William Kepler in the US

  1. #609,500 William Hollander
  2. #609,501 William Holleman
  3. #609,502 William Innes
  4. #609,503 William Karp
  5. #609,504 William Kepler
  6. #609,505 William Kiesel
  7. #609,506 William Klingler
  8. #609,507 William Kozlowski
  9. #609,508 William Larose
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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.
German: occupational name for a maker of cloaks and hoods, from an agent noun from Middle High German kappe ‘hooded cloak’ (see Kapp).
9,873rd in the U.S.

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