William Hughes in the US

  1. #1,475 Heather Miller
  2. #1,476 Kelly Jones
  3. #1,477 James Ellis
  4. #1,478 Kelly Williams
  5. #1,479 William Hughes
  6. #1,480 Michelle Wilson
  7. #1,481 Raul Rodriguez
  8. #1,482 Michael Peterson
  9. #1,483 Pedro 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.
English (also common in Wales): patronymic from the Middle English and Anglo-Norman French personal name Hugh.
79th in the U.S.

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