Whats His Name – William Genealogy-www.sdcp.cn

Home-and-Family It may seem odd, but if you want to trace your family tree to its earliest, ancient ancestral roots, you reach an historical period prior to which, first or Christian names be.e more useful than family names. The reason is that using single first names is a much older custom than possessing surnames. In fact, many popular surnames originate as variations of ancient first names. Way back, there were far fewer citizens and no massive cities. People lived in local, .munity-orientated groups. So folks could interact on first name terms, without too much confusion. This began to change when particular names captured the wider public attention, making these names much more .mon and widespread. William is a perfect example. Its origin is the ancient Germanic name Wilhelm, wil meaning desire (or will) helm being a shield or helmet. It turns up as a higher echelon name among Charlemagne’s Frankish relatives. From there it entered the French Norman aristocracy. William Duke of Normandy (1027/8?-1087) inherited this title from his father, Robert the Devil. His mother’s name was Herleva. William married Matilda of Flanders. William’s ancestors had also forged inter-marital links with England’s Anglo Saxon rulers. The mother of King Edward the Confessor was from Norman stock, and William claimed Edward had promised him the English Throne. But when Edward died, two other Anglo-Saxon relations challenged William’s claim. So in 1066, William (the Conqueror) invaded England. The Normans were victorious and King William I of England was crowned. William and Matilda had ten children together, Robert ‘Curthose’ Duke of Normandy, Richard Duke of Bernay, Henry ‘Beauclerk’ of Normandy and William Rufus; six daughters were Cecilia – Abess of Caen, Adeliza, Constance, Adela, Agatha and Matilda. (The King also had many illegitimate children.) It was William (1056-1100) who succeeded his father, be.ing King William II in 1087. But in 1100, he was killed in a hunting accident. It is widely supposed that the arrow that shot William in the back resulted from an assassination plot augmented by his brother, Henry. Certainly, King Henry I succeeded his brother. The English and French Thrones remained entangled for almost four hundred years. These years upheld the constantly feuding Plantagenet dynasty, produced several epic Anglo-French wars, inspired the Holy Land Crusades and shaped much of Europe. Perhaps not surprisingly with all this war, regicide and feudal bloodletting going on, the name William exploded in popularity, soon be.ing the most popular name in England for baby boys. And it wasn’t the only Norman birth name success story; Henry and Richard were introduced around the same time, each likewise gaining phenomenally .mon usage among the English. Further, the popularity of these three names spread throughout Europe. William remained among the five most popular birth names, until early in the last century. As well as producing popular surname adaptations – including Williams from William’s son – William is used in many countries, as a place name, like Prince William County in Virginia, USA. Thanks to References: royalgenes A Dictionary of First Names; Oxford University Press: ISBN 0192800507 About the Author: 相关的主题文章: