William Rue in the US

  1. #451,434 William Olds
  2. #451,435 William Oxley
  3. #451,436 William Pelkey
  4. #451,437 William Pigg
  5. #451,438 William Rue
  6. #451,439 William Schreck
  7. #451,440 William Schuh
  8. #451,441 William Scribner
  9. #451,442 William Scudder
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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.
Rue
French: topographic name for someone who lived on a track or pathway, Old French rue (Latin ruga ‘crease’, ‘fold’).
6,691st in the U.S.

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