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  1. #4,563 Dorothy White
  2. #4,564 Gary Allen
  3. #4,565 Julio Hernandez
  4. #4,566 Lori Jones
  5. #4,567 William Ray
  6. #4,568 James Leonard
  7. #4,569 Jeffrey Nelson
  8. #4,570 Juan Gonzales
  9. #4,571 Larry Lewis
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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.
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Ray
English (of Norman origin): nickname denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities, from Old French rey, roy ‘king’. Occasionally this was used as a personal name.
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