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Gender: M Meaning of Bill: "resolute protection" Origin of Bill: English, diminutive of William

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Most Bills today are dads...or grandpas. The younger Williams are usually nicknamed Will, or called by their full names.

Famous People Named Bill

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, former President of the U.S.
William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr., American actor/comedian
William Henry "Bill" Gates III, American business magnate, founder of Microsoft
William James "Bill" Pullman, American actor
William Francis "Bill" Nighy, English actor
William "Bill" Hader, American actor/comedian
William James "Bill" Murray, American actor/comedian
Bill Kaulitz, lead singer of German band Tokio Hotel
Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård, Swedish actor, son of actor Stellan Skarsgård
William Sanford "Bill" Nye "the Science Guy," American scientist and TV host
William Clyde "Bill" Elliott, American NASCAR driver
William "Bill" Shatner, Canadian actor
Bill Laswell, American bassist and producer
William Stephen "Bill" Belichick, American NFL coach
William J. "Bill" Gaither, American gospel singer
William Theodore "Bill" Walton III, American basketball player and sportscaster
James William "Bill" Anderson III, American country music singer
William Smith "Bill" Monroe, American bluegrass musician
William Edgar "Bill" Oddie, English ornithologist
William Scott "Bill" Bruford, English drummer of band Yes
William "Bill" Shankly, Scottish footballer
William Desmond Anthony "Bill" Pertwee, English actor/comedian
William Edward "Bill" Haslam, American politician, governor of Tennessee
William John "Bill" Edrich, English cricketer
William Patton "Bill" Black, Jr., American rock musician
Bill W. (born William Griffith Wilson), American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
William Denby "Bill" Hanna, American animator (Hanna-Barbera)
William "Bill" Paxton, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Bill

Bill Weasley, from the "Harry Potter" series by J. K. Rowling
Bill Compton, vampire on TV's"True Blood"
Bill Haverchuck, from the TV series "Freaks and Geeks"
Bill Haydon, from movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Bill Harken, character from TV series "Alphas"
William "Bill" Spencer, Jr., character on soap "The Bold and the Beautiful"
"Kill Bill," 2003-4 movie
"Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?," popular song

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