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  1. #238,011 Whitney Wallace
  2. #238,012 Will Lewis
  3. #238,013 William Bancroft
  4. #238,014 William Bischoff
  5. #238,015 William Cairns
  6. #238,016 William Cato
  7. #238,017 William Cordova
  8. #238,018 William Cruse
  9. #238,019 William Dew
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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.
Scottish: from Gaelic carn ‘cairn’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a cairn, i.e. a pile of stones raised as a boundary marker or a memorial.
6,031st in the U.S.

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