Gender: Female Meaning of Billie: "resolute protection" Origin of Billie: English, diminutive of Wilhelmina, Wilma

Billie Origin and Meaning

The name Billie is a girl's name of English origin meaning "resolute protection".

Billie is a tomboy nickname name, part of the growing trend for using boyish nicknames for girls and now destined for stardom along with its most famous contemporary bearer, music sensation Billie Eilish.

To track its path from blue to pink, Billie was 100% male in 1880, was 55% female just a decade later, in the girls' Top 100 by 1928, and is now overwhelmingly female.

Billie is a possible retro choice for fans of jazz great Billie Holiday, born Eleanora, and a very contemporary choice for teen singer Billie Eilish -- born Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O'Connell. Other conceivable namesakes are The Wizard of Oz's Glinda--Billie Burke (born Mary William), silent screen star Billie Dove (born Bertha), actresses Billie Whitelaw and Billie Piper (born Lianne) and tennis legend Billie Jean King (born Billie). Another cultural reference is the Michael Jackson hit song 'Billie Jean.'

Billie was picked for their daughters by Carrie Fisher, My Name is Earl actor Ethan Suplee, and Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane.

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Pop Culture References for the name Billie

Willa, Billi, Billee, Billina, Billa, Billy


KimberlyM97 Says:



QueenieGuldbaek Says:


Sybilla and Willow could also work.

QueenieGuldbaek Says:


I'm a bad guy

AliceTiger Says:


I know a Billie who’s Elizabeth... not very similar but i like ut

Koolkitty108 Says:


No, not Billie Eilish. Billie Holiday was the first to come to my mind.

MariposaButterflyaway Says:


Billie Piper.

adadadad Says:


all i hear is billie holiday, it's all that i play

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


or the tennis player

ladimon Says:


This name is so cute. It doesn't fit in with my usual naming style, so I'd only use it as nickname.

RoddyThlayli Says:


My cousin recently named a roleplay character of her's Billie, and I'm surprised by how appealing I find it. She has it short for Beatrice-Luna as opposed to any of the more normal long forms (Wilhelmina, Willa, Willow etc).

Emma Says:


Billie was in the top 1000 names from 1900 to 1997 according to the United States social security giving it as long of a history for girls as Billy has for boys. To me nicknames like Billie, Sam, Alex, Joey, Dani, Jules ect can't belong to just one gender because they come legitimately from both girls names and boys names. But that is just my two cents.

Wittyusername103 Says:


Is it bad I like this as it's own name?

Amber Renee Says:


I LOVE Billie as a nickname but I don't think I would use it as a given name. I actually really like Billie as a nn for Willow.

vintageisfave Says:


I've always HATED this on a girl. To me, it's exclusively for boys.

RoddyThlayli Says:


One of the few boyish nicknames I could ever see on a girl. Eddie and Roddy are a couple of others (Roddy due to the fact that one of my friends and a cousin call me this).

kate Says:


Like Michael Jacksons song!!!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I like this name but LOATHE Wilhelmina. I'd use Billie as a nickname for Belinda.

coco55 Says:


I heard that Billie was short for Abigail. My baby cousin was born today and her name is Abigail and I heard Billie is short for Abigail and I love the name Billie for a girl and I think it will be a super cute nickname

KateMB Says:


Love this name and the meaning. I'm going to name my future daughter Billie with the middle name Jean after my grandmother.

Guest Says:


Kinda liking this.