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The Top 10 Most Famous People With the Last Name of Williams

Updated on September 23, 2009

For the past year I've been compiling famous people to list on my name numerology website. These are all noted individuals, but who are the most famous? Today let's count down the most famous people with the last name of Williams.

The most famous people (based on online chatter) with the surname Williams are:

10. Andy Williams - Singer (Moon River, Where Do I Begin?, Happy Heart)

9. Tennessee Williams - Playwright (A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie)

8. Vanessa Williams - Actress and former Miss America (Eraser, Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Ugly Betty)

7. Michelle Williams - Actress (Dawson's Creek, Brokeback Mountain)

6. Hank Williams - Singer and Songwriter (Lovesick Blues, Hey Good Lookin, Your Cheatin' Heart)

5. Venus Williams - Professional Tennis Player and Champion

4. John Williams - Classical Composer and Conductor (film scores for Star Wars, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark)

3. Robin Williams - Actor and Comedian (Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam)

2. Robbie Williams - Singer and Songwriter (Sing When You're Winning, Escapology, Intensive Care)

...and the most famous Williams is...

1. Serena Williams - Professional Tennis Player and Champion

Not making the top ten list were Lucinda Williams - Singer and Songwriter (Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, World Without Tears, Little Honey), Montel Williams - Talk Show Host (The Montel Williams Show), Cindy Williams - Actress (Laverne and Shirley), Victoria Williams - Singer and Songwriter (Crazy Mary, Century Plant), Betty Williams - Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Zelda Williams - Actress (House of D, Were the World Mine), Sunita Williams - NASA Astronaut, Raineesha Williams - Actress (Reno 911).

This top ten list was more mixed than usual with one writer, two athletes, three actors, and four musicians. I believe this is the first time a classical musician has made it into the top ten, but John Williams is no ordinary classical musician. While he may be unfamlliar to many Americans, Robbie Williams is a huge star in Europe as his number two Williams ranking proves. It's fantastic to see Tennessee Williams, a playwright, up in the top ten. Literary figures are certainly holding their own in the "Famous People" lists I've done thus far.

We have two sets of closely related people on this list. Tennis Champions Serena and Venus Williams are sisters. Actor and comedian Robin Williams is the father of actress Zelda Williams.

I compiled this list by searching for each of the Williams on a number of search engines and ranking them by the number of web pages, discussion forums, photos, videos, etc that are available online.


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