William Dorst in the US

  1. #4,361,949 William Dorion
  2. #4,361,950 William Dorow
  3. #4,361,951 William Dorrier
  4. #4,361,952 William Dorrity
  5. #4,361,953 William Dorst
  6. #4,361,954 William Dosher
  7. #4,361,955 William Doshier
  8. #4,361,956 William Dothard
  9. #4,361,957 William Dowlin
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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: 1. topographic name for someone who lived on dry, hard ground, from dörr ‘dry’, or a habitational name from places named Dorst near Cologne or Helmstedt or Dorste in the Harz Mountains. 2. nickname from Middle Low German dorst ‘boldness’, ‘cunning’. Compare Durst. 3. metathesized variant of Droste.
39,617th in the U.S.

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