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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

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William Family Origin

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William Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    28%
  • Laborer

    25%
  • Farm Laborer

    4%
  • Farming

    4%

In 1880, 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. Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by William.

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William Life Expectancy

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Martin Luther King, Jr.1929 - 1968 (39)
Amelia Earhart1897 - 1939 (41)
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