William Patton in the US

  1. #12,753 Dennis Hill
  2. #12,754 Edgar Martinez
  3. #12,755 James Swanson
  4. #12,756 William Manning
  5. #12,757 William Patton
  6. #12,758 James Drake
  7. #12,759 James Houston
  8. #12,760 James Pitts
  9. #12,761 John Delaney
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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, northern Irish, and Scottish: from a pet form of the personal name Pate.
466th in the U.S.

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