William Pannell in the US

  1. #200,260 William Navarro
  2. #200,261 William Nelms
  3. #200,262 William Noyes
  4. #200,263 William Pacheco
  5. #200,264 William Pannell
  6. #200,265 William Pond
  7. #200,266 William Reinhart
  8. #200,267 William Robinette
  9. #200,268 William Shull
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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.
English (Sussex): 1. from Middle English panel ‘panel’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a maker of panels, for wainscoting or saddles for example. 2. perhaps a variant of Parnell.
4,070th in the U.S.

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