William Scaife in the US

  1. #910,572 William Rusnak
  2. #910,573 William Saba
  3. #910,574 William Sanner
  4. #910,575 William Santo
  5. #910,576 William Scaife
  6. #910,577 William Schnabel
  7. #910,578 William Schoch
  8. #910,579 William Schroer
  9. #910,580 William Segrest
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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.
Northern English (Yorkshire): nickname from the northern English dialect word scafe ‘crooked’, ‘awry’, ‘awkward’, ‘wild’ (Old Norse skeifr).
15,921st in the U.S.

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