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  1. #7,197,685 William Gretsinger
  2. #7,197,686 William Greunke
  3. #7,197,687 William Greyer
  4. #7,197,688 William Grichar
  5. #7,197,689 William Grief
  6. #7,197,690 William Griesbeck
  7. #7,197,691 William Griest
  8. #7,197,692 William Griffo
  9. #7,197,693 William Griffon
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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 (Norfolk): from an Old Norse personal name Greifi, a byname from Old Norse greifi, Old Danish or Old Swedish grefe ‘count’, ‘earl’.
59,126th in the U.S.

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