Diminutive of William
"resolute protector"

Will Origin and Meaning

The name Will is a boy's name of English origin meaning "resolute protector".

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, 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 was Will Schuester.

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Famous People Named Will

  • William Penn Adair "Will" RogersAmerican actor and comedian
  • Willard Carroll "Will" SmithAmerican actor and rapper
  • John William "Will" FerrellAmerican actor and comedian
  • William Emerson "Will" ArnettAmerican actor
  • William Rankin "Will" PattonAmerican actor
  • William Donald "Will" GriggNorthern Irish footballer
  • William Robert "Will" YoungEnglish singer,songwriter
  • William Nuschler "Will" ClarkAmerican baseball player
  • Orville Willis "Will" ForteAmerican actor and comedian
  • Will Geer (born William Aughe Ghere)American actor
  • William David "Will" JohnsonCanadian soccer player
  • William Jack "Will" PoulterEnglish actor
  • William Woodard "Will" SelfEnglish novelist
  • Wilbur H. "Will" JenningsAmerican songwriter
  • William "Will" ChampionEnglish drummer of band Coldplay
  • William Harrison "Will" HaysAmerican politician who enacted the Hays Code
  • Will AllenAmerican NFL player
  • William "Will" SassoCandian actor and comedian
  • William Ballard "Will" HurdU.S. Congressman from Texas

Will in Pop Culture

  • William "Will" Halsteadcharacter on TV's Chicago Med.
  • Will Huntingmain character in film "Good Will Hunting"
  • William "Will" Trumancharacter on TV's Will and Grace
  • William "Will" Turnera main character in the Pirates of the Caribbean films
  • Will Grahamcharacter on TV's Hannibal
  • Willcharacter in the Divergent trilogy
  • Will Scarletone of Robin Hood's Merry Men
  • William Harold Ryan "Will" Munsoncharacter in American soap opera, As The World Turns
  • Wilbur "Will" Trentcharacter in the series by Karin Slaughter
  • William Michael "Will" Schuestercharacter on TV's "Glee"
  • Will Parrycharacter in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy
  • William "Will" Herondalecharacter in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
  • Will Solacecharacter in the 'Heroes of Olympus' series (Rick Riordan)
  • William "Will" Lawsoncharacter in the novel "Cursed" by Elise Noble
  • Will Treatymain character in John Flanagan's series "Ranger's Apprentice"
  • Will Briancharacter in "Sufficiently Remarkable"
  • Will Tippincharacter on TV's Alias
  • Will Graysonname shared by the main characters in John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson
  • Willcharacter on TV's "The Fosters"
  • Will Byersa character on TV's "Stranger Things"
  • Will Belmonta character on TV's "Scream"
  • Will Lamontagnecharacter on TV's "Criminal Minds"
  • Will Youngercharacter in film "How It Ends"
  • Will Munsoncharacter on "X,Men"
  • Wilhelmina/Wilma "Will" Vandomfemale Guardian of Quintessence in "W.I.T.C.H" series
  • Will Mysteryresearcher of Fantasy lands in the Thea Stilton books
  • Will Benjamincharacter on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
  • Willcharacter in the Pokémon video game series

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