William Ray in the US

  1. #4,949 Mary Rice
  2. #4,950 Carol Jackson
  3. #4,951 Michael Day
  4. #4,952 Scott Peterson
  5. #4,953 William Ray
  6. #4,954 Carlos Ramos
  7. #4,955 Willie Robinson
  8. #4,956 Gordon Smith
  9. #4,957 Maria Camacho
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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.
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.
205th in the U.S.

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