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Gender: M Meaning of Will: "resolute protector" Origin of Will: Diminutive of William Will's Popularity in 2015: #834

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 WilliamShakespeare, 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.

Famous People Named Will

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, American actor
John William "Will" Ferrell, American actor and comedian
William Emerson "Will" Arnett, American actor
William Rankin "Will" Patton, American actor
Will Grier, American football player

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
Will Graham, character in the tv series Hannibal
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
Will Solace, character in the 'Heroes of Olympus' series (Rick Riordan)
Will Treaty, main character in Australian author John Flanagan's book series "Ranger's Apprentice"
Will Tippin, character on TV's Alias
Thw two Will Graysons from John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will, character on "The Fosters"
Will Byers, a character on "Stranger Things"
Will Belmont, a character on MTV's "Scream"
Will Lamontagne, character on the television show "Criminal Minds"