English, diminutive of William
"resolute protection"

Billy Origin and Meaning

The name Billy is a boy's name of English origin meaning "resolute protection".

Cute kid with freckles, bouncing a Spalding ball. Cool couple Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton put the name Billy Burton on their son's birth certificate. While the classic William, name of the future king of England, may in fact be German, the nickname Billy along with such other classic short forms as Jim and Joe are authentically English names for boys.

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Billy Rank in US Top 1000

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Billy Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Billy Popularity

Famous People Named Billy

  • William Martin "Billy" JoelAmerican singer,songwriter
  • William Franklin "Billy" Graham Jr.American evangelist
  • Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad)English punk singer
  • Billy the Kid (born William Henry Bonney)American outlaw
  • Samuel "Billy" WilderAustrian,American film director
  • William "Billy" Ray CyrusAmerican musician/actor
  • Stephen William "Billy" BraggEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Billy Bob ThorntonAmerican actor
  • Billy BoydScottish actor
  • Billy Warlock (born William Alan Leming)American actor
  • William Richard "Billy" WestAmerican voice actor
  • William "Billy" ConnollyScottish comedian/actor
  • William Everett "Billy" PrestonAmerican R&B musician
  • William Albert "Billy" BurkeAmerican actor
  • Billy Altidor (B.E.A.M Squad)
  • William Edward "Billy" CrystalAmerican actor/comedian
  • Billy Ray Burtonson of actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton
  • William "Billy" BaldwinAmerican actor, producer, writer
  • William "Billy" Corgan Jr.American rock singer (The Smashing Pumpkins) and producer
  • Billy Stamosson of American actor John Stamos
  • Billy MaysLate Pitchman

Billy in Pop Culture

  • Billy Hargrovecharacter in Stranger Things
  • Billy Pilgrimmain character in Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse,Five"
  • "Billy Elliot" musical, film and main character
  • Billy Nuttercharacter on TV's "Jane by Design"
  • Billymain character on animated series "Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy"
  • Billy CranstonBlue Ranger from the Power Rangers series
  • "Billy Madison" movie and main character
  • Billy Bicklecharacter in movie "Seven Psychopaths"
  • Dr Billy Pealecharacter on TV's "American Gothic"
  • Billy Bannistermain character of the "Dragons in Our Midst" series by Bryan Davis
  • Billy Thundermancharacter in Nickelodian's "The Thundermans"
  • Billy Rosewoodcharacter in movie "Beverly Hills Cop"
  • Billy Caufieldcharacter in movie "The Dream Team"
  • Billy Flynncharacter in the film "Chicago"
  • Billycharacter in the film "Big"
  • Billy Blackcharacter in the Twilight saga
  • Billylater Billystorm, character in Erin Hunter's "Warriors" book series
  • Invisi Billyson of the Invisible Man in "Monster High" show and series
  • William "Billy" McMahonmain character in film "The Internship"
  • Billy AcachallaA character from the YouTube channel VenturianTale
  • Billy Forrestercharacter in the 1973 Children's book "How to Eat Fried Worms" by Thomas Rockwell & also
  • the 1985 "CBS Storybreak" Special hosted by Bob Keeshan "How to Eat Fried Worms" based on the book &
  • the 2006 American children's live action comedy film "How to Eat Fried Worms"
  • William "Billy" Melrosecharacter on 1980's TV show "Scarecrow & Mrs. King"
  • Billy “Snake” Nikssilpcharacter in the Rooster Teeth animated series "Camp Camp"