William Stringer in the US

  1. #88,263 William Keene
  2. #88,264 William Keys
  3. #88,265 William Langston
  4. #88,266 William Ledford
  5. #88,267 William Stringer
  6. #88,268 William Whitlock
  7. #88,269 Willie Harvey
  8. #88,270 Xue Li
  9. #88,271 Young Chun
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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: occupational name for a maker of string or bow strings, from an agent derivative of Middle English streng ‘string’. In Yorkshire, where it is still particularly common, Redmonds argues that the surname may have been connected with iron working, a stringer having operated some form of specialist hearth.
1,960th in the U.S.

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