William Family History

14-Day Free Trial

GIVE ME ACCESS

William Name Meaning

English: from the Norman form of an Old French personal name composed of the Germanic elements wil ‘will’, ‘desire’ + helm ‘helmet’, ‘protection’. This was introduced into England at the time of the Conquest, and within a very short period it became the most popular personal name in England, mainly no doubt in honor of the Conqueror himself.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hillian, Gilliam, Gwilliam, Willing, Willits, Illian, Wildman

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

William Family Origin

Where is the William family from?

SHOW MORE

William Family Occupations

What did your William ancestors do for a living?

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your William ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

SHOW MORE
  • Coal Miner

    5%
  • Farmer

    5%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the William family was Agricultural Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by William. The most common William occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of William's were Coal Miners.

Source: Census data for William | Data not to scale

William Historical Records

What William family records will you find?

Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your William ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

Search 1891 UK census records for William

Solve your own mystery as you explore your history.

William Life Expectancy

What is the average William lifespan?

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your William ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

SHOW MORE

United States

Famous William Family

Is anyone famous hiding in your tree?

SHOW MORE
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Nikola Tesla1856 - 1943 (86)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
Ella Fitzgerald1918 - 1996 (78)
Nikola Tesla1856 - 1943 (86)

Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
James Dean1931 - 1955 (24)
Look up another name