William Burkett in the US

  1. #74,691 Virgil Miller
  2. #74,692 Virginia Spencer
  3. #74,693 Wanda Simpson
  4. #74,694 Wayne Shaw
  5. #74,695 William Burkett
  6. #74,696 William Metz
  7. #74,697 William Overton
  8. #74,698 William Vickers
  9. #74,699 William Whitman
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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: from an Old English personal name, Burgheard, composed of the elements burh, burg ‘fort’ (see Burke) + heard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. The name was reintroduced into Middle English by the Normans in the forms Bou(r)chart, Bocard. In the form Burkhard it was a very popular medieval German name. There has been considerable confusion between this English surname and Birkett.
1,752nd in the U.S.

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