William Force in the US

  1. #588,385 William Embrey
  2. #588,386 William Farkas
  3. #588,387 William Flake
  4. #588,388 William Flippo
  5. #588,389 William Force
  6. #588,390 William Forest
  7. #588,391 William Gaillard
  8. #588,392 William Garay
  9. #588,393 William Garver
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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: variant of Fosse. There has been some confusion with northwestern English force in the sense of ‘waterfall’; it is possible that the surname may also have arisen as a topographic name for someone living by a waterfall.
8,142nd in the U.S.

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