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  1. #1,329,893 William Kann
  2. #1,329,894 William Karsten
  3. #1,329,895 William Keach
  4. #1,329,896 William Kelsch
  5. #1,329,897 William Kelty
  6. #1,329,898 William Kenneally
  7. #1,329,899 William Kinkade
  8. #1,329,900 William Kirschbaum
  9. #1,329,901 William Knierim
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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.
Scottish: habitational name from the old lands of Keltie near Callander, Perthshire, or from Keltie in Fife.
15,782nd in the U.S.

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