named William?

There are 4 writers named William including William Styron and William Golding who wrote books such as Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness and The Spire.