William Johns in the US

  1. #19,318 Sandra Patterson
  2. #19,319 Stephanie Sanders
  3. #19,320 Timothy Perry
  4. #19,321 Victor Vasquez
  5. #19,322 William Johns
  6. #19,323 Amy Stevens
  7. #19,324 David Garrison
  8. #19,325 Sharon Bryant
  9. #19,326 Wanda Hall
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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 German: patronymic from John. As a German name it may also be a reduced form of Johannes.
667th in the U.S.

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