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Gender: M Meaning of Liam: "resolute protection" Origin of Liam: Irish short form of William Liam's Popularity in 2015: #2

Liam began as a short form of William, but has long stood on its own. It is now the fastest-rising Irish names in the US, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time ever in 2012, and now at a remarkable Number 2 for the third year in a row.

Irish-born actor Liam Neeson was instrumental in driving Liam up the charts, as was, to a lesser degree, former Oasis member Liam (born William) Gallagher, and, more recently, One Direction member Liam Payne . Celebrities who have chosen Liam for their sons include Tori Spelling, Calista Flockhart, Rod Stewart, Kevin Costner and Craig Ferguson.

Internationally, Liam is enjoying great popularity not only in the U.S. and Ireland (where it's Number 13), but in Sweden (Number 7).

Jaunty and richly textured, Liam could conceivably go all the way to the top.

Famous People Named Liam

Liam James Payne, English singer
Liam John Neeson, Irish actor
Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor
Liam Fox, British politician; former Secretary of State for Defense
Liam Brady, Irish footballer
Liam Padraic Aiken, American actor
Liam Cunningham, Irish actor
Liam Dryden, Scottish internet personality, actor, and musician
William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher, English singer
Liam James, Canadian actor
Liam Lynch (born William Patrick Niederst), American musician and writer
Liam Aylward, Irish politician
Liam Dominic Byrne, British politician
Liam McIntyre, Australian actor
Liam Christopher O'Brien, American actor
Liam O'Flaherty, Irish novelist
William "Liam" Clancy, Irish folk singer
Liam Mullane Finn, New Zealand singer-songwriter
Liam Garrigan, English actor
Liam Howlett, English composer, DJ, and record producer
Liam Patrick McKenna, Irish singer and TV personality
Liam Thomas O'Donnell, American actor
Liam Kyle Sullivan, American comedian, actor, and musician
Liam Jones, Australian rules footballer
Liam Waite (born Liam Owen East), American actor
Liam Andrew Wright, English film director
Liam Wilson, American bassist
Liam McAlister Stewart, son of British singer Rod Stewart
Liam Aaron McDermott, son of American actors Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott
Liam James Ferguson, son of Scottish TV personality Craig Ferguson
Liam Flockhart, son of American actors Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford
Liam Costner, son of American actor Kevin Costner and former girlfriend Bridget Rooney
Liam Weatherly, son of American actor Michael Weatherly

Pop Culture References for the name Liam

Liam Stewart, character in Alexandra Bracken's series "The Darkest Minds"
Liam Lupo, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
Liam, birth name of Angel, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel"
Liam Moore, character on TV's "Crossing Jordan"
Liam the Leprechaun, character on YouTube show "Annoying Orange"
Liam Bernal, character in Lisa M. Stasse's series "The Forsaken"
Liam Dunbar, character on TV show "Teen Wolf"
Liam Booker, character on MTV's "Faking It"
Liam Kinney, character in Marissa Meyer's series "The Lunar Chronicles"

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