William Duck in the US

  1. #411,437 Trudy Young
  2. #411,438 Victoria Hodges
  3. #411,439 Wade Hamilton
  4. #411,440 Wayne Crews
  5. #411,441 William Duck
  6. #411,442 William Hedden
  7. #411,443 William Stowell
  8. #411,444 Zande Vande
  9. #411,445 Aaron Baird
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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: from Middle English doke, hence a nickname for someone with some fancied resemblance to a duck or a metonymic occupational name for someone who kept ducks or for a wild fowler.
7,355th in the U.S.

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