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Gender: Male Meaning of Liam: "resolute protection" Origin of Liam: Irish short form of William Liam's Popularity in 2017: #1

The name Liam is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "resolute protection". Liam is ranked #1 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Royal Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Spelling Bee Name Game".

From the experts:

Liam takes the crown at the new Number 1 boys' name for 2017, joining the elite group of names to top the list. Liam began as a short form of William, but has long stood on its own and for several years now has been one of the most popular baby names for boys. It is now the fastest-rising Irish names in the US, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time ever in 2012, and before climbing to Number 1, held the Number 2 spot for four years in a row.

Irish-born actor Liam Neeson was instrumental in driving Liam up the charts, as was, to a lesser degree, former Oasis member Liam (born William) Gallagher, and, more recently, One Direction member Liam Payne . Celebrities who have chosen Liam for their sons include Tori Spelling, Calista Flockhart, Rod Stewart, Kevin Costner and Craig Ferguson.

Internationally, Liam is enjoying great popularity not only in the U.S. and Ireland, but in Sweden.

Jaunty and richly textured, Liam holds solidly to the title of most popular of the boys' names starting with L.

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Famous People Named Liam

Liam John Neeson, Irish actor
Liam Hemsworth, Australian actor
Liam James Payne, English singer of group One Direction
Liam Cosgrave, Irish politician who served as Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) from 1973-1977
Liam Fox, British politician; former Secretary of State for Defense
Liam Brady, Irish footballer
Liam Padraic Aiken, American actor
Liam Cunningham, Irish actor
Liam Dryden, Scottish internet personality, actor, and musician
William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher, English singer
Liam James, Canadian actor
Liam Lynch (born William Patrick Niederst), American musician and writer
Liam Aylward, Irish politician
Liam Dominic Byrne, British politician
Liam McIntyre, Australian actor
Liam Christopher O'Brien, American actor
Liam O'Flaherty, Irish novelist
William "Liam" Clancy, Irish folk singer
Liam Mullane Finn, New Zealand singer-songwriter
Liam Garrigan, English actor
Liam Howlett, English composer, DJ, and record producer
Liam Patrick McKenna, Irish singer and TV personality
Liam Thomas O'Donnell, American actor
Liam Kyle Sullivan, American comedian, actor, and musician
Liam Jones, Australian rules footballer
Liam Waite (born Liam Owen East), American actor
Liam Andrew Wright, English film director
Liam Wilson, American bassist
Liam Walker Dunaway O'Neill (b. 1980), son of actress Faye Dunaway
Liam McAlister Stewart (b. 1994), son of singer Rod Stewart
Liam Timothy Costner (b. 1996), son of actor Kevin Costner and Bridget Rooney
Liam Flockhart (b. 2001), son of actors Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford
Liam Erixon (b. 2002), son of singer Jessica Andersson and Jonas Erixon
Liam Golan (b. 2003), son of singer Eyal Golan and beauty queen Ilanit Levi
Liam Aaron McDermott (b. 2007), son of actors Tori Spelling & Dean McDermott
Liam Lucca (adopted 2007), son of singer Tony Lucca
Liam Knight (b. 2008), son of actor Wayne Knight
Liam Allen Peterson (b. 2010), son of TV personalities Emily McKenzie and Daniel Peterson of "16 and Pregnant"
Liam James Ferguson (b. 2011), son of TV personality Craig Ferguson
Liam Weatherly (b. 2013), son of actor Michael Weatherly
Liam Choupo-Moting (b. 2013), son of footballer Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
Liam da Silva (b. 2015), son of footballer Marcelo
Liam Paiffy (b. 2016) son of actors Erica Durance and David Paiffy
Liam Henri Hartmut, Prince of Nassau (b.2016), son of Prince Félix and Princess Claire of Luxembourg.
Liam Parker (b. 2016), son of French pro basketball player Tony Parker
Liam James Tell (b.2017), son of personality Lauren Conrad.

Pop Culture References for the name Liam

Liam Stewart, character in Alexandra Bracken's series "The Darkest Minds"
Liam Lupo, character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
Liam, birth name of Angel, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel"
Liam Moore, character on TV's "Crossing Jordan"
Liam the Leprechaun, character on YouTube show "Annoying Orange"
Liam Bernal, character in Lisa M. Stasse's series "The Forsaken"
Liam Dunbar, character on TV's "Teen Wolf"
Liam Booker, character on MTV's "Faking It"
Liam Kinney, character in Marissa Meyer's series "The Lunar Chronicles"
Liam Butcher, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Team Starkid's song "Liam's Got a Phone Call"
Liam Jones, brother of Captain Hook on TV's "Once Upon a Time"
Liam Kosta, character in the game "Mass Effect: Andromeda"
Liam O' Brien, a character in the game "Assassin's Creed: Rogue"
Liam de Lioncourt, character in "Monster Prom"

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