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  1. #614,632 William Shamblin
  2. #614,633 William Sheriff
  3. #614,634 William Shrewsbury
  4. #614,635 William Sikorski
  5. #614,636 William Slay
  6. #614,637 William Spotts
  7. #614,638 William Spray
  8. #614,639 William Stange
  9. #614,640 William Sterrett
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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.
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English: 1. from Middle English slaye (Old English slege, from slēan ‘to strike’), a metonymic occupational name for a slay maker, an implement used in weaving to push the weft thread tightly against the thread of the preceding pass of the shuttle. 2. topographic name from Middle English slay ‘grassy slope’.
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