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  1. #302 John Hall
  2. #303 James Campbell
  3. #304 William Jackson
  4. #305 Juan Perez
  5. #306 William Harris
  6. #307 Andrew Smith
  7. #308 Michelle Johnson
  8. #309 Carlos Rodriguez
  9. #310 Michael Lewis
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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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