William Ellis in the US

  1. #2,700 Virginia Williams
  2. #2,701 Deborah Anderson
  3. #2,702 Steven Clark
  4. #2,703 Lisa Hall
  5. #2,704 William Ellis
  6. #2,705 Kathleen Jones
  7. #2,706 Maria Figueroa
  8. #2,707 Alicia Smith
  9. #2,708 John Webb
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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 and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah (see Elias). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.
116th in the U.S.

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