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William Family History

William Name Meaning
English: from the Norman form of an Old French personal name composed of the Germanic elements wil ‘will’, ‘desire’ + helm ‘helmet’, ‘protection’. This was introduced into England at the time of the Conquest, and within a very short period it became the most popular personal name in England, mainly no doubt in honor of the Conqueror himself.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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67,319 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of William Families

  • Number of William families
     692 - 1,381
     231 - 691
     1 - 230
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of William families
     2,047 - 4,092
     683 - 2,046
     1 - 682
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of William families
     9 - 15
     4 - 8
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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William Family Origin

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William Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for William

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William Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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