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What does the name Williams mean?

The surname Williams is a patronymic name, given usually to the 'son of William' (also Wilhelm, or Guillaume). Although with no single family to trace this name back to, Williams is thought to originate in both England and Wales, and is the second most common surname in New Zealand, third in both Wales and the United States, and fourth in Australia.

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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