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William Rankin in the US

  1. #35,325 Stephen Stone
  2. #35,326 Steven Weaver
  3. #35,327 Thomas Mullins
  4. #35,328 Veronica Moore
  5. #35,329 William Rankin
  6. #35,330 Adam Mitchell
  7. #35,331 Andres Gomez
  8. #35,332 Angelina Martinez
  9. #35,333 Anthony Costa
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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.
Scottish and northern Irish: from the medieval personal name Rankin, a diminutive of Ronald or Rand, with the diminutive suffix -kin.
1,145th in the U.S.

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