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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 "Quick Question Thread?!".

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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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Famous People Named Willem

Willem Frederik (William I), King of the Netherlands
Willem Frederik George Lodewijk (William II), King of the Netherlands
Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk (William III), King of the Netherlands
Willem-Alexander Claus George Ferdinand, King of the Netherlands
William "Willem" Dafoe, American actor
Willem de Kooning, Dutch-American painter
Willem Einthoven, Dutch physician; winner of the Nobel Prize
Vincent Willem van Gogh, Dutch painter
Willem Barentsz, Dutch navigator, cartographer, and Arctic explorer
Willem de Sitter, Dutch mathematician, physicist and astronomer
Gatsby Willem Hollingsworth (b. 2018) son of Ben Hollingsworth

Pop Culture References for the name Willem

Willem De Ruiter, a character in the "Just One Day" book series by Gayle Forman


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.