William Howell in the US

  1. #6,139 Tanya Johnson
  2. #6,140 David Hudson
  3. #6,141 Donald Mitchell
  4. #6,142 Thomas Griffin
  5. #6,143 William Howell
  6. #6,144 John Barry
  7. #6,145 Matt Smith
  8. #6,146 Alexander Smith
  9. #6,147 Joe Hernandez
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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.
Welsh: from the personal name Hywel ‘eminent’, popular since the Middle Ages in particular in honor of the great 10th-century law-giving Welsh king.
247th in the U.S.

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