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What does the name Billy mean?



William is a Teutonic name meaning "strong protector"; many southern (and other) Williams are known as Billy. According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, William was ranked as the 5th most popular baby name in 2009.

Billy is derived from William, meaning "desire to protect." It's of German heritage, and many great men have been named such.

Bill is short for William from Germanic name Wilhelm, was composed of the elements "will, desire" and "helmet, protection". Thanks

Billy is the short form of William, first used in the 19th century. The change may have been influenced by an Irish pronunciation.

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