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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Typical jobs for Williamses
Hard-working people, the Williamses. 12229 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Williamses lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Williams in Glamorganshire.
Williamses’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Williamses were angels, apparently. We found 18780 in criminal records.
Williamses in World War I
According to the World War I records, 14000 Williamses served in the First World War.