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Gender: Male Meaning of Will: "resolute protector" Origin of Will: Diminutive of William Will's Popularity in 2017: #896

The name Will is a boy's name of English origin meaning "resolute protector". Will is ranked #896 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

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" Rogers, American actor and comedian
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, American actor and rapper
John William "Will" Ferrell, American actor and comedian
William Emerson "Will" Arnett, American actor
William Rankin "Will" Patton, American actor
William Donald "Will" Grigg, Northern Irish footballer
William Robert "Will" Young, English singer-songwriter
William Nuschler "Will" Clark, American baseball player
Orville Willis "Will" Forte, American actor and comedian
Will Geer (born William Aughe Ghere), American actor
William David "Will" Johnson, Canadian soccer player
William Jack "Will" Poulter, English actor
William Woodard "Will" Self, English novelist
Wilbur H. "Will" Jennings, American songwriter
William "Will" Champion, English drummer of band Coldplay
William Harrison "Will" Hays, American politician who enacted the Hays Code
Will Allen, American NFL player
William "Will" Sasso, Candian actor and comedian
William Ballard "Will" Hurd, U.S. Congressman from Texas

Pop Culture References for the name Will

William "Will" Harold Ryan Munson, character in CBS soap opera, As The World Turns, Portrayed by Jesse Lee Soffer.
William "Will" Halstead, character on TV's Chicago Med.
Will Hunting, main character in film "Good Will Hunting"
William "Will" Truman, character on TV's Will and Grace
William "Will" Turner, a main character in the Pirates of the Caribbean films
Will Graham, character on TV's Hannibal
Will, character in the Divergent trilogy
Will Scarlet, one of Robin Hood's Merry Men
Wilbur "Will" Trent, character in the series by Karin Slaughter
William Michael "Will" Schuester, character on TV's "Glee"
Will Parry, character in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy
William "Will" Herondale, character in the Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Will Solace, character in the 'Heroes of Olympus' series (Rick Riordan)
Will Treaty, main character in John Flanagan's series "Ranger's Apprentice"
Will Brian, character in "Sufficiently Remarkable"
Will Tippin, character on TV's Alias
Will Grayson, name shared by the main characters in John Green and David Levithan's Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Will, character on TV's "The Fosters"
Will Byers, a character on TV's "Stranger Things"
Will Belmont, a character on TV's "Scream"
Will Lamontagne, character on TV's "Criminal Minds"
Will Younger, character in film "How It Ends"
Will Munson, character on "X-Men"
Wilhelmina/Wilma "Will" Vandom, female Guardian of Quintessence in "W.I.T.C.H" series
Will Mystery, researcher of Fantasy lands in the Thea Stilton books
Will Benjamin, character on TV's "H2O: Just Add Water"
Will, character in the Pokémon video game series


TechnoKitten Says:


''Will'' you name your kid this?

Kimbie Says:


Another American here and I’ve never heard Will Shakespeare either.

podsolnechnik13 Says:


Two of my favourite books/series have protagonists called Will: The Dark is Rising, and the Tripods series.

morning_glory Says:


I was kinda joking, but in an aggrieved fashion! I do like to use the "you Americans" line though because we have American relatives ;)

I agree, it's a great nickname.

MissMarshall Says:


I live in America, and I've NEVER heard anyone say Will Shakespeare. That just sounds wrong...Sorry if you were joking and I didn't pick it up :)

That aside, it's a nice nickname for William.

morning_glory Says:


Well, you Americans might say Will Shakespeare, but We. Do. Not.

Aside from that, I've really come to appreciate WIll - I used to not like it very much, but it's pretty much the modern day version of Scott - uber-cool surfer-dude . . .

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I love the meaning of the word Will for a name, but if a kid was just named Will, everyone would just assume it's a short form of William.