Where There’s a Will, There’s a William

Technically, it’s only a “William” if it come from the Williamshire region of England. Otherwise, it’s a sparkling Will.

By now, you probably know the old proverb: “Where There’s a Will, There’s a William.” It means that with enough grit and determination, you can always Will your way to a William. But in case Will-power doesn’t come naturally, we compiled a short list of famous Williams to inspire you.

We hope you find your Will

You might be surprised to learn that Star Trek’s Will Riker is not a real person.

He is, however, a William.

But some of you may prefer Star Trek Williams of the non-fictional variety.

If so, may I interest you in a Young William Shatner?

will.i.am (pronounced Will-I-am) spiced things up with his high-falutin periods.

But will.he.is, indeed.

Perhaps you’ve heard of this regional variation on the proverb, most commonly used in Britain:

“Where there’s a Prince William, there’s a Prince Wayliam.”

William Shakespeare is another notable English William.

Fun fact: Technically, it’s only a “William” if it come from the Williamshire region of England. Otherwise, it’s a sparkling Will.

“Where there’s a Billy, there’s a Billyam”

Not to be outdone by the Brits, some American Williams put a modern spin on the old saying.

This variation is unnecessary and doesn’t stand up to scrutiny (which can be said about almost all things American). Still, you could do a lot worse than Billy Crystal.

Speaking of “a lot worse…”

Billy Baldwin exists.

Be wary of misleading Wills

Did you know that Will Smith’s full name is Willard Carroll Smith Jr.?

The Will exception that proves the William rule.

Willy Wonka’s full name is actually Wilbur Willy Wonka Jr.

Not only is he a fake Will — he is the second in a line of fake Wills! The Willys of the Wonka Family are a betrayal to Williams everywhere.

Will they or Won’t they?

There are many-a deceitful Will out there (colloquially known as “Won’ts”).

But do not be discouraged! For every Won’t named Will who won’t William, dozens of Wills won’t Won’t and will William.

Or, as a particularly prolific William put it, “To Will, or not to Will: that is the William.”

writer, shitposter, & comic creator. never not tired. would happily break my vegetarianism to eat the rich. more at alicelahoda.com

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store