German variation of William
"resolute protection"

Wilhelm Origin and Meaning

The name Wilhelm is a boy's name of German origin meaning "resolute protection".

This dignified German form of William belonged to two German Emperors and Kings of Prussia, as well as a host of other important historical figures. These include composer (Wilhelm) Richard Wagner, philosophers Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, and physicist Wilhelm Roentgen, who discovered the X-ray. It now sounds rather dated in Germany, however, having dropped out of the Top 20 there in the late 1920s and continuing to decline since.

# 930 in the US

Wilhelm Rank in US Top 1000

Wilhelm Popularity

Famous People Named Wilhelm

  • Wilhelm I (Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig)German emperor
  • Wilhelm II (Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert von Preußen)German emperor
  • Wilhelm Maximilian WundtGerman physician; founder of modern psychology
  • Wilhelm MarrGerman radical, nationalist and race,agitator
  • Wilhelm RoentgenGerman Nobel Prize winner, discoverer of X,rays
  • Wilhelm Heinrich ErbGerman Neurologist
  • Wilhelm FurtwänglerGerman conductor and composer
  • Wilhelm GrimmGerman anthropologist
  • Wilhelm KeitelGerman Field Marshal
  • Wilhelm ListGerman Field Marshal
  • Wilhelm ReichAustrian,American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst
  • Wilhelm WienGerman Nobel Prize Winner
  • William Charles John Pitcher or C. WilhelmBritish costume designer
  • Georg Wilhelm Friedrich HegelGerman philosopher
  • Friedrich Wilhelm NietzscheGerman philosopher
  • Gottfried Wilhelm LeibnizGerman mathematician and philosopher
  • Wilhelm von HumboldtGerman philosopher and diplomat
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph SchellingGerman philosopher
  • Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprioAmerican actor

Wilhelm in Pop Culture

  • Wilhelm Stuckartcharacter in movie "Conspiracy"
  • Wilhelm Klinkcolonel on TV's "Hogan's Heroes"
  • Wilhelmcharacter in Xenosaga video games
  • Wilhelmservant in manga "Ludwig Kakumei"
  • Wilhelm Wickicharacter in movie "Inglorious Basterds"
  • Wilhelmcharacter in the Borderlands video games
  • Wilhelmking in animated movie "Barbie as Rapunzel"
  • Reinhardt Wilhelmcharacter in Overwatch