Baby Name Popularity, Data, and History


Meaning: Strong Willed
Main Origin Language: English
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In 2017 the name William...

• was given to 14,904 baby boys
• was the 3rd most popular name for baby boys
• was 21% less popular than it was ten years ago
• was most popular in Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Kentucky
• was least popular in Arizona, Nevada, and California
• was about as popular as Noah and James
Babies Named William Born Per Year
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Per 100,000
Total Number
(In years of less than five births the number born is listed as zero and the rank was set to be the maximum rank)

Historically the name William...

• achieved it's highest popularity in 1950
• achieved it's lowest popularity in 2017
• is 71% less common in the 2010s than it was in the 1950s
• is 23% less common in the 2010s than it was in the 1990s
• has the most similar popularity history to Earl, Alfred, Albert, Juanita, Norma, Pauline
• has the most opposite popularity history to Rafael, Vicente, Ian, Noemi, Annalisa, Shoshana
Rank Popularity of Baby Name William Per State
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Geographically the name William...

• 23% more popular east of the Mississippi than west of the Mississippi
• has the most similar state naming pattern as Charles, James, Sawyer, Kinsley, Hadley, Lillian
• has the most opposite state naming pattern as Aaron, Dominic, Zayn, Camila, Alessandra, Michelle
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Average Age of Benjamin
54 Years
Benjamin is older than 83% of all names
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More information on William by the Baby Name Institute

• How many babies named William are born every second?
• What are the chances a kid named William will be the only kid named William in his class?
• How similar is the naming popularity of William compared to other names?
• How was each statistic for this page calculated?
• How does William rank among the top 2,500 names of the year?
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