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Recorded in various spellings including William, Williams, and Williamson, this is a surname which can be of English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh origins. Wherever found it is ultimately Germanic, and was introduced into England and Scotland around the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Carried by four English kings, it derives from the personal name "Wilhelm" composed of the elements "wil", meaning "of strong mind", and "helm", translating literally as helmet, but in this context meaning "protection". As a patronymic the short form of "s", meaning "son of", is often added, although the name is popular particularly in Scotland in its long style of Williamson...

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Williams (Variants: Wiliams, Willems, Willams) - English: relationship name, occupational name, patronymic variant of William with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. As a patronymic the short form of "s", meaning "son of", is often added, although the name is popular particularly in Scotland in its long style of Williamson.

Wherever found it is ultimately Germanic, and was introduced into England and Scotland around the time of the Norman Conquest of 1066. Carried by four English kings, it derives from the personal name "Wilhelm" composed of the elements "wil", meaning "of strong mind", and "helm", translating literally as helmet, but in this context meaning "protection". In 1881, The Williams family name was found in the UK, USA and Canada.

The UK population was recorded 213,957, most widespread across Wales and West England with 25,890 in the county of Glamorgan area and 17,547 registered across the 71 districts within the Welsh county of Caernarfonshire. Other highly populated county was Lancashire with 18,213 and Cornwall with 6,800. Further South of England, Kent had 3,669 bearers with Early Bearer Thomas Williams residing there in Sandwich, Kent in 1539. Williams was less commonly found in the adjoining county of Gloucestershire, with Bristol area having only 539 bearers.

In 1881, Farmer was the most common occupation for Williams in the UK with Coal Miner and Labourer reported as the top 3 occupations also worked and less frequently an Agricultural Farmer.

SOURCES:

1881, 1891 Census The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016.

1881 Census in Bristol All Sts, Gloucestershire and Kent

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain

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Anthony Barrett

The Williams name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Williams story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Williams surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland. The Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France according to research from the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman in

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