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  1. #282,796 William Tolley
  2. #282,797 William Valencia
  3. #282,798 William Whitcomb
  4. #282,799 William Wickham
  5. #282,800 William Woodcock
  6. #282,801 Willie Hammond
  7. #282,802 Willie Maxwell
  8. #282,803 Willie Mcqueen
  9. #282,804 Willis Thompson
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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: 1. from Middle English woodcock (a compound of Old English wudu ‘wood’ + cocc ‘cock’, ‘bird’), a bird that is notoriously easy to catch, hence a nickname for a stupid or gullible person. 2. variant of Woodcott, a habitational name from any of various places named with Old English wudu ‘wood’ + cot ‘cottage’, ‘shelter’, as for example Woodcott in Cheshire and Hampshire or Woodcote in Hampshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, and Shropshire.
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