William Pettaway in the US

  1. #1,343,124 William Penson
  2. #1,343,125 William Peppard
  3. #1,343,126 William Pero
  4. #1,343,127 William Petroff
  5. #1,343,128 William Pettaway
  6. #1,343,129 William Pinkley
  7. #1,343,130 William Plumlee
  8. #1,343,131 William Pohlmann
  9. #1,343,132 William Polly
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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.
Altered spelling of English Pittaway, which is probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place named with Old English pytt ‘pit’, ‘hollow’ + weg ‘path’.
11,842nd in the U.S.

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