William Olson in the US

  1. #11,932 Kathy King
  2. #11,933 Maria Esquivel
  3. #11,934 Robert Lamb
  4. #11,935 Thomas Richards
  5. #11,936 William Olson
  6. #11,937 Ana Vasquez
  7. #11,938 Carlos Pena
  8. #11,939 Denise Hall
  9. #11,940 Justin Baker
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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.
Americanized spelling of Swedish Olsson or Danish and Norwegian Olsen.
136th in the U.S.

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