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  1. #1,235,000 William Narvaez
  2. #1,235,001 William Nell
  3. #1,235,002 William Nevitt
  4. #1,235,003 William Newbill
  5. #1,235,004 William Nyman
  6. #1,235,005 William Obermeyer
  7. #1,235,006 William Ogles
  8. #1,235,007 William Oregan
  9. #1,235,008 William Orrick
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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.
Danish and Swedish: nickname for a newcomer to a place, from Scandinavian ny ‘new’ + man ‘man’. The Swedish name may also be of ornamental origin.
9,944th in the U.S.

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