Liam Name Meaning

With all the familiarity of William without the formality, Liam is a charming choice for parents to be. Unlike most nicknames, Liam is strong enough to stand on his own two feet and shine, distinguishing himself from his name root with ease. He’s short, sweet, and to the point – a no nonsense spinoff that earns attention everywhere he goes. His strong meaning is a stark contrast to his gentle sound, winning hearts left and right. Who wouldn’t love a little guardian, after all?

Liam is the cool kid on the block, bursting onto the baby name scene in the U.S. and conquering the charts at number one for the first time in 2017. It’s no surprise parents are loving Liam, as the name flips the trendy -lee sound generally seen at the tail end of names like Bentley or Wesley onto its head, literally. He fits in well among other names seen today yet ages effortlessly as seen in action star, Liam Neeson.

Little Liam is full of life and ready to take on the great wide world out there. He is free to explore and wander without the stuffiness of formality or titles yet not so wild to make a scene everywhere he goes.

Infographic of Liam name meaning, which is A diminutive of William and Uilliam, Liam means helmet of will or guardian.
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Liam Name Popularity

How popular is the name Liam? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 0 0%
1913 0 0%
1914 0 0%
1915 0 0%
1916 0 0%
1917 0 0%
1918 0 0%
1919 0 0%
1920 0 0%
1921 0 0%
1922 0 0%
1923 0 0%
1924 0 0%
1925 0 0%
1926 0 0%
1927 0 0%
1928 0 0%
1929 0 0%
1930 0 0%
1931 0 0%
1932 0 0%
1933 0 0%
1934 0 0%
1935 0 0%
1936 0 0%
1937 0 0%
1938 0 0%
1939 0 0%
1940 0 0%
1941 0 0%
1942 0 0%
1943 0 0%
1944 0 0%
1945 0 0%
1946 0 0%
1947 0 0%
1948 0 0%
1949 0 0%
1950 0 0%
1951 0 0%
1952 0 0%
1953 0 0%
1954 1,543 5 0.0003%
1955 1,315 8 0.0004%
1956 1,470 5 0.0003%
1957 1,305 9 0.0005%
1958 1,443 6 0.0003%
1959 1,243 11 0.0006%
1960 1,588 5 0.0003%
1961 1,184 13 0.0007%
1962 1,429 6 0.0003%
1963 967 25 0.0014%
1964 1,005 22 0.0012%
1965 937 26 0.0016%
1966 881 32 0.002%
1967 815 41 0.0027%
1968 886 32 0.0021%
1969 954 29 0.0019%
1970 1,125 21 0.0013%
1971 952 35 0.0023%
1972 910 37 0.0027%
1973 877 41 0.0032%
1974 989 31 0.0024%
1975 817 57 0.0044%
1976 921 41 0.0032%
1977 806 66 0.0049%
1978 791 72 0.0054%
1979 793 73 0.0052%
1980 824 71 0.0049%
1981 781 80 0.0054%
1982 696 107 0.0072%
1983 690 104 0.007%
1984 724 94 0.0063%
1985 745 94 0.0062%
1986 734 101 0.0067%
1987 760 98 0.0064%
1988 719 124 0.008%
1989 661 173 0.0107%
1990 623 219 0.0132%
1991 625 220 0.0135%
1992 601 244 0.0153%
1993 517 350 0.0224%
1994 363 624 0.0407%
1995 241 1,178 0.0782%
1996 184 1,730 0.1155%
1997 162 2,094 0.1416%
1998 155 2,195 0.1467%
1999 141 2,698 0.1802%
2000 140 2,775 0.1817%
2001 131 3,021 0.2005%
2002 113 3,375 0.2252%
2003 114 3,563 0.2342%
2004 112 3,825 0.251%
2005 104 4,147 0.2712%
2006 98 4,512 0.2882%
2007 89 5,138 0.3256%
2008 75 5,978 0.3868%
2009 49 8,563 0.5729%
2010 30 10,927 0.7583%
2011 15 13,433 0.9428%
2012 6 16,796 1.1787%
2013 3 18,131 1.2735%
2014 2 18,451 1.2664%
2015 2 18,355 1.2615%
2016 2 18,198 1.2622%
2017 1 18,728 1.3418%
2018 1 19,837 1.4438%
2019 1 20,502 1.5145%
2020 1 19,386 1.523%
2021 1 20,272 1.6583%
2022 1 20,207 1.5317%

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Names Like Liam

If you like Liam, you’ll love these other names like Liam.

What names are diminutives of Liam?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Liam sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Liam, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Pasture or meadow


What names are variants of Liam?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Liam.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Will helmet, protection



Desiring peace; will helmet, protection



Will helmet, protection



A willing protector


What names sound like Liam?

If you like how Liam sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Liam.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Plowed land



Belonging to God



Belonging to God






Brave lion



Joined together


What names are similar to Liam?

Find a name that’s like Liam, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Little fire



Enduring and strong



Home ruler



God is gracious



Long hill



Small hollow



From Lucania



To rest



Olive tree



Little king


Lists With Liam

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Liam.

Siblings of Liam

Mamas with kids named Liam also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender

Man's defender; defender, protector









Follower of Dionysius



Who resembles God?



God's promise; God is my oath



Gracous, Field



Follower of Christ



King’s clearing



Long hill



Gift of God



Little king






Hill of heather



Fuller of cloth



Olive tree



God's gift



Son of Jack



Rival; laborious; eager



  1. Irish (short) version for William , it’s the same name meaning of William but I feel Liam is more modern

  2. Always wanted to name my son Liam

  3. Liam is popular and this was all cool to learn about this name.

  4. I love the name cause it’s unique

  5. Just a name that both parents loved

  6. We chose the name Liam because it was very unique at the time.

  7. My name is Liam and this was interesting to learn

  8. My dad and brother’s name is William but they go by Bill and Will. So we thought Liam was a great other rendition of the name William!

  9. I love the simplicity of it but how it’s not common in my area.

  10. I chose the name Liam because it will be easy for him to write when he is old enough and it starts with a L to match my name that also starts with an L. And also bc Liam Neeson is a really great actor!

  11. Liam is short for William-after both of my grandfathers, my Dad’s middle name and my brother. Matthew is in honor of my husband’s brother who passed when they were young.
    Love the meaning also–strong willed warrior or protector.

  12. His dad always liked the name. It means strong

    • kill yourself NOW

      • what the hell man

  13. Biblical and traditional

  14. Loved the name

  15. We went through a lot of names, but choose the name Liam because it sounds cute and means Little warrior and protector.

    • I hope he died

  16. I love the name and it’s meaning

    • kys

  17. It means strong willed warrior or righteous protector. In this day&age I want a son who is strong willed and channeled well versus someone who just sways with wherever the cultural wind blows.

  18. Family name

  19. Named after actor Liam Nissan. Tough name

  20. Thought it was cute and he’s so adorable I cld just eat him up lol

  21. I really liked the name and what it means 🙂

  22. We named him William with the nickname of Liam after his father to carry on the name that his mother decided to give him before she passed but with a new twist so he can be his own man and not feel like a Junior.

  23. When we were dating the movie Taken with Liam Neeson was super popular and we both agreed that we loved the name and if we had a boy one day he would be named Liam.

  24. Family history

  25. His grandpa’s name is Bill, and we wanted to honour him but we didn’t want Billy and I wasn’t a big fan of Will or Willy. So that left us with Liam, I thought it was a great choice! His middle name is Marcus, William Marcus sounds friendly to me. And 6 years later I still love the name.

  26. I just really love the name

  27. Liam is short simple and sweet. It means “protector” and strong willed.

  28. Liam is short simple and sweet.

  29. We love the name no reason in particular

  30. My husbands family name is William, and my hubby goes by Will. We named our son William and Liam is the second half of William (because hubby is the first half)

  31. He’s perfect

  32. Baby boy’s formal name is Richard Liam after both of his grandfathers! He is the third Richard – his paternal grandfather is Richard Millard (Millard is an old British family name that they chose not to pass down) and his father is Richard Cameron (goes by Cameron). Liam is short for William in Ireland – I’m Irish and my father’s name is William. We loved Liam on its own and felt it is a short but strong name to carry him throughout his life!

  33. We wanted to have something from our Irish roots and also it’s a shortened version of his daddy’s name William.

  34. Easy to say In both English and Spanish, love that it means protector and connects to my husband’s Irish background

  35. The first name, Liam, came to me in a dream. We were still so sure we were having a girl. About a week before we found out I woke in the middle of the night with that name in my head. When we heard it was a boy, it seemed like the only option. His middle name is Scott which is my maiden name.

  36. I saw it on the Bible

  37. I always loved William but my husband thought it was too formal so we went with Liam. It means protector!

  38. Liam is short for William which is a family name on my husband’s side!

  39. My husband wanted to keep the tradition of using their family name. His middle name is William so we decided to call our baby Liam

  40. My husband has deep Scottish roots and Liam is the Celtic name for William. His middle name is Wimberly which is a town that is named after my husband’s great great great grandfather. We thought his name was the perfect blend of unique and traditional.

  41. I love my newborn baby and his name

  42. No major thought except that our son just looked like a Liam ?

  43. Liam is a very calm baby he only cries if he is gassy, hungry, or dirty, we waited 113 years for him and it was worth it he is absolutely perfect

  44. My husband has always loved the name and since his family is Irish Scottish the name fits there. It fits in my family because a lot of men in my family are named William and Liam is Irish for William.

  45. It’s the last part of the name William, which is a new take on the name. We chose it because William is a family name. I was rather saddened exactly how popular it is, didn’t realize until afterwards that it was actually the #1 boy name of 2018 according to the SSA. But, our daughter’s name (Charlie) wound up being pretty popular too, so I guess we just tend to go for trendy names?!

  46. I chose my first sons name and he is roughly named after his father. It was an old nickname a few of his old friends used. I loved it and it felt right. My husband asked to name our second son and he wanted to name him after me. Liam is like a male version of my name. It felt right and I loved the thought my husband put into it.

  47. Had twins Liam and zoey

  48. I chose Liam, because his fathers name is William, I don’t really care for William. I wanted something modern & but with meaning.

    I dislike, how common it is. I went to the pediatrician for the first time and there was 3 Liams waiting area.

    Other than that it’s a really cute name.

  49. My son’s name is Liam Daryl, my oldest brother’s wife picked Liam while I was in the hospital due to deliver, I loved it right away, don’t hear that name too much where I live, Daryl is after my youngest brother who’s birthday Liam was due on. That is how I came up with my son’s name. He is perfect and loved so much.

  50. I’ve always liked the name Liam, and it goes well with our last name. I didn’t realize it was so popular until I started researching boy names to get other ideas. I was a little disappointed because I don’t want him dealing with being one of many Liams in his class at school, but in the end we decided to stick with it because we just like the name.

  51. We chose the name Liam because his Dad’s name is William; but he goes by Will. Not only is Liam a derivative of William, but when you put Will and Liam together, you also get William. So you see, Liam is named after his Daddy.

  52. We got his bc it’s a different form of a family member that had passed

  53. We chose the name based off of its meaning and where it came from

  54. I fell in love with the name

  55. Strong-willed, protector the meaning resonates with my qualities

  56. We chose it because of its meaning of guardian and protector. I feel kids always take after their meaning somehow. We want him to be a guardian of his brothers and sisters in the future. The only thing I dislike is not having a nickname for him, that works both in English and Portuguese…

  57. Short for William, plain and simple and a nice boys name

  58. My Grandma loved watching soap opera and on the Bold and the Beautiful one character name is Liam and we was going through names one day and she suggested that and we loved it. She passed away Sept 22,18 three months before he was born.

  59. My grandma suggested the name. She loved her soap operas and on the bold and the beautiful one of the characters name is Liam. She passed 9/22/18 and Liam was born 12/30/18. So His angel chose his name

  60. Liam because it means protector and warrior
    He is my warrior he was a pree mee so warrior fits him perfect

  61. Liam is short for William. Both are very strong names.

  62. I havent heard that name and my boyfriend and I loved the name. We love the name and it also fits him as well.

  63. I thought is was a cute name

  64. I love that name because no one has it

  65. I called him Liam because we went through a lot during his pregnancy, there were complications during labour times. He survived the difficulty time hence we called him Liam a strong willed warrior

  66. I wanted a name sorta biblical (As my daughter is Genevieve Nevaeh..which is heaven backwards). Also, I’ve been in love with the name since watching the spinoff 90210 as a teenager.

  67. His name is actually William, Liam is a nickname his dad chose (we discussed other’s but settled in this one). He’s named after his dad and carrying on the family name for all first born sons. He is a fourth! William Arthur Griggs IV.

  68. Liam means strong willed warrior and protector

  69. Liam means strong-willed, warrior and protector… Born 6 weeks early he is getting stronger everyday

  70. I choose the name Liam because it means a warrior and I went through so much while carrying the baby.

  71. I loved the name Liam because it seemed so masculine and was easy for everyone to pronounce.

  72. Because my grandfather name is William & Liam is short for William .

  73. It was a name I felt drawn to. He was also named after his great – grandfather whose middle name was William.

  74. Hi to all mom’s the way we came up with our little guys name was a process of allowing our elder son (soon to be 11 years old) assist brainstorming names, just to help him feel like he had some input in his brother’s
    life. We went through names like Hulk, John Cena and a few others. We decided being christian we wanted a name from the bible so my husband chose Malachi however my son had a say “how do you expect my brother to spell his name when he just starts school you should name him Liam” No questions asked the name stuck and along came our bundle of joy who has the names Liam Malachi. What an amazing site to watch the brothers together an amazing bond.

  75. We wanted a short English name that was easy to pronounce in Spanish since we live in Madrid, Spain.
    We looked up the meaning “the protector ” and loved it!!
    Liam is our first child and we love his name

  76. We wanted a name of Irish origin that wasn’t too popular. We didn’t know any Liams personally so we went with it! We love how short it is because we have an eleven letter last name. We have had some native Germans have difficulty pronouncing the name!

  77. It was top #1 boy name for 2018 and said to be of German origin
    I feel that it matches my son’s personality and I like the way it sounds.

  78. I had the name stuck in my head since I was in middle school, not specifically for my child but I had named a stuffed bear that, characters I would write about, etc. When I got married my new last name is very Irish and we are both Irish so wanted something along those lines. When our son was born it just felt right, he was definitely our Liam!

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