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  1. #1,114,224 William Crombie
  2. #1,114,225 William Cruce
  3. #1,114,226 William Crume
  4. #1,114,227 William Cullins
  5. #1,114,228 William Dancer
  6. #1,114,229 William Danna
  7. #1,114,230 William Daws
  8. #1,114,231 William Deuel
  9. #1,114,232 William Dolezal
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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).
12,448th in the U.S.

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