William Cotter in the US

  1. #70,767 Tracy Murray
  2. #70,768 Trisha Williams
  3. #70,769 Walter Ellis
  4. #70,770 Whitney Robinson
  5. #70,771 William Cotter
  6. #70,772 William Gilliam
  7. #70,773 Willie Russell
  8. #70,774 Yolanda Delgado
  9. #70,775 Allen Bennett
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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’.
2,756th in the U.S.

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