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Gender: Male Meaning of Bill: "resolute protection" Origin of Bill: English, diminutive of William

The name Bill is a boy's name of English origin meaning "resolute protection". Bill and is often added to lists like Names from Harry Potter and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

Most Bills today are dads...or grandpas. The younger Williams are usually nicknamed Will, or called by their full names.

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Famous People Named Bill

William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton, 42nd U.S. president
William Henry "Bill" Gates III, American business magnate, founder of Microsoft
William James "Bill" Pullman, American actor
William Francis "Bill" Nighy, English actor
William T."Bill" Hader, Jr., American actor/comedian
William James "Bill" Murray, American actor/comedian
Bill Kaulitz, lead singer of German band Tokio Hotel
William Sanford "Bill" Nye, American scientist and TV host
William Clyde "Bill" Elliott, American NASCAR driver
William "Bill" Shatner, Canadian actor
Bill Laswell, American bassist and producer
William Stephen "Bill" Belichick, American NFL coach
William J. "Bill" Gaither, American gospel singer
William Theodore "Bill" Walton III, American basketball player and sportscaster
James William "Bill" Anderson III, American country music singer
William Smith "Bill" Monroe, American bluegrass musician
William Edgar "Bill" Oddie, English ornithologist
William Scott "Bill" Bruford, English drummer of band Yes
William "Bill" Shankly, Scottish footballer
William Desmond Anthony "Bill" Pertwee, English actor/comedian
William Edward "Bill" Haslam, American politician, governor of Tennessee
William John "Bill" Edrich, English cricketer
William Patton "Bill" Black, Jr., American rock musician
Bill W. (born William Griffith Wilson), American founder of Alcoholics Anonymous
William Denby "Bill" Hanna, American animator (Hanna-Barbera)
William "Bill" Paxton, American actor
Bill Klein, TLC reality star of "The Little Couple"
Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård, Swedish actor
William "Bill" Alan Finn, American composer and lyricist
Bill Wurtz, American musician

Pop Culture References for the name Bill

Bill Weasley, from the "Harry Potter" series by J. K. Rowling
Bill Compton, vampire on TV's"True Blood"
Bill Haverchuck, from the TV series "Freaks and Geeks"
Bill Haydon, from movie "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Bill Harken, character from TV series "Alphas"
William "Bill" Spencer Jr., character on soap "The Bold and the Beautiful"
Bill S. Preston, Esq., main character from the movie "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure"
William Fontaine de la Tour Dauterive (aka Bill Dauterive), character on the animated series "King of the Hill"
Bill Cipher, dream demon from the cartoon "Gravity Falls"
William "Bill" Cage, main character in film "Edge of Tomorrow"
"Kill Bill," 2003 movie
"Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?" popular song
Bill Denbrough, character from Stephen King's "It"
Bill Austin/Anderson, character in the "Mamma Mia!" musical and films

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RoddyThlayli Says:


I don't mind Bill, but I like Billy and Will way more.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm surprised this name has no likes. It's a fairly normal name.

Rebecca Johns Says:


Bill....aka Burner of Leaves

Hydra Says:


Lol, I know, right? Fond memories......I wonder if that's his real name, though.

unicornluvgirl Says:


Bill Nye the Science Guy ;)