From authors to conquerors and kings, the name William has been popular in Europe for nearly one thousand years. Derived from German words meaning “will” and “helmet,” variants of the name include Liam, Wilson, Wiley and Wilmott.
Previous ranking: A relatively stable name among the list in recent years, William ranked third in 2011 and fifth in 2009 and 2010.
Our 2013 prediction: With more traditional baby names gaining popularity and media surrounding the birth of Prince William’s first born this summer, expect to see William among the top five boys names in 2013.
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