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Quick Facts on Liam

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Irish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 2
Simple meaning:
Valiant protector

Characteristics of Liam

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Liam

Liam is the Irish version of William. William is ultimately derived from Willahelm, an Old High Germanic masculine name, from the Germanic elements “wil” meaning “will, desire” and “helm” which means “helmet, protection.” The name is generally translated to mean “valiant protector” (a desire to protect). The Normans brought the name to England after the Conquest of 1066 in the Norman-French form of Norman form of French Guillaume and William became one of the most all-time favorite given names from that point forward (second only to John). See the William name page for more detailed information. After the Norman conquest of Ireland in the 12th century, the Irish were then exposed to this new name. Originally Irish used Uilliam before eventually shortening to Liam. Today Liam is very popular among English speakers and people of other languages outside of the Irish. In fact, it’s like crazy trendy right now. It’s the #2 most favorite name in Canada right now (after Ethan) and it recently achieved Top 10 status in the United States (#6 in 2012). Liam is also a Top 10 in Sweden, Belgium and Norway, and a Top 20 in Australia, Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands. It’s a Top 50 favorite in England, Wales, Denmark and Slovenia.

Popularity of the Name Liam

The name Liam first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1967 at position #940 (in other words, a very rarely used name). In fact, Liam didn’t even show mild-moderate usage until the early 1990s. We noticed that there was a significant jump in popularity from 1993 to 1994, so it’s probably fair to assume that Liam Neeson helped influence the name’s appeal. In 1993, he was the star of the movie Schindler's List (a massive critical and box-office film success). And Liam caught on; since the mid-1990’s the name has kept gaining ground on the charts year-over-year without missing a beat. In 2009, the name hit the Top 50 for the first time and in 2012 it became a Top 10 favorite nationwide. They especially love Liam in the rugged states. It’s the #1 baby boys name right now in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Indiana. The name’s particular popularity in the West and Mid-West gives it a cowboy or farm boy quality.
Popularity of the Boy Name Liam
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Liam

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Liam

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Liam

    Liam We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Liam.

  • Popular Songs on Liam

    Popular Songs on Liam

    Liam - a song by In Extremo

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Liam

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Liam

    Don't Make Me Laugh, Liam (Jenny Oldfield) - Tom's cousin Liam is coming over from Dublin, Ireland. Wicked! Liam is Tom's idol. He's just like Tom only ten times noisier, and even more of a joker - he'll probably pass on a few handy tips, too. Gnarly! But all Tom's friends, and his long-suffering parents, Beth and Harry aren't so sure. Does Tom really need any more encouragement? Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Liam Goes Poo in the Toilet (Jane Whelen Banks) - Subtitled “A Story About Trouble With Toilet Training”. "This is Liam. Every day Liam eats lots of good food. Each time Liam eats, his tummy gets fuller and fuller and fuller until Liam's tummy starts to stretch." Successful toilet training is a time of celebration for both parents and child. It marks the end of dirty diapers and a forward step in the development of a child. Fraught with both stress and triumph, the period of toilet training can take from days to months. For a typical child, learning to gain control over the body's internal stimuli can be at best challenging. For many children, however, these internal cues can be overwhelming and confusing, leading to both a frustrating and traumatic toileting experience. Liam Goes Poo in the Toilet illustrates the relationship between eating and excreting. It provides visual instructions on how to "relax and push". After much fanfare, Liam finally masters going `poo' in the toilet, and both he and Mom bask in the glory of a job well done. Recommended for ages 2-4.

    Liam's Luck and Finnegan's Fortune (Tim Kiernan) - Is a four-leaf clover really lucky? That's what Finnegan tells Liam, and, boy, does his luck start to change. First, Liam catches more fish than ever before, and then he makes an unbelievable discovery. What Finnegan doesn't know is that a VIP knows about his new lucky clover and wants Finnegan to help him discover why the forest is changing. Can Liam's luck and Finnegan's fortune help save the forest and all of its creatures? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Little Liam Eagle (Nancy Rankl McGrath) - Encouraging and enthusiastic, Little Liam Eagle shares an invaluable lesson that empowers children to be independent and, in this case, gain the courage to spread their wings. Everything little Liam sees perched atop his nest looks beautiful. It is a wonderful world he can dive into, with brown majestic mountains and blue wispy clouds. Still, he is a little daunted by the thought of exploring the big and expansive natural world on his own. Goodness! Out there, anything could happen! It could be different and he might be afraid, but with the prodding of Mommy Eagle and Daddy Eagle, little Liam is encouraged to take flight and let his spirit soar. Filled with bold illustrations, young readers and their families will be delighted as they watch a little eagle grow a little bigger, a little smarter, and a little braver, which is just enough to conquer his fear. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Loveable Liam Series (Jane Whelen Banks) - Liam is lovable even when he whines and won't eat his dinner. When people are cross with Liam, they still love him. Being cross will only last a minute. Love will last forever! All children require discipline and boundaries, and the Loveable Liam series of books by Jane Whelen Banks deal with many issues from potty training to saying you’re sorry to losing at games with grace. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Liam

    Famous People Named Liam

    Famous People Named Liam - Liam Neeson (actor); Liam Aiken (actor); Liam O'Flaherty (novelist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Liam

    Children of Famous People Named Liam

    Famous People who Named their Son Liam - Calista Flockhart (actress); Craig Ferguson (TV host); Dean McDermott (actor); Faye Dunaway (actress); Kevin Costner (actor); Monica Potter (actress); Rod Stewart (musician); Tori Spelling (actress); Dean McDermott (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Liam - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Liam - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Liam.

Personality of the Boy Name Liam

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Liam

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