Of Germanic origin.

Short form of the name William.

Possibly derives from an Irish pronunciation of William.

Other forms of the name are: Billy, Billie, Willy, Wil, Ville, Vili.

Famous bearers are Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Bill Withers, Bill Murray, Bill Haley, Bill Wyman, Bill Nighy, Bill Pullman, Bill Cosby, Bill Kreutzmann, Bill Paxton, Bill Evans, Bill Graham, Bill Blass, Bill Burr, Bill Duke.

Computer programmer and entrepreneur Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft which is the largest pc software company in the world.