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William is a popular given name of an old Germanic origin. It became very popular in the English language after the Norman conquest of England in 1066, and remained so throughout the Middle Ages and into the modern era. It is sometimes abbreviated "Wm." Shortened familiar versions in English include Will, Willy, Willie, Bill, and Billy. A common Irish form is Liam. Scottish diminutives include Wull, Willie or Wullie (see Nyuydine Bill, Oor Wullie or Douglas for example). Female forms are Willa, Willemina, Willamette, Wilma and Wilhelmina.

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[William Howard Taft, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in a mason's garb]

[William Howard Taft, full-length portrait, standing, facing right, in...

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Poem addressed to William Waynflete from BL Add 60577, f. 22v

Poem addressed to William Waynflete from BL Add 60577, f. 22v

Text page containing the beginning of a poem addressed to William Waynflete (b. c. 1400, d. 1486). Image taken from f. 22v of Miscellany, including an excerpt from a Latin herbal, excerpt from a Latin lapidary,... More

William I Penny

William I Penny

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William the Conqueror from BL Harley 4205, f. 1

William the Conqueror from BL Harley 4205, f. 1

Coloured drawing of an English king in armour and tabard (William the Conqueror), presenting a plaque with verses. Image taken from f. 1 of Anonymous verses on the kings of England, to Henry VI, unfinished (man... More

William at Orange from BL Royal 20 D XI, f. 118

William at Orange from BL Royal 20 D XI, f. 118

Detail of a miniature of William and his companions received into Orange, following the rubric 'Coment Guill[aumes] oy nouveles dorenge / et comment il la prist et p[ar] quel engin', at the beginning of 'La Pri... More

Death of William Rufus from BL YT 33, f. 186

Death of William Rufus from BL YT 33, f. 186

Miniature of the death of William Rufus, and the report to Henry I, to the right, with a decorated intial 'C'(i), in the Grande Chronique de Normandie. Image taken from f. 186 of Grande Chronique de Normandie. ... More

William the Conqueror from BL Royal 19 E VI, f. 403

William the Conqueror from BL Royal 19 E VI, f. 403

Detail of a miniature of the landing of William the Conqueror. Image taken from f. 403 of Chronicle. Written in French.

William of Hainault from BL Harley 4380, f. 58v

William of Hainault from BL Harley 4380, f. 58v

Detail of a miniature of William of Hainault setting out on an expedition against Friesland. Image taken from f. 58v of Chroniques, Vol. IV, part 2. Written in French.

Geoffrey and William from BL King's 396, f. 20v

Geoffrey and William from BL King's 396, f. 20v

Detail of miniature of busts of Geoffrey, Duke of Ardenne, and William, Count of Warenne. Image taken from f. 20v of Genealogy of Queen Elizabeth I. Written in English.

William from BL Royal 20 D XI, f. 194

William from BL Royal 20 D XI, f. 194

Miniature of William and followers riding to a monastery, where a monk is waiting to receive him. Image taken from f. 194 of Chansons of the cycle of Guillaume d'Orange. Written in French.

William the Conqueror and William Rufus from BL YT 33, f. 176

William the Conqueror and William Rufus from BL YT 33, f. 176

Detail of a miniature of the funeral of William the Conqueror in the Abbaye aux hommes at Caen; on the right, a miniature of Lanfranc crowning William Rufus before a watching group of men, from the Grande Chron... More

Arms of William of Savoy from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 129v

Arms of William of Savoy from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 129v

Detail of a drawing of inverted arms with two attached mitres and a head of a crosier, referring to the death of William of Savoy, bishop elect of Valance-sur-Rhône. Image taken from f. 129v of Historia Angloru... More

Arms of William of Holland from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 141v

Arms of William of Holland from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 141v

Marginal drawing of the arms of William of Holland, referring to his election as king of Germany. Image taken from f. 141v of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Writt... More

Seal of William, king of Sicily from BL Royal 14 C II, f. 160v

Seal of William, king of Sicily from BL Royal 14 C II, f. 160v

Drawing of a seal of William II, king of Sicily with two inscriptions reading 'Divina faven/te clementia Will[elmu]s / rex Sicilie. Ducatus / Apulie. Et prin/cipatus capue', and 'Dextera domini fecit virtutem. ... More

Arms of William de Vesci from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 156v

Arms of William de Vesci from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 156v

Marginal drawing of the inverted arms of William de Vesci. Image taken from f. 156v of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

William of Sens and Peter Comestor from BL Stowe 5, f. 1

William of Sens and Peter Comestor from BL Stowe 5, f. 1

Historiated illuminated initials of William, archbishop of Sens, holding a book and Peter Comestor, in a monk's habit, and of Christ blessing, with decoration extending into a partial border, at the beginning o... More

Seal of William, king of Sicily from BL Royal 14 C II, f. 160v

Seal of William, king of Sicily from BL Royal 14 C II, f. 160v

Detail of drawing of a seal of William II, king of Sicily with two inscriptions reading 'Divina faven/te clementia Will[elmu]s / rex Sicilie. Ducatus / Apulie. Et prin/cipatus capue', and 'Dextera domini fecit ... More

Arms of William the Conqueror from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 10

Arms of William the Conqueror from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 10

Puzzle initial 'A'(nno), with the inverted arms of Harold indicating his death, and the arms of William the Conqueror with a crown, indicating his accession to the English throne. Image taken from f. 10 of Hist... More

William de la Pole from BL Arundel 119, f. 4

William de la Pole from BL Arundel 119, f. 4

Foliate initial 'S'(irs) including the heraldic arms of William de la Pole, with a full foliate border, at the beginning of part 1 of Lydgate's Siege of Thebes. Image taken from f. 4 of The Siege of Thebes. Wri... More

Arms of William de Marisco from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 133v

Arms of William de Marisco from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 133v

Marginal drawings of a broken sword and shield with the arms of William de Marisco, referring to his execution in 1242, and a drawing of an inverted shield with the arms of Arundel. Image taken from f. 133v of ... More

William de Ferrariis from BL Eg 3041, f. 9

William de Ferrariis from BL Eg 3041, f. 9

Pen drawing of William de Ferrariis, Earl of Derby, and decorated initials. Image taken from f. 9 of The Ridware Cartulary. Written in Latin and French.

Arms of William de Braose from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 116

Arms of William de Braose from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 116

Marginal drawing of an inverted shield with the arms of William de Braose referring to his murder. Image taken from f. 116 of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Writt... More

Mitre and crosier with the arms of count William from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 159

Mitre and crosier with the arms of count William from BL Royal 14 C VI...

Marginal drawing of the inverted arms of count William. Image taken from f. 159 of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

Arms of William de Mandeville from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 112v

Arms of William de Mandeville from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 112v

Marginal drawing of an inverted shield with the arms of William de Mandeville, count of Essex, indicating his death, and drawings of two papal tiaras and crosses, one inverted and one upright, referring to the ... More

Arms of William de Marisco from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 133v

Arms of William de Marisco from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 133v

Detail of a marginal drawings of a broken sword and shield with the arms of William de Marisco, referring to his execution in 1242, and a drawing of an inverted shield with the arms of Arundel. Image taken from... More

Arms of William Marshal and clasped hands from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 117

Arms of William Marshal and clasped hands from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 1...

Detail of a marginal drawing of an inverted shield with the arms of William Marshal, earl of Pembroke, referring to his death, and a pair of clasped hands above referring to the marriage of Richard, first earl ... More

Detail: rampant lion of William Howard from BL Arundel 41, f. 1

Detail: rampant lion of William Howard from BL Arundel 41, f. 1

The margin with the rampant lion of William Howard, at the beginning of Guillelmus Gemmeticensis's Gesta Normannorum ducum. Image taken from f. 1 of Gesta Normannorum ducum. Written in Latin.

William Bruges from BL Stowe 594, f. 5v

William Bruges from BL Stowe 594, f. 5v

Miniature of William Bruges kneeling before George. Image taken from f. 5v of Pictorial book of arms of the Order of the Garter ('William Bruges's Garter Book'). Written in Latin.

King William Rufus from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 8v

King William Rufus from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 8v

Detail of a miniature of William Rufus. Image taken from f. 8v of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

William the Conqueror from BL Harley 624, f. 145

William the Conqueror from BL Harley 624, f. 145

Coloured drawing of king William the Conqueror. Image taken from f. 145 of Historica monumenta diversa (ff. 2-18v), Chronica monasterii de Pipwell (ff. 21-35v), etc., added by Sir Simonds D'Ewes c. 1639-1643. ... More

Arms of William d'Aubigny from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 125

Arms of William d'Aubigny from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 125

Marginal drawing of an inverted shield with the arms of William d'Aubigny indicating his death. Image taken from f. 125 of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

Arms of William d'Aubigny from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 106v

Arms of William d'Aubigny from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 106v

Marginal drawing of an inverted shield bearing the arms of William d'Aubigny, earl of Arundel, with a caption reading 'Obiit Will[iam]us de abineto comes harundelie'; a drawing of two small crosiers referring t... More

William I from BL Royal 20 A II, f. 5v

William I from BL Royal 20 A II, f. 5v

Miniature of William I enthroned, and below, his children seated at a table. Image taken from f. 5v of Drawings with various inscriptions, distichs and poems (ff. 1-9v), verse lament of Edward II (ff. 10 r-v), ... More

Arms of Gilbert de Clare and William Marshal from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 117

Arms of Gilbert de Clare and William Marshal from BL Royal 14 C VII, f...

Marginal drawing of two inverted shields with the arms of Gilbert de Clare (between the columns), and of William Marshal, earl of Pembroke, referring to their deaths, and a pair of clasped hands above referring... More

Arms of William de Longespée from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 111

Arms of William de Longespée from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 111

Marginal drawing of an inverted shield bearing the arms of William de Longespée, count of Salisbury, indicating his death. Image taken from f. 111 of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation o... More

Arms of William II of Holland from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 182v

Arms of William II of Holland from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 182v

Marginal drawing of William II of Holland with an inverted crown referring to his election as German king. Image taken from f. 182v of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maio... More

Arms of William of Holland from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 141v

Arms of William of Holland from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 141v

Detail of marginal drawing of the arms of William of Holland, referring to his election as king of Germany. Image taken from f. 141v of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica mai... More

William I from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 8v

William I from BL Royal 14 C VII, f. 8v

Detail of a miniature of William I. Image taken from f. 8v of Historia Anglorum, Chronica majora, Part III; Continuation of Chronica maiora. Written in Latin.

William of Nangis from BL Royal 13 E IV, f. 1

William of Nangis from BL Royal 13 E IV, f. 1

Historiated initial 'C'(um) of William of Nangis writing, with a partial bar border. Image taken from f. 1 of Chronicle. Written in Latin.

Duke William the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 266v

Duke William the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 266v

Miniature of Duke William the Bastard defeating the French, and Duke William sending a herald to Henry. Image taken from f. 266v of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. Written in French.

William killed from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 418

William killed from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 418

Miniature of William, king of the Romans, being killed. Image taken from f. 418 of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. Written in French.

William from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 313v

William from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 313v

Miniature of the deathbed of William, the Duke of Aquitaine. Image taken from f. 313v of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. Written in French.

Duke William  the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 249

Duke William the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 249

Miniature of Duke William defeating a mutiny in camp. Image taken from f. 249 of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. Written in French.

Duke William  the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 250v

Duke William the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 250v

Detail of a miniature of Duke William refusing the monks' charity, Duke William being attacked by a boar, and then accepting the monks' gift, and Duke William restoring Jumieges. Image taken from f. 250v of Chr... More

Duke William the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 266v

Duke William the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 266v

Detail of a miniature of Duke William the Bastard defeating the French, and Duke William sending a herald to Henry I of France. Image taken from f. 266v of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. Written in French.

Duke William  the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 251v

Duke William the Bastard from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 251v

Miniature of the murder of Duke William. Image taken from f. 251v of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. Written in French.

William Rufus from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 272

William Rufus from BL Royal 16 G VI, f. 272

Miniature of the death of William Rufus, with an illuminated initial 'L'(ors). Image taken from f. 272 of Chroniques de France ou de St Denis. Written in French.

William and Hilary from BL Eg 1070, f. 84

William and Hilary from BL Eg 1070, f. 84

Miniatures of William (left) and Hilary (right), with partial foliate borders carried by angels. Image taken from f. 84 of Book of Hours, Use of Paris ('The Hours of René d'Anjou'). Written in Latin, calendar a... More

William the Conqueror from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 236

William the Conqueror from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 236

Detail of a miniature of the Coronation of William the Conqueror, with a full border and a foliate initial 'L'(e dimence), at the beginning of book 5. Image taken from f. 236 of Anciennes et nouvelles chronique... More

William the Conqueror from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 236

William the Conqueror from BL Royal 15 E IV, f. 236

Miniature of the Coronation of William the Conqueror, with a full border and a foliate initial 'L'(e dimence), at the beginning of book 5. Image taken from f. 236 of Anciennes et nouvelles chroniques d'Angleter... More

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