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  1. #2,784,438 William Vandenburgh
  2. #2,784,439 William Vanderlinden
  3. #2,784,440 William Vanderpoel
  4. #2,784,441 William Vankleeck
  5. #2,784,442 William Vanleer
  6. #2,784,443 William Vanname
  7. #2,784,444 William Vanormer
  8. #2,784,445 William Vansciver
  9. #2,784,446 William Vanselow
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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.
Dutch and Belgian: variant of Van Laar, a habitational name for someone from any of numerous places in Belgium and the Netherlands named Laar, from Middle Dutch lare ‘woodland clearing’.
28,808th in the U.S.

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