William Bierly in the US

  1. #1,781,865 William Belch
  2. #1,781,866 William Bendel
  3. #1,781,867 William Bennis
  4. #1,781,868 William Bettes
  5. #1,781,869 William Bierly
  6. #1,781,870 William Bingle
  7. #1,781,871 William Blaker
  8. #1,781,872 William Blakesley
  9. #1,781,873 William Boerger
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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: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire named Bierley, from Old English burh ‘fortified place’ (genitive byrh) + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
23,098th in the U.S.

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