William Dancer in the US

  1. #1,253,076 William Croyle
  2. #1,253,077 William Crudup
  3. #1,253,078 William Cullison
  4. #1,253,079 William Dahlke
  5. #1,253,080 William Dancer
  6. #1,253,081 William Dargan
  7. #1,253,082 William Darsey
  8. #1,253,083 William Decastro
  9. #1,253,084 William Deitch
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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: occupational name for a dancer or acrobat, from an agent derivative of Middle English, Old French dance ‘dance’ (see Dance).
12,291st in the U.S.

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