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Meaning and Name Origin

Wilber \wi(l)-ber\ as a name for boys is of Old German derivation, and the meaning of Wilber is "bright will". Wilber is a variant of Wilbert (Old German): used occassionally in the 19th and 20th centuries. Wilber is also a derivative of Wilbur (Old German): surname of unknown meaning.


Wilber has 1 variant: Willbur.

Wilber has 3 more alternative forms via Wilbert, Wilbur: Wilberto, Wilburn and Wilburt.


Wilber is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1070 out of 1220, Top 88%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#4586 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Wilber for boys. Wilber reached its peak rank of #409 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Wilber name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Wilber outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Wilber and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Wilber ranked in the Top 1000 are Wilburn, Wilbur and Wilbert. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1920-1929 and has become significantly lower since, with the versions Wilburn, Wilbur, Wilbert and Wilber becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Wilber, Wilbert, Wilbur, Wilburn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Wilber and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Wilber is pronounced similarly to Elber. Other suggested similar baby names are Wilder and Wilmer. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wilber.