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  1. #1,014,796 William Granville
  2. #1,014,797 William Gravley
  3. #1,014,798 William Greenlaw
  4. #1,014,799 William Grist
  5. #1,014,800 William Grunwald
  6. #1,014,801 William Gundlach
  7. #1,014,802 William Guyette
  8. #1,014,803 William Harkleroad
  9. #1,014,804 William Harshaw
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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.
German and Swiss German (Grünwald): habitational name from any of various places named Grün(e)wald, from Middle High German grūene ‘green’ + walt ‘wood’, ‘forest’.
13,902nd in the U.S.

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