William Dorsey in the US

  1. #33,101 Paul Mills
  2. #33,102 Robert Roe
  3. #33,103 Russell Cook
  4. #33,104 Tommy White
  5. #33,105 William Dorsey
  6. #33,106 Aaron Parker
  7. #33,107 Alice Nelson
  8. #33,108 Amber Turner
  9. #33,109 Amy Freeman
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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 (of Norman origin): habitational name, with the preposition d(e), from Orsay in Seine-et-Orne, France, recorded in the 13th century as Orceiacum, from the Latin personal name Orcius + the locative suffix -acum.
752nd in the U.S.

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