William Decker in the US

  1. #18,540 Courtney Thompson
  2. #18,541 Cynthia Watson
  3. #18,542 Jackie White
  4. #18,543 Sharon Jenkins
  5. #18,544 William Decker
  6. #18,545 William Drake
  7. #18,546 Angela Rivera
  8. #18,547 Arturo Flores
  9. #18,548 Bertha Lopez
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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.
German: occupational name for a roofer (thatcher, tiler, slater, or shingler) or a carpenter or builder, from an agent derivative of Middle High German decke ‘covering’, a word which was normally used to refer to roofs, but sometimes also to other sorts of covering; modern German Decke still has the twin senses ‘ceiling’ and ‘blanket’.
537th in the U.S.

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