William Murphy in the US

  1. #768 Ana Hernandez
  2. #769 Maria Herrera
  3. #770 Timothy Jones
  4. #771 Cynthia Brown
  5. #772 William Murphy
  6. #773 James Watson
  7. #774 Michael Evans
  8. #775 Judy Smith
  9. #776 David Campbell
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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.
Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murchadha ‘descendant of Murchadh’, a personal name composed of the elements muir ‘sea’ + cath ‘battle’, i.e. ‘sea-warrior’. This was an important family in Tyrone.
56th in the U.S.

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