Gender: Male Meaning of Will: "resolute protector" Origin of Will: Diminutive of William Will's Popularity in 2019: #983

Will Origin and Meaning

The name Will is a boy's name of English origin meaning "resolute protector".

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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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.