William Fish in the US

  1. #63,347 Todd Gray
  2. #63,348 Tyler Mitchell
  3. #63,349 Vincent Wilson
  4. #63,350 Virginia Jordan
  5. #63,351 William Fish
  6. #63,352 William Garland
  7. #63,353 William Goode
  8. #63,354 William Hatch
  9. #63,355 Alison Martin
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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 fische, fish ‘fish’, a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a fish.
1,396th in the U.S.

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