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Gender: M Meaning of Will: "resolute protector" Origin of Will: Diminutive of William Will's Popularity in 2012: #674

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Will has definitely replaced Bill, not only as a nickname for William but as a stand-alone name as well, partly thanks to England's Prince William, also known as Wills.

Will has a nice old-fashioned, down-home charm, and with recent references such as Will Smith, "Good Will Hunting" and "Will and Grace," it has taken on an air of understated cool.

Most celebrities known as Will were christened William--Shakespeare, of course, legendary humorist Rogers, cartoonist Eisner and actor Arnett--but others were not. Will Smith was born Willard and Will Ferrell was originally John William.

A key character on "Glee" is Will Schuester.

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Famous People Named Will

Willard "Will" Smith, American actor
John William "Will" Ferrell - Stage name of an American comedian and actor
William Emerson "Will" Arnett, American actor
William Rankin "Will" Patton, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Will

Will, character in Divergent trilogy
Will Parry, character in His Dark Materials trilogy
Will Truman, character in Will and Grace
Wilhelmina/Wilma "Will" Vandom - the Guardian of Quintessence in "W.I.T.C.H", a comic book series and animated series
Will 'William' Herondale character in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare