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Offline ssbuscher

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Who where his decedents and what last name would they have?

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and what last name would they have?
Their last name was probably "of England" :)

That was Norman dynasty.
They were Normans (descendants of Vikings settled in Normandy, in France)
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I am not 100% sure but I think that Williams direct line is extinct.
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I don't know the name, but I imagine it's something extremely common, like "Smith" or "Jones" or something like that (actually, I don't think it's "Smith", since that's probably a derivation of "Blacksmith" or "Goldsmith" or something similar).
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They most likely did not have what we would today consider a surname.  Most nobiloity did not and many still do not, instead taking a name that denotes the seat of their house or origin of their nobility.

The English Royal family has only had a real surname, Windsor, since WWI when they adopted the name of the family's main castle and dropped their German house name of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to emphasize their Englishness.  There is a pretty good description of the English Royal Families decision to use Windsor on the Royal Family's website.
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