Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Guillermo

Guillermo is the Spanish equivalent of William. William is an Old French name of Germanic origin. The name is derived from the Germanic word “wil” which translates to “will, desire” added to “helm” which means “helmet, protection.” Put them together, you’ve got a desire for protection; thus, the name William has come to stand for a valiant protector. William is by far the most successful and enduring of all the Old French names of Germanic origin. The name William was brought to England by way of the Norman Conquest in 1066. Ironically, the leader of the pack was William, Duke of Normandy, who later became William the Conqueror – and, of course, after his successful invasion, became King William of England. Not only did his reign carry Norman-French culture to England, but it also brought an almost immediate impact to the English language and an abrupt shift in naming practices. Gone were the days of names like Drogo, Aethelred and Radulf. The defeated Anglo-Saxons wanted to assimilate. Very quickly, the name William hit the charts where it has stayed for almost a millennium and spread throughout Europe. This popular name spawned several other forms in various languages starting with Wilhelm in ancient Germanic and morphing into William (English); Guillaume (French); Liam (Irish); Guglielmo (Italian); Guilherme (Portuguese); and, of course, the ever charming Guillermo in Spanish. The stamina and endurance of Guillermo’s appeal is nothing short of extraordinary. A true classic. Guillermo remains a top choice Spain today.

All About the Baby Name – Guillermo

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME GUILLERMO

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME GUILLERMO

Guillermo has been around in America for well over 100 years but did not start to stick to the charts until 1920. Like many names of Spanish origin, Guillermo’s usage grew steadily along with the rising Hispanic population in the United States. The name reached its peak popularity in the mid-1990s at the higher end of moderate usage. Today, as with many Spanish names, Guillermo is slipping in popularity despite the continued growth of the Spanish-speaking population in America. This is due to second and third generation Hispanics who have assimilated more fully into American society and are now following the naming trends of the country at large. Many are leaving their Spanish names behind as they draw from other more popular name choices not necessarily distinct to their culture. Too bad for ethnically Spanish poetic names like Guillermo. The nickname often used is Memo, which we think is adorable.

Quick Facts

ON GUILLERMO

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

Spanish

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

686

PRONUNCIATION:

gee-YER-mo

SIMPLE MEANING:

Valiant Protector

Characteristics

OF GUILLERMO

Dependable

Solid

Practical

Hard-working

Industrious

Studious

Conservative

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Guillermo

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME GUILLERMO

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Guillermo

Popular Songs

ON GUILLERMO

We cannot find any popular or well-known songs with the name of Guillermo


Famous People

NAMED GUILLERMO

Guillermo Diaz (basketball player)
Guillermo Vilas (Argentinean tennis player)
Guillermo Cañas (Argentinean tennis player)
Guillermo Coria (Argentinean tennis player)
Guillermo Díaz (actor)
Guillermo Díaz (Jimmy Kimmel Live sidekick)
Guillermo García-López (Spanish tennis player)
Guillermo Ochoa (Mexican footballer)
Guillermo del Toro (Mexican film director)

Children of Famous People

NAMED GUILLERMO

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Guillermo

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME GUILLERMO

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Guillermo