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What does Wilber mean?

Wilber Pronunciation of Wilber [wilber] 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.

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

Creative forms:
(male) Wilver, ..

(female) Wilbe, Wilter, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wilber Lyle (W.L.), ..

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)

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, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilber name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy 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.

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