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Dovahkiin Thu 06-Mar-14 23:37:32

William? DH and I both love it, DD would have been called it, I like that's it's traditional and is the name of half of my historical heroes. However, we live abroad but will be moving to the South-East in the summer so I've no idea how popular it is. I've seen the statistics but don't know if little Wills are evenly scattered across the UK or clustered in a big pile just outside Tonbridge...

I am prepared to walk away from it if there will be more than one other Will in class. I was cursed with a v common 70s/early 80s name and there have always been at least two other girls with my name at every stage of my life. Middle name will be David so alternatives to William also gratefully received smile

LCHammer Thu 06-Mar-14 23:41:45

Hello Sarah (or Claire or Louise). I only know a handful of little Williams. Lots of contact professionally with children. Nice name.

clary Thu 06-Mar-14 23:45:20

William is a lovely name but it is popular. I teach secondary and there is one in most classes. My youngest DC is 10 so I am a bit hazy on much younger children but I reckon it has held strong for a while.

Ultimately you should go for a name you love

ExcuseTypos Thu 06-Mar-14 23:53:36

I don't think it's very common with primary age children. I only know of one William under 11 and I work with children.

BikeRunSki Fri 07-Mar-14 00:00:56

Office of National Statistics Baby NAmes data If you download the "Boys" spreadsheet, there are tables showing the top 10 names by region. William is no. 5 in the SE.

EuellG Fri 07-Mar-14 00:17:16

William is a good name

procrastinatingagain Fri 07-Mar-14 01:13:52

I only know 2, one is over 30 and the other lives in Australia.

Flopsygrowsup Fri 07-Mar-14 01:23:40

In Ds 9 year there are 4 we are in the se. A few more at cubs, rugby and Spanish

Dovahkiin Fri 07-Mar-14 01:25:06

Thanks everyone for the positive comments, and a useful link Bird - I think 800 out of 55,000 boys is manageable. Decision made, unless the new August statistics throw everything out smile

mumbaisapphirebluespruce Fri 07-Mar-14 01:29:04

It is popular, but it is lovely. I know 3 under the age of 5 in my wider friends of friends/Facebook friends circle. They are all in London & South East area. It was one of our choices if DD had been a boy.

LargeBustedMamma Fri 07-Mar-14 01:39:36

If I had a third child & it had been a boy, I would have called it William Frederick, nn Billy. We are in the south east and I don't know of any other young boys with this name however statistically it appears to be popular.

if you love a name does it really matter how popular it is? My two always had 2 or 3 others with the same name at senior school & it never bothered them. I on the other hand had a very unusual name & hated being different! Love my name now though.

ShesARumUn Fri 07-Mar-14 08:18:14

I am in the South East and William is easily the most popular name where I live. It seems that every second boy is called William around here. It is a lovely name, so I can understand its popularity, but a bit too over-used for me.

Nataleejah Fri 07-Mar-14 08:47:30

I have a William. Very popular, but certainly never wrong and never goes out of fashion. Good enough for royalty -- good enough for my child smile

pommedeterre Sat 08-Mar-14 18:21:33

Dd1 in her nursery year and there are two in her class. Also know of two others the same age.

EdithWeston Sat 08-Mar-14 18:28:18

I'd say there are two or three in each school year.

Only1scoop Sat 08-Mar-14 18:31:26

Classic ....lovely

Focusingkingqueen Sat 08-Mar-14 18:37:53

Never met one, it's definitely not used in our circles.

missmagnum Sat 08-Mar-14 18:47:14

I live in the north west and don't know any under the age of 10. Definitely depends on where you live.

It's a lovely timeless name.

Glasshammer Sat 08-Mar-14 18:50:00

I know two. An adult one in his 40's and a tiny new born. I know lots if folk

everlong Sat 08-Mar-14 20:25:16

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MaxsMummy2012 Sat 08-Mar-14 20:28:05

I work in a school in hertfordshire and we only have one william in the entire school in year 5 (so aged 9-10). If it's a name you love thengo for it.

MaxsMummy2012 Sat 08-Mar-14 20:28:37

That should of said he's in year 5.

Misspilly88 Sat 08-Mar-14 21:07:22

We have 3 Williams in my preschool class, nice name but v popular

CPtart Sat 08-Mar-14 21:16:43

I live in the North West. DS 1 has two Williams in his year.
DS2 has one, and his own middle name is William.
Love the name. Popular is fine when it's a classy name.

AmberDextrous Sat 08-Mar-14 21:20:01

Nice name but very popular & getting more so.

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