William Single in the US

  1. #1,703,536 William Shireman
  2. #1,703,537 William Shubin
  3. #1,703,538 William Shumake
  4. #1,703,539 William Silas
  5. #1,703,540 William Single
  6. #1,703,541 William Sitter
  7. #1,703,542 William Sivley
  8. #1,703,543 William Skiba
  9. #1,703,544 William Skipworth
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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: topographic name for someone who lived in a place cleared of woods by fire, from Middle English sengle ‘burnt clearing’.
37,268th in the U.S.

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