Boy Names baby nameLiam

What does the name Liam mean?

The different meanings of the name Liam are:
  • Germanic meaning: Will, desire and helmet, protection
  • Hebrew meaning: Determined Guardian, My people
  • Celtic - Gaelic meaning: Unwavering protector
  • Irish meaning: Resolute protector
The meaning of the name “Liam” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: The baby boy name Liam is an Irish derivative of William, 'Uilliam', meaning "resolute protector". It is used widely as an independent first name and also has a Hebrew meaning "my people", "I have a nation", "Helmet of Will".

Liam is an Irish name descended from the German name Wilhelm. After “Wilhelm” became “William” in English, the name spread to Ireland, where it became “Ulliam.” This name was often shortened to “Liam,” which has become an independent name. It was an exclusively Irish name until the Great Famine in the mid-19th century drove many Irish natives to other countries. They brought the name Liam with them, and it grew in popularity among non-Irish families.

There are other languages that use the name “Liam,” namely Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian. In these languages, the name means, ‘My Nation’, ‘in harmony’, ‘protective and supportive’ respectively. The name Liam has only one nickname that is known and the nickname is Lee. The variant of this name (Liam) are Ulliam, Uilleag and Ulick while the related names include: William, Wilhelm and Guillaume. There are no known feminine forms of this name.

It is spelt differently in different part of the world and this includes: Vilim in Croatian, Vilhelm in Danish, Willem in Dutch, Guglielmo in Italian, Ullieam in Scottish, Guillermo in Spanish and Gwilym in Welsh.

Liam is among the most popular baby boy names in USA for 2012, ranking at number 6, but also a popular name in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and other territories.

As of 2014, Liam is the 2nd most popular name for boys in the United States, the 67th most popular in the U.K., and the most popular boy name in Canada. Liam is a name that has only recently come into widespread popularity. In 2000, it ranked 140th in popularity for U.S. boys’ names, but by 2010 it had soared up to 30th place, and in 2014 it ranked 2nd in the entire nation. Liam will probably remain a very common name for at least a few to fit in with those of his peers.

Some of the celebrities who are known by this name are: Liam Fox who is a British politician, Liam Gallagher who is a lead singer of Oasis, Liam Lynch who is an American singer, Liam Hemsworth who is an Australian actor, Liam Neeson, Irish actor and Liam Payne who is a British singer and member of One Direction.

If you prefer more traditional names, consider William as an option. If you want your child’s name to better reflect his Irish roots, than the Gaelic versions of this name, Ulliam or Ullieag, might be a better match.