William Doody in the US

  1. #643,863 William Cumberland
  2. #643,864 William Decarlo
  3. #643,865 William Desimone
  4. #643,866 William Dieter
  5. #643,867 William Doody
  6. #643,868 William Dougan
  7. #643,869 William Drescher
  8. #643,870 William Drewry
  9. #643,871 William Drinkwater
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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.
Irish: variant of Dowd.
10,643rd in the U.S.

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