William Silva in the US

  1. #47,676 Tracy Myers
  2. #47,677 Vincent Rodriguez
  3. #47,678 Walter Murphy
  4. #47,679 William Alford
  5. #47,680 William Silva
  6. #47,681 Barbara French
  7. #47,682 Barbara Todd
  8. #47,683 Brenda Wheeler
  9. #47,684 Chris Dunn
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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’.
226th in the U.S.

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