William Drost in the US

  1. #1,253,090 William Ditty
  2. #1,253,091 William Dolezal
  3. #1,253,092 William Donati
  4. #1,253,093 William Drees
  5. #1,253,094 William Drost
  6. #1,253,095 William Duffin
  7. #1,253,096 William Dunkel
  8. #1,253,097 William Dunnam
  9. #1,253,098 William Dutra
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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: occupational name for a steward or head servant, Middle Dutch drost, drossaert. Like the German cognate Droste, the term was also used as a title for various officials.
11,671st in the U.S.

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