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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Liam

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Liam in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Liam:

  • Records indicate that 99,414 boys in the United States have been named Liam since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 16,687 people in the U.S. were given the name Liam. Those people are now 8 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Liam

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      28 Positive Comments

  • "I love this name because it makes me think of Liam Hemsworth and he's hot. I definitely will name my kid Liam so that he will be hot like Liam Hemsworth. It also doesn't remind me of lemon, like that other review said." Mar. 28, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Liam, means one who runs with the wind. and as an athletic alpha male, the name really encapsulates my personality. 10/10 would name myself Liam again." Jun. 12, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1961, Nicholas Liam. No one, and i mean no one, in the US was named Liam in those days. You can see by the chart up top. I wonder if I am the only person born in the whole US that year with the name Liam? I used to hate it when i was a kid because everyone mispronounced it (lie-um), or thought it was a misprint, or said it was not a real name! And I mean teachers too. So, I would tell people my middle name was William. I used to ask my mom how they ever gave me such a weird name. But, now I love it! It is a great name. Why would anyone want a commonly used name? People should think of nice, simple but not common names for their children. I do not have kids, but I would let my wife choose the name anyway...unless she wanted to do it together. If I ever get married that is. So strange to me that Liam is now more popular than Nicholas ever least in rank by percentage in the US. I think total number of people named Nicholas was higher in 1995 than Liam is today...seems there is more diversity now. Liam rocks!" Jan. 21, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is Liam, we love the fact it is short and easy to spell. Most people liked the name Liam. Our son likes his name." Aug. 13, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "there is his boy i like at my school and his name is liam and i love that name it is a very cool name and he is very nice and he is super cute but hay i love that name" Feb. 2, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Liam and I think it is a very handsome name that will grow with him. He was born on St Patricks day and we don't need a nickname to shorten the name since it is already a shortened version of Wil[liam]." Feb. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Was my Dads name. I miss him, so im defo gonna name my baby liam if its a boy." Feb. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We, too, have a Liam. My dad's William and I have a nephew, Will, so Liam is in keeping. His full name is Liam Tavish (which is Irish for twin), and his twin's name is Aidan Thomas (Thomas also means twin and was the paternal grandfather's name, too). We have had a few problems with pronunciation- Leem the most common, but still love the name, even though increasing in popularity." Nov. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Liam Reade. When people see the same they pronouce it correctly, but when introducing him occasionally people think it is Leon or Ian. My Liam is fun and full of life!" Aug. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "if we have a boy, we will name our son Liam, after my husband, William :)" Apr. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Liam and no one has ever mispronounced it. I love the name!" Mar. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "hello, I live in germany. my son is called liam. the correct pronouncation in my opinion is (lee-am), because it is a short form of william. unfortunately it is often pronounced in a wrong way - li-am. I love this name, it is just the right for my little boy." Mar. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love this name because it is my boys name. It seems to be very popular now a days." Feb. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Liam but everyone wants to call him Leon, weird." Feb. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I named our son Liam. It's a really nice sounding name when people pronounce it properly. Some people say "Lie-Um" instead of "Lee-Um". It drives me nuts but it doesn't happen too often. The name is the Irish short form for William. Liam is simple, masculine and strong. We're glad to be a part of the Liam Club :-)" Nov. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is liam and i think its a wonderful name and iam called lee for short:-)" Nov. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name! I wish to name my future son Liam." Aug. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Liam. It's not Slavic, but Gaelic (Irish), a short form of William. My husband was born in Ireland." Jul. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's not a name, but a nickname for William. As all of the other derivatives of William were in use by members of my family, Liam is what we call my son. It's is an Irish nickname, one one can easily find on a coffee cup or key chain in Ireland or the UK." May. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Liam, and every one wants to say LEON. GGo figure" May. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a great name. The language is Gaelic not Irish." Mar. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Liam and I really like, it is different and not overly used right now. I do run into the same misunderstandings for his name. People read the name Liam and they say; Lye-am or Lee-am instead of Lee-um. Also, when he says his name people think he says Leon or Limb. What can you do?" Feb. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name, but we spell it Leam. We also get the people who pronounce it Lean or Leem, or they spell it wrong, or have no idea how to speel it at all. But overall, we love it. He's the only one at his school with that name, so it makes things a lot easier." Nov. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Liam and I think it is a wonderful sounding name. It just rolls off the tongue." Aug. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "its a great name! btw it's Irish, not slavic, and also there is no such language as "Celtic", the language is called Irish people" Aug. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Liam. We have it as short for William. I love's a very strong name for a boy." Jul. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it is a great name, very cool in fact since it is mine. It gets to be tough in a crowded noisy room and you introduce yourself. People think you are saying Leon." Jun. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name. Seems strong, believe it is Slavic. Not likely to find on a coffee cup, but that's no big deal. It might be for a little kid though when he starts looking for a name plate as such and it is never there. I can just hear them say "Mommy, how come my name is never there?' with great dissapointment. Then Mommy explains "You have a real special name so special they only use it if we write them a letter and give them permission too." Hey that's a good answer!" May. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "This is my computer partners name. We confuse him a lot with the Leo in front of us. Too common, I liked it until I met him. Words from a real Liam "The letter to syllable ratio is important." Don't name ur child Liam, or maybe just wait a couple years before getting pregnant. You can wait, and it'll make it all the better." Apr. 15, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Don't like it....way too old fashioned and reminds me of a lemon!" Dec. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "is my name. is very good name. people try call me William. is very strange." Nov. 7, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers name Is Liam and we call him lemer ( he hate's it) he likes th make up words like funny words and then we cach on and we start saying the words by the way he's 14" Dec. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Liam. I've loved the name since i first heard it! I've known for years that my first son would be Liam. My fathers name is William an i didn't want to go straight to duplicating it so this name was great. I LOVE LOVE this name! I introduced him to a friend of mines father when he was a baby an he said "Liam, is that like "hey, kid get the heck out the "limb" of that tree" haha" Jan. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Liam and im a ten year old Fiddler in Hamilton Ontario COME SEE ME AT 175 younge st Hamilton on friday nights at 6;30pm to 8;30" Dec. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend Leah passed 3 weeks before my son was born. originally his middle name was going to be Addison. But Liam was so close to her name and much more handsome then Addison. And it dosnt hurt that he is almost full Irish. his father is full and im more than half :). Perfect middle name! perfect first name! Just a perfect name." Oct. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely adore this name! It's my little brothers name. I love how it sounds. Lee-um. I absolutely love it! We call him Lee as an affectionante nickname. He's adorable! Liam is NOT a Nickname itself, it is a FULL, IRISH/GAELIC NAME." Oct. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my brest friends name is liam we pronounce it lee-em but this teacher calls him lie-am." Jul. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Short for William. Very nice. Very Irish-sounding." Nov. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our second son is named Liam Thomas. We love the name - never had any problems with mispronunciation..." May. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Liam have loved it since the first time I heard it. My family too is all "William" but my husband is Irish so we went with the Irish version of Liam. Love it" Feb. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Liam, and everytime we go over to Ireland he just loves it as his name is everywhere. "Mummy look there is my name!" It's actually the Irish diffinitive of William (which is English). BTW the native language of Southern Ireland is known as the Gaeltacht, Irish (Gaelic.) In the North mainly English is spoken as it's part of the mother was Irish and I was born in the UK." Oct. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Liam. It's actually Gaelic, not Irish or Celtic. It's starting to become more common, though I've only heard of people named Liam, I actually haven't met another Liam yet." Jan. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Liam. It is Celtic for William. We live in the South and people often pronounce it Limb! Drives me crazy!" Jul. 18, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Liam and people often think I'm saying Leon. Oh well!" Jun. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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