Short form of WILLIAM. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been influenced by an earlier Irish pronunciation of the name. Famous bearers include basketball player Bill Russell (1934-), comedian Bill Cosby (1937-), American president Bill Clinton (1946-), and Microsoft founder Bill Gates (1955-).
Famous People: Bill Gateswiki (Businessperson, 1955, United States), Bill Clintonwiki (Politician, 1946, United States), Bill Murraywiki (Actor, 1950, United States), Bill Cosbywiki (Actor, 1937, United States), Buffalo Billwiki (Celebrity, 1846, United States), Bill Nighywiki (Actor, 1949, United Kingdom), Bill Shanklywiki (Coach, 1913, United Kingdom), Bill Evanswiki (Musician, 1929, United States), Bill Russellwiki (Basketball Player, 1934, United States), Bill Maherwiki (Actor, 1956, United States)