William

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman Willame, from Old High German Willahelm, from willo (will) + helm (helmet).

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William

  1. A male given name popular since the Norman Conquest.
    • 1605 William Camden, Remains Concerning Britain, John Russell Smith, 1870, p.98:
      This name hath been most common in England since King William the Conquerour,insomuch that upon a festival day in the Court of King Henry the Second, when Sir William Saint-John, and Sir William Fitz-Hamon, especial Officers, had commanded that none but of the name of William should dine in the great Chamber with them, they were accompanied with a hundred and twenty Williams.
    • 2004 Christopher Wood, California, Here I Am, TwentyFirst Century Publishers Ltd, ISBN 1904433219, page29-30:
      By the same token I should probably have called myself 'Bill'. With a name like William you have choices. Very handy for us chameleons. 'William' is stern and dignified. A little austere and unapproachable. He conquers things. It is what my mother calls me when she is angry with me.

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English.

Proper noun[edit]

William

  1. A male given name

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English, though ultimately of Old French origin.

Proper noun[edit]

William

  1. A male given name

Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English.

Proper noun[edit]

William

  1. A male given name

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English William. First recorded as a Swedish given name in 1675. Cognate with Swedish Vilhelm.

Proper noun[edit]

William

  1. A male given name.

References[edit]

  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, ISBN 91-21-10937-0
  • [1] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, ISBN 9119551622: 34 793 males with the given name William (compared to 825 named Villiam) living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 2000s decade. Accessed on 19 June 2011.