Williams Family History

Meaning of surname: Williams

Williams is a patronymic form of the name William that originated in medieval England and Wales.[2] The meaning is derived from son or descendant of William, the Northern French form that also gave the English name William. Derived from an Old French given name with Germanic elements; will = desire, will; and helm = helmet, protection.[3] It is the second most common surname in New Zealand; third most common in Wales and the United States and fourth most common in Australia.[1][4]

We found 21,195,697 Genealogy and Family History Records for Williams in our Newspaper Archive.

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976 Historical Books
544,284 Social Security Death Records

Williams Surname

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