William Poteet in the US

  1. #523,735 William Ortman
  2. #523,736 William Oshaughnessy
  3. #523,737 William Otten
  4. #523,738 William Pitchford
  5. #523,739 William Poteet
  6. #523,740 William Priddy
  7. #523,741 William Radcliff
  8. #523,742 William Raftery
  9. #523,743 William Redwine
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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.
Said to be of French origin, this name is associated in the early 18th century with MD and subsequently with NC and SC. If it is French, it is probably a Huguenot name. It may be an altered form of French Petit, or possibly of French Pottet, which is from a diminutive of pot ‘pot’, in any of several senses: a metonymic occupational name for a potter, a nickname for a market trader, or a nickname for a rotund individual.
7,241st in the U.S.

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