William Rose in the US

  1. #4,233 Benjamin Brown
  2. #4,234 Beverly Miller
  3. #4,235 Elizabeth Nelson
  4. #4,236 Susan Roberts
  5. #4,237 William Rose
  6. #4,238 William Meyer
  7. #4,239 Shannon Davis
  8. #4,240 Michelle Hall
  9. #4,241 Michael Gardner
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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, Scottish, French, and German: from the name of the flower, Middle English, Old French, Middle High German rose (Latin rosa), in various applications. In part it is a topographic name for someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew, or a habitational name for someone living at a house bearing the sign of the rose. It is also found, especially in Europe, as a nickname for a man with a ‘rosy’ complexion. As an American surname, this name has absorbed cognates and similarsounding names from other European languages.
157th in the U.S.

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