William Curtis in the US

  1. #8,582 Jeff Wilson
  2. #8,583 Marjorie Johnson
  3. #8,584 Sue Williams
  4. #8,585 Thomas Wagner
  5. #8,586 William Curtis
  6. #8,587 Andrew Adams
  7. #8,588 Dennis Jackson
  8. #8,589 Jeffrey Peterson
  9. #8,590 Leah Smith
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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.
English: nickname for a refined person, sometimes no doubt given ironically, from Old French, Middle English curteis, co(u)rtois ‘refined’, ‘accomplished’ (a derivative of Old French court, see Court 1).
282nd in the U.S.

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