Gender: Male Meaning of Willem: "resolute protector" Origin of Willem: Dutch variation of William

The name Willem is a boy's name meaning "resolute protector". Willem and is often added to lists like Cool Boy Names From Around the World and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia - with middles!".

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Common in Holland, the appealing Willem (as in de Kooning and Dafoe) makes William fresh and distinctive.

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Rosie2525 Says:


This is such an unusual name, I put it on my list! :)

LostKid Says:


I really like this as apposed to William.

steampunkleo Says:


Love it! Nice alternative to the ever so popular William.