Why Is Bill a Nickname for William?

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It is believed that the name 'Bill' was adopted as the nickname for the name William due to a mispronouncing or rhyming of the names Bill and Will. Interesting to note is that King William III of England, who reigned in the 17th century, was referred to as King Billy.
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Bill is the nickname for William because when the name William is shorten to 'Will' making it start with a semi-vowel. The 'w' is changed to a 'B' to make it easier to say.
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Will(iam) to Bill was, in fact, part of a great 13th-14th century trend of
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It's a trend from the 13th Century when it was popular to shorten a name and change the first letter.
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Nicknames are typically a shortened form of the full name; however, names that begin with a vowel or semi-vowel often have a consonant substituted for the first letter, rendering
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