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What does Wilber mean?

Wilber /wil-ber/ as a name for boys is of Old German derivation, and the meaning of Wilber is "bright will". Wilber is a variant form of Wilbert (Old German). Wilber is also a derivative of Wilbur (Old German): last name of unknown meaning.

Associated with: bright


Wilber has 1 variant: Willbur.

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

Kreatif forms:
(male) Wallber, Wilver, ..

(female) Wilbe, Wilter, ..

How popular is Wilber?

Wilber is a somewhat popular first name for males (#1070 out of 1220, Top 88%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#5348 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name history of Wilber for boys. Wilber was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak rank of #409 in the U.S. then, but is not listed currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 statistics of the boy name Wilber and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Wilber are Wilburt, Wilburn, Wilbur and Wilbert. Usage of these forms of Wilber was at its apex a century ago (adoption of 0.3%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilber, Wilbert, Wilbur, Wilburn, Wilburt 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 names are Ailbert (see Albert), Ailmer (see Aylmer), Dilbert, Filbert, Filmer, Gilbert, Gilbey, Gilmer, Hiller, Miller, Silver, Walder, Walker, Waller, Walter, Weber, Welbey (see Welby), Welborn, Welburn, Wilde, Wilder, Wilek, Wiley, Wilford, Wilfred, Wilkes, Willem, Willerd, Willes, Willet, Willey, Willmer, Wilmar, Wilmer, Winter, Wister, Wolfert, Wyler and Wylmer. These names tend to be less commonly used than Wilber.