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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


Similar surnames: Hillian, Gilliam, Gwilliam, Willing, Willits, Illian, Wildman

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William Family Origin

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William Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by William. A less common occupation for the William family was Farming. The most common William occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of William's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    28%
  • Laborer

    25%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%
  • Farming

    4%

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William Historical Records

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William Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, William life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for William in 1943 was 35, and 63 in 2004.

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