William Totten in the US

  1. #197,444 William Sherry
  2. #197,445 William Shumate
  3. #197,446 William Tait
  4. #197,447 William Tolliver
  5. #197,448 William Totten
  6. #197,449 William Wofford
  7. #197,450 William Yu
  8. #197,451 Willis Martin
  9. #197,452 Xiao Zhao
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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 and northern Irish: possibly from a diminutive of the nickname totte ‘simpleton’, ‘fool’.
5,032nd in the U.S.

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