What was William the Conqueror's real name?
His real name in French was Guillaume de Normandie. He was never called William during his lifetime as the name William did not exist at the time. His "English" name was Wilgelm (Latin Willelmus - seen shortened to Willelm). Evidence for this is found in the famous Bayeux Tapestry. The exact pronunciation of Wilgelm, this alternative name for William, is debated. However, in later centuries when the name Wilgelm is succeeded by William, historians refer to Wilgelm as William. Thus, the phrase William the Conqueror is born. In France, he was William, Duke of Normandy.
hello friends, William the conquerors surname doesn't really exist, because people in that time were called "David of the North" instead of david James like normal people. so what historians say his name is .... "William of Normandy". The name "William" was not an actual name in that time, his name was actually "Wilgelm" so his name was really "Wilgelm of Normandy".