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  1. #45,552 Walter Schmidt
  2. #45,553 William Guy
  3. #45,554 William Mcgovern
  4. #45,555 William Shirley
  5. #45,556 William Silva
  6. #45,557 Aaron Butler
  7. #45,558 Adam Cole
  8. #45,559 Allen Cook
  9. #45,560 Amy Zimmerman
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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.
Portuguese, Galician, and Jewish (Sephardic): habitational name from any of the many places called Silva, or a topographic name from silva ‘thicket’, ‘bramble’.
231st in the U.S.

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