William Roberts in the US

  1. #660 Willie Johnson
  2. #661 Roger Smith
  3. #662 Thomas Martin
  4. #663 Linda Anderson
  5. #664 William Roberts
  6. #665 Charles Martin
  7. #666 Gregory Johnson
  8. #667 Mary Murphy
  9. #668 Steven Jones
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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.
English: patronymic from the personal name Robert. This surname is very frequent in Wales and west central England. It is also occasionally borne by Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of a like-sounding Jewish surname.
44th in the U.S.

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