William Trainer in the US

  1. #656,143 William Tedesco
  2. #656,144 William Tessier
  3. #656,145 William Thies
  4. #656,146 William Threadgill
  5. #656,147 William Trainer
  6. #656,148 William Treacy
  7. #656,149 William Tritt
  8. #656,150 William Truong
  9. #656,151 William Twitty
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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.
Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a trapper, from an agent derivative of Middle English trayne, Old French traine ‘guile’, ‘trickery’, ‘snare’, ‘trap’. Compare Train.
9,277th in the U.S.

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