• Old French, I'm guessing. In Old French, the letter 'w' regularly became 'gu' - so it's a form of 'William'.
  • How is it pronouced?
  • Guilherme is the Portuguese version of William, Guillaume is the French and Spanish version. The u is unpronounced - its purpose is to retain the hard G sound, the same as in the English word guide. The lh in the Portuguese word is pronounced the same way as the ll in the French / Spanish word so my guess at its pronunciation would be Gee'airm with a hard G sound and the r sounded more than in English.

Copyright 2020, Wired Ivy, LLC

Answerbag | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy