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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name WILLIAMS

Origin

Williams : English: variant of William with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This form of the surname is also common in Wales. In North America this surname has also absorbed some cognates from other languages such as Dutch Willems. Williams is the third most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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