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Gender: M Meaning of Liam: "resolute protection" Origin of Liam: Irish short form of William Liam's Popularity in 2012: #6

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Liam began as a short form of William, but has long stood on its own. It is now one of the fastest-rising Irish names in the US, climbing 9 places in the last year to break into the Top 10 for the first time ever.

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. 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 15), but Scotland and Sweden (Number 9) and Australia (14).

Jaunty and richly textured, Liam is sure to increase even further in popularity.

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Famous People Named Liam

Liam O'Brien - American voice actor
Liam Padraic Aiken - American actor
Liam McIntyre - Australian actor
Liam O'Flaherty - Irish novelist
Liam Neeson - actor (born William)
Liam Lynch - American musician
Liam Cunningham - Irish actor
William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher - lead singer of Oasis
Liam Hemsworth - Australian actor, Chris & Luke Hemsworth's brother
Liam James Payne - member of One Direction
Liam Aaron McDermott (2007) - Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott's son
Liam McAlister Stewart - son of Rod Stewart and Rachel Hunter
Liam Weatherly - son of Michael Weatherly and wife Bojana Jankovic
Liam Dryden - Scottish vlogger & member of band Chameleon Circuit
Liam James - Canadian actor
Liam Flockhart - Harrison Ford & Calista Flockhart's adopted son
Liam James Ferguson, son of Scottish actor & talk show host Craig Ferguson

Pop Culture References for the Name Liam

Liam the Leprechaun - Character from "Annoying Orange" (YouTube)
Liam Lupo - TV Character on "Switched at Birth"
Liam - original name of the main character in the TV show "Angel"
Liam Moore - from TV series "Crossing Jordan"

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