William Gerdes in the US

  1. #523,709 William Fung
  2. #523,710 William Garren
  3. #523,711 William Garretson
  4. #523,712 William Gayle
  5. #523,713 William Gerdes
  6. #523,714 William Gwynn
  7. #523,715 William Hackworth
  8. #523,716 William Haigh
  9. #523,717 William Hammon
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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.
North German: patronymic from the personal name Gerd, reduced form of Gerhardt.
5,834th in the U.S.

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