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Gender: Male Meaning of Billy: "resolute protection" Origin of Billy: English, diminutive of William Billy's Popularity in 2017: #835

The name Billy is a boy's name of English origin meaning "resolute protection". Billy is ranked #835 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Cowboy Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Billy

William Martin "Billy" Joel, American 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" Wilder, Austrian-American film director
William "Billy" Ray Cyrus, American musician/actor
Stephen William "Billy" Bragg, English singer-songwriter
Billy Bob Thornton, American actor
Billy Boyd, Scottish actor
Billy Warlock (born William Alan Leming), American actor
William Richard "Billy" West, American voice actor
William "Billy" Connolly, Scottish comedian/actor
William Everett "Billy" Preston, American R&B musician
William Albert "Billy" Burke, American actor
William Edward "Billy" Crystal, American actor/comedian
Billy Ray Burton, son of actress Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton
William "Billy" Baldwin, American actor, producer, writer
William "Billy" Corgan Jr., American rock singer (The Smashing Pumpkins) and producer
Billy Stamos, son of American actor John Stamos

Pop Culture References for the name Billy

Billy Pilgrim, main character in Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five"
"Billy Elliot," musical, film and main character
Billy Nutter, character on TV's "Jane by Design"
Billy, main character on animated series "Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy"
Billy Cranston, Blue Ranger from the Power Rangers series
"Billy Madison," movie and main character
Billy Bickle, character in movie "Seven Psychopaths"
Dr Billy Peale, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Billy Bannister, main character of the "Dragons in Our Midst" series by Bryan Davis
Billy Thunderman, character in Nickelodian's "The Thundermans"
Billy Rosewood, character in movie "Beverly Hills Cop"
Billy Caufield, character in movie "The Dream Team"
Billy Flynn, character in the film "Chicago"
Billy, character in the film "Big"
Billy Black, character in the Twilight saga
Billy, later Billystorm, character in Erin Hunter's "Warriors" book series
Invisi Billy, son of the Invisible Man in "Monster High" show and series
William "Billy" McMahon, main character in film "The Internship"
Billy Acachalla, A character from the YouTube channel VenturianTale



jasminegarden Says:


This is my absolute favourite baby boy name! It's so sweet & means a lot to me because it has lots of nice links. I like William as well but I would definitely use this on it's own, it will be my first son's name.