William Vitale in the US

  1. #347,120 William Sosa
  2. #347,121 William Strickler
  3. #347,122 William Swaney
  4. #347,123 William Vestal
  5. #347,124 William Vitale
  6. #347,125 William Walkup
  7. #347,126 William Walther
  8. #347,127 William Wayman
  9. #347,128 William Wetmore
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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.
Italian and Jewish (from Italy): from the medieval personal name Vitale (Latin Vitalis, a derivative of vita ‘life’). The name was popular with Christians as a symbol of their belief in eternal life, and was borne by a dozen early saints; it became especially popular in Emilia-Romagna because of two saints, San Vitale of Bologna and Ravenna. As a Jewish personal name it represents a calque of the Hebrew personal name Chayim ‘life’. Compare Hyams.
2,422nd in the U.S.

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