Why is "Bill" short for "William"?

Answer

A common theory on the origin of the use of "Bill" as a substitute for "William" comes from naming trends during the Middle Ages. The name fits with several nicknaming patterns during the 12th and 13th centuries.

According to Mental Floss, shorter nicknames were common during the Middle Ages. This was done to save time when writing. For example, the name "Richard" was shortened to "Rich," and "William" was shortened to "Will." In addition, a trend known as letter swapping substituted a letter of a name to create a rhyming nickname. Because hard consonants are easier to pronounce than soft consonants, some think that the nickname "Will" became "Bill" for phonetic ease.

Reference:
Q&A Related to "Why is "Bill" short for "William"?"
I've always had the same question too. It does seem rather strange doesnt it? I thought I've share something I've come across as an American in Moscow, Russia. Sometimes my lower
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What+are+the+short+names...
It is of Old German origin, and its meaning is "will helmet, protection" Not history
http://www.chacha.com/question/why-is-bill-short-f...
William of Orange ruled Great Britain and left bills wherever he went. He was given the nickname Bill.
http://www.kgbanswers.com/why-is-bill-short-for-wi...
BILL Gender: Masculine Usage: English Pronounced: BIL [key] Short form of WILLIAM. This spelling was first used in the 19th century. The change in the initial consonant may have been
http://uk.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=200...
About -  Privacy -  Careers -  Ask Blog -  Mobile -  Help -  Feedback  -  Sitemap  © 2014 Ask.com