William Cairns in the US

  1. #241,941 William Brannen
  2. #241,942 William Bratcher
  3. #241,943 William Bricker
  4. #241,944 William Buford
  5. #241,945 William Cairns
  6. #241,946 William Carty
  7. #241,947 William Chaffin
  8. #241,948 William Cranford
  9. #241,949 William Dix
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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.
6,012th in the U.S.

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