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  1. #439,238 William Belden
  2. #439,239 William Belew
  3. #439,240 William Bergstrom
  4. #439,241 William Bieber
  5. #439,242 William Boaz
  6. #439,243 William Brook
  7. #439,244 William Bulger
  8. #439,245 William Burbank
  9. #439,246 William Chancellor
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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.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): from the Hebrew personal name Boaz (of uncertain etymology). In the Bible this was borne by Ruth's rich kinsman who later became her husband. This is also found as a gentile surname in Britain and Sweden.
9,632nd in the U.S.

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