William Harris in the US

  1. #327 Carlos Garcia
  2. #328 Mark Williams
  3. #329 Terry Smith
  4. #330 Shirley Smith
  5. #331 William Harris
  6. #332 Kenneth Jones
  7. #333 John King
  8. #334 Sharon Johnson
  9. #335 Young Kim
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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 and Welsh (very common in southern England and South Wales): patronymic from the medieval English personal name Harry, pet form of Henry.
22nd in the U.S.

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