William Ost in the US

  1. #2,812,494 William Ondo
  2. #2,812,495 William Opsahl
  3. #2,812,496 William Ormsbee
  4. #2,812,497 William Ortmann
  5. #2,812,498 William Ost
  6. #2,812,499 William Osterhaus
  7. #2,812,500 William Overland
  8. #2,812,501 William Overmyer
  9. #2,812,502 William Packwood
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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, North German (also Öst), Swedish (also Öst), and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name from German Ost(en), Swedish öst ‘east’ denoting someone who lived to the east of a settlement or who had come there from the east. Compare East. As a Jewish name, as well as Swedish, it can be ornamental.
20,763rd in the U.S.

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