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William Cotter in the US

  1. #69,232 William Beyer
  2. #69,233 William Bragg
  3. #69,234 William Butcher
  4. #69,235 William Cheek
  5. #69,236 William Cotter
  6. #69,237 William Quick
  7. #69,238 Yadira Gonzalez
  8. #69,239 Yvonne Turner
  9. #69,240 Aaron Ellis
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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.
Irish (co. Cork): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Oitir ‘son of Oitir’, a personal name borrowed from Old Norse Óttarr, composed of the elements ótti ‘fear’, ‘dread’ + herr ‘army’.
2,780th in the U.S.

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