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What does Wilbur mean?

Wilbur /wil-bur/ as a boys' name is of Old German origin. Surname of unknown meaning. Literary: Wilbur the Pig is the protagonist in "Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White. Aviator Wilbur Wright.

Associated with: surname, literary, white.


Wilbur has 2 variants: Wilber and Willbur.

Affiliated boy name: Wilbert.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Walbur, Welbur, ..

(female) Wilburria, Wilver, ..

How popular is Wilbur?

Wilbur is a very popular first name for men (#341 out of 1220, Top 28%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#3363 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)


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

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Wilbur for boys. Wilbur reached its peak rank of #96 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the boy name Wilbur and affiliated names. Prominent variation forms of Wilbur listed in the Top 2000 are Wilbert and Wilber. These relations of Wilbur were at the apex of their popularity 104 years ago (median #249).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilbur, Wilber, Wilbert in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Wilbur is alike in pronunciation to Elber. Other suggested similar names are Baldur, Gilburt, Gilmour, Milburn, Walder, Walker, Waller, Walter, Weber, Welbey (see Welby), Welbie, Welborn, Welburn, Welby, Wellburn (see Welborne), Wil, Wilberto, Wilburn, Wilburt, Wild, Wilde, Wilder, Wilek, Wiley, Wilford, Wilkes, Wilkie, Will, Willard, Willem, Willerd, Willes, Willet, Willey, Willi, Willie, Willis, Willmar (see Wilmer), Willmer, Wills, Willy, Wilmar, Wilmer, Wilmore, Wilmot, Wilson, Wilton, Winsor, Winter, Wistar, Wister, Wyler and Wylmer. These names tend to be less frequently used than Wilbur.