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William I of the Netherlands.jpg
King Willem I of the Netherlands in 1819.
Willem is the given and regnal name of the first three kings of the Netherlands. Also known as Dikke Willem
PronunciationDutch: [ˈʋɪləm]
Afrikaans: [ˈvələm]
Other gender
FeminineWillemina, Willemijn
MeaningVehement protector
Region of originBelgium, Netherlands
Other names
Variant form(s)Guillaume, Wilhelm, Wilhelmus, William
Nickname(s)Jelle, Pim, Willie, Willy, Wim
DerivedWil (will) + helm (helmet, protection)
Related namesWilhelmina, Willems
Popularitysee popular names

Willem (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋɪləm]) is a Dutch and West Frisian[2] masculine given name. The name is Germanic, and can be seen as the Dutch equivalent of the name William in English, Guillaume in French, Guilherme in Portuguese, Guillermo in Spanish and Wilhelm in German. Nicknames that are derived from Willem are Jelle, Pim, Willie, Willy and Wim.

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  1. ^ Willem - Meaning and origin of the name Willem, babynames.co.uk
  2. ^ Rienk de Haan, Fryske Foarnammen, Leeuwarden, 2002 (Friese Pers Boekerij), ISBN 9 03 30 11 506, p. 158.

See also[edit]

  • Willeke, a related Dutch feminine given name
  • Willems, surname of Dutch origin