Names Like William

March 6th, 2013

From William the Conquerer to Sweet William to, he’s a name with many hats.  William is going to be very much on everyone’s minds this year, as we watch to see what the crown prince calls his first child.  If it’s a boy, I’d be a bit surprised if the name isn’t on the list below.

Someone in the Olivia post brought up a good point:  common names are well liked for a reason.  They roll off the tongue, they appeal to everyone.  Interjecting with less common names by definition will not have the same level of acceptance.  But if you’re here reading, perhaps there’s one or two that will pique your interest, or that you and your partner can agree on.  At least, that’s my hope.














Brothers: Ambrose, Albert, John (not Jack), Peter, Robert

Sisters: Annabel, Hermione, Imogen, Petula, Verity (going Britishy here, can you tell?)


Sweet William Lithograph here

16 Responses to “Names Like William”

  1. Bekea Says:

    Well, I know I’d be surprised if Wallace was in the name, what with Wallis Simpson and all that, but those are solid, handsome names.

    I read a book a month or two ago that I can’t remember the name of (it wasn’t that great), but I do remember there being a character named William who went by Wim. I kind of loved it.

  2. Janel Says:

    I heard on the radio this morning that Princess Kate might have slipped that they are having a girl. I’d like to see a post speculating on girl names for them.

    We have a son William (Will) and his brothers are John, Thomas, and Joseph. For the next baby we are considering George or Edward. Annabel is on my list for a girl, as is Louise.

  3. SarahP Says:

    My mother’s side of the family has British roots and I swear every male is either William, James or John, or some nickname of those. My grandfather was William Virgil, which I find interesting but not exactly attractive. I’m glad Virgil isn’t on your list ;)

  4. Holly Says:

    I have loved Walter for years. I always get paranoid when a name I like is on a list because next thing I know, half the country has “stolen” my favorite name. Lovely list!

  5. Abby Says:

    Serious question… would anyone actually use Hermione? I LOVE that name. Mostly because I love the character with that name from Harry Potter. But would people judge for giving a girl that name? Just wondering!

  6. Melody Says:

    I’d be tempted. Never really thought of it much before, but my husband and I got together in high school, and literature/Harry Potter was a big part of our lives, so it would almost be a bit fitting. I do question whether they might roll their eyes when they’re older (“Mum, why did you name me after Harry Potter?!”) but we’ll see. Hermione is now at least on my “possibility” list for our hypothetical future child :)

  7. Jamie Says:

    I’ve wondered the same thing! I love the name, but b/c of HP, and it was in those books where I first heard it. I think people would definitely think you named her after Hermione Granger, so it’s up to you to decide whether you care or not :)

  8. Waltzing More Than Matilda Says:

    I read a lot of birth notices; obviously there’s a stack of Williams, and the most common names I see it matched with are Jack and Thomas, and quite a bit of Nicholas and Patrick. Sister names are more diverse, but Charlotte seems to be a massive favourite.

    It’s hard to think of a “daring” alternative to William, when it’s so safe and classic, but I think your suggestion of Walter is fabulous (and Albert would be lovely too).

  9. Lashley Says:

    Wim is great!

  10. Lashley Says:

    I think the nickname potential makes William stand out from so many other choices. It seems like many parents want something that sounds current and boyish for their boy with a back-up “grown up” name. Will and Liam (or Wim!) can choose to be William later on. Phil and Tom(my) don’t quite do it, in my opinion. I like the potential of Edward (Teddy!) and Frederick to handle that conundrum. I also like Theodore (Theo, Teddy), but I hear that often – my friend was at the doctor with her 5yo Theo and there were 2 other Theodores there!

    I love Philip though! Do you think it will see a bump after 2 baby Philips were born on The Office? And George! Do you think Henry will make it into the top ten soon?

    I know a preschool-aged Walt (not Walter) and it’s very fitting.

    Other ideas (FYI – I can’t remember what’s included on other lists or the exact rules) -

  11. Skizzo Says:

    One of the most boring names of all time. I hate it, along with Robert, Michael and John.

  12. Maria Says:

    Here in Holland Wim is a very common name, it’s short for Willem.
    It’s mostly a name older men have, but it’s making a comeback!

  13. Sophia Says:

    I know a little Hermione! Her siblings are Oliver “Ollie”, Zoe and Archibald “Archie”. I think it’s delicious! Obviously the Harry Potter association can’t really be avoided, but I think it’s too much of a gem to let that totally overrule it being used. Love it :)

  14. Sophia Says:

    I actually love William, but I would never use it just because it’s too popular for my taste. My little cousin Sunny wears it in the middle, and I think it’s very sweet with his more quirky first name. The Williams I know match up with these siblings:

    James and Eleanor “Leni”
    Bethany and Ella
    Zoe Anastasia, Mia Louise and Samuel Jack (William’s middle name is Louis)
    Emily Jane and Lucy Elizabeth
    Isabella “Bella”
    Alexander Chisell “Alex”

    …And at least two of these boys sport the middle name James.
    I also know a Will (brothers Edwin, Robert and Lewis), a Wim (from Belgium) a Willem (from Germany) and a Willy (middle name George, siblings Bronte, Rufus and Alfie).

  15. Birdie Says:

    It is a time honored tradition to give children the name of a beloved character from literature and there’s no rule stating said literature need be a century old to qualify. Hermione is a great name and the HP character is an admirable and endearing one. Why not use it?

  16. Elle Says:

    My former assistant was a William – and he is a HUGE advocate for his name. He found an article when our boss’s wife was pregnant about the timelessness of William (It’s been in the top 10 baby names for boys forever) and advocated hard for it for their 3rd son – and won (might have helped that Mom’s dad was a William as well). Their other boys are James and Michael, so it fit the classic theme nicely.

    I’m a DC-ite and enjoyed name nerd-ing out while walking around the Cherry Blossom Festival’s Youth Art exhibit
    I noticed one of the schools ALL of the girls names with two exceptions (Elizabeth and Katherine) ended in an -a or -ee sound. I also noticed the -a’s were a little older than the -ee gals. It was fascinating and there are some extremely talented kids out there.

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