Of Irish origin.
Means warrior and protector.
First form was Uilliame. Also, a shortened version of William that derives from the Germanic name Willahelm.
Saint William of Gellone was an 8th century cousin of Charlemagne, who became a monk.
The name became very popular in England when William the Conqueror was the first Norman king in the country.
Until the end of the 18th century, Liam was virtually unknown outside Ireland. After 1850, when over a million people left Ireland to escape the catastrophic potato famine, Irish names were heard everywhere.
Famous bearers of the name are Liam Neeson, Liam Gallagher, Liam Payne, Liam Hemsworth, Liam Cunningham.
Liam is a popular name in Australia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, United States, Canada, New Zealand.
Liam Neeson is an Irish actor, ranked among the “100 top movie stars of all time”, by Empire magazine.
His long and amazing career include roles in numerous successful films, such as “Schindler’s List”, “The Bounty”, “Star Wars”, “Batman”, “Taken”, “Love Actually”, “Gangs of New York”, etc.
In the following video you may watch a surprise appearance of Neeson in Ellen DeGeneres’ show for a good cause: