William Malave in the US

  1. #1,630,738 William Mabie
  2. #1,630,739 William Macbeth
  3. #1,630,740 William Macko
  4. #1,630,741 William Macphail
  5. #1,630,742 William Malave
  6. #1,630,743 William Mance
  7. #1,630,744 William Manser
  8. #1,630,745 William Manton
  9. #1,630,746 William Mantooth
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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.
Spanish: probably a shortened form of Basque Zumalabe, Zumalave, a topographic name composed of the elements zume ‘pasture’ + labe ‘oven’.
6,962nd in the U.S.

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