William Creely in the US

  1. #4,905,679 William Cranley
  2. #4,905,680 William Cravatta
  3. #4,905,681 William Cravener
  4. #4,905,682 William Creagan
  5. #4,905,683 William Creely
  6. #4,905,684 William Crellin
  7. #4,905,685 William Cremins
  8. #4,905,686 William Creps
  9. #4,905,687 William Cribbin
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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: alternative Anglicization of Gaelic Mac Raghallaigh (see Crawley).
48,981st in the U.S.

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