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What does the name Williams mean?

Williams means 'son of William' and derives from the German name Wilhelm, which came to England with the Normans around 1066, literally meaning 'helmet of resolve'. The surname is especially common in South Wales. Well-known people called Williams include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Street Car Named Desire playwright Tennessee Williams, Wimbledon champion sisters Serena and Venus Williams and actor Robin Williams.

The earliest occurrence of the Williams surname in our family history documents is from 1433, and we currently have 12,818,129 records where Williams appears.

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