William Esters in the US

  1. #1,868,822 William Elders
  2. #1,868,823 William Elks
  3. #1,868,824 William Engelhard
  4. #1,868,825 William Eriksen
  5. #1,868,826 William Esters
  6. #1,868,827 William Etherington
  7. #1,868,828 William Evatt
  8. #1,868,829 William Fairbank
  9. #1,868,830 William Farnam
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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: patronymic from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements ast ‘branch’ + heri, hari ‘army’.
18,603rd in the U.S.

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