New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


William II of England

1056 - 1100

Photo of William II of England

Icon of person William II of England

William II (Anglo-Norman: Williame; c. 1056 – 2 August 1100) was King of England from 26 September 1087 until his death in 1100, with powers over Normandy and influence in Scotland. He was less successful in extending control into Wales. The third son of William the Conqueror, he is commonly referred to as William Rufus (Rufus being Latin for "the Red"), perhaps because of his ruddy appearance or, more likely, due to having red hair as a child that grew out in later life.William was a figure of complex temperament, capable of both bellicosity and flamboyance. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William II of England has received more than 3,930,365 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 66 in 2019). William II of England is the 1,166th most popular politician (up from 1,410th in 2019), the 425th most popular biography from France (up from 534th in 2019) and the 98th most popular French Politician.

William II, also known as William Rufus, was the third son of William the Conqueror. He was crowned king of England in 1087, and is most famous for his death at the hands of an assassin while hunting in the New Forest in 1100.

Memorability Metrics

  • 3.9M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 68.51

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 65

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.14

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.12

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of William II of Englands by language


Among politicians, William II of England ranks 1,166 out of 15,577Before him are Maximilian II of Bavaria, Roderic, James A. Garfield, Möngke Khan, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, and Andronikos III Palaiologos. After him are Jens Stoltenberg, Phryne, Simeon I of Bulgaria, Napoléon, Prince Imperial, Patrice de MacMahon, and Gyeongjong of Joseon.

Most Popular Politicians in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1056, William II of England ranks 1After him are Nestor the Chronicler, Al-Muqtadi, Sæmundr fróði, Baldwin II, Count of Hainaut, Judith of Bohemia, and Cecilia of Normandy. Among people deceased in 1100, William II of England ranks 2Before him is Godfrey of Bouillon. After him are Parascheva of the Balkans, Antipope Clement III, Emperor Zhezong, George Kedrenos, Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, Naropa, Bretislav II, Edmund of Scotland, and Leonti Mroveli.

Others Born in 1056

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1100

Go to all Rankings

In France

Among people born in France, William II of England ranks 425 out of 6,011Before him are Nicolas Appert (1749), Abraham de Moivre (1667), Jean Monnet (1888), Paul Langevin (1872), Genevieve (423), and Marin Mersenne (1588). After him are Fernand Léger (1881), Napoléon, Prince Imperial (1856), Patrice de MacMahon (1808), Arthur de Gobineau (1816), Éric Rohmer (1920), and Théophile Gautier (1811).


Among politicians born in France, William II of England ranks 98Before him are Adolphe Thiers (1797), Dagobert I (611), Stephen, King of England (1095), Margaret of Anjou (1430), Robert I of France (860), and Jean Monnet (1888). After him are Napoléon, Prince Imperial (1856), Patrice de MacMahon (1808), Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France (1781), Louis III of France (863), Marie Louise d’Orléans (1662), and Napoléon Louis Bonaparte (1804).