When William Gaghagen was born on 19 June 1789, in Lurgan, Lurgan Township, Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Thomas R Gahagan, was 50 and his mother, Christiana Jungerman Young, was 34. He had at least 4 sons and 4 daughters with Elizabeth Lantz. He lived in Mahoning Township, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years. He died on 19 June 1837, in Porter, Porter Township, Jefferson, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 48, and was buried in Dayton, Armstrong, Pennsylvania, United States.
Probably the most successful of all the Old French names of Germanic origin that were introduced to England by the Normans. It is derived from Germanic wil ‘will, desire’ + helm ‘helmet, protection’. The fact that it was borne by the Conqueror himself does not seem to have inhibited its favour with the ‘conquered’ population: in the first century after the Conquest it was the commonest male name of all, and not only among the Normans. In the later Middle Ages it was overtaken by John , but continued to run second to that name until the 20th century, when the picture became more fragmented.
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