When William G Zantow was born in 1899, his father, William F Zantow, was 24 and his mother, Anna Hallmann, was 27. He lived in Perkins, Nebraska, United States in 1910. He died in 1944, in Scott, Iowa, United States, at the age of 45, and was buried in Pleasant Valley, Scott, Iowa, 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.