William Arnold in the US

  1. #4,265 Joseph Hill
  2. #4,266 Tonya Johnson
  3. #4,267 Jennifer Kelly
  4. #4,268 Jessica Lewis
  5. #4,269 William Arnold
  6. #4,270 David Hansen
  7. #4,271 Thomas Reed
  8. #4,272 Charles Richardson
  9. #4,273 Lori Jones
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Meaning & Origins

Probably the most successful of all the Old French names of Germanic origin that were introduced to England by the Normans. It is derived from Germanic wil ‘will, desire’ + helm ‘helmet, protection’. The fact that it was borne by the Conqueror himself does not seem to have inhibited its favour with the ‘conquered’ population: in the first century after the Conquest it was the commonest male name of all, and not only among the Normans. In the later Middle Ages it was overtaken by John, but continued to run second to that name until the 20th century, when the picture became more fragmented.
6th in the U.S.
English and German: from a very widely used personal name of Germanic origin, composed of the elements arn ‘eagle’ + wald ‘rule’. In addition, it has probably absorbed various European cognates and their derivatives (for the forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).
183rd in the U.S.

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