The Germanic name William was rare in England, until the man named William came to sit upon the English throne. Common tradition has often seen many young boys named after the reigning monarch of their times, leading to a great many parents naming their son ‘William’. The trend continued, naturally, and has been one of the most commonly given English forenames for the last one thousand years.
He popularised the name William! (9/10)
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