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  1. #1,014,872 William Mcnelly
  2. #1,014,873 William Mcphaul
  3. #1,014,874 William Meader
  4. #1,014,875 William Meiers
  5. #1,014,876 William Melchior
  6. #1,014,877 William Meriwether
  7. #1,014,878 William Milano
  8. #1,014,879 William Misner
  9. #1,014,880 William Mossman
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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, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and French: from the personal name Melchior (a derivative of Hebrew melech ‘king’ + or ‘light’, ‘splendor’). This was in use as a slightly unusual personal name throughout the Middle Ages, having been ascribed in popular Christian tradition to one of the Magi. The surname is also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, in which case it is an adoption of the German surname.
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