William Degroot in the US

  1. #492,573 William Copenhaver
  2. #492,574 William Crumpton
  3. #492,575 William Cureton
  4. #492,576 William Davie
  5. #492,577 William Degroot
  6. #492,578 William Devaney
  7. #492,579 William Drumm
  8. #492,580 William Dumont
  9. #492,581 William Eddings
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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.
Dutch: nickname for a big man, from Middle Dutch grote ‘big’, ‘large’, preceded by the definite article de.
6,219th in the U.S.

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