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What does Willson mean?

Willson Pronunciation of Willson [will-son] as a name for boys is of Old German and Old English origin, and the meaning of the name Willson is "determined protector; son of William". Willson is a version of William (Old German): from wil meaning "will". Willson is also a derivative of Wilson (Old English): surname.

Associated with: old english, determined (faithful), protector (defender).


11 different relations via William, Wilson: Wilkinson, Will, Willem, Willi, Williamson, Willie, Willis, Willkie, Wills, Willy and Wilmot.

Creative forms:
(male) Welson, Willton, ..

(female) Willmot, Willwin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Willson Kieran (W.K.), ..

How popular is Willson?

Willson is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#3562 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Willson (not ranked) rated in the Top 2000 are William (#5 from current records), Wilson (#620), Willie (#775), Will (#834), Willis (#1985), Willem, Willy and Wilmot. Other variants, like Willkie, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Willson reached its apex during 1880-1889 (usage of 9.04%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.89%, 90%), with forms such as Willie falling out of fashion. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Will, Willem, William, Willie, Willis in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Willy, Wilmot, Wilson in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Will, William outside U.S.

Similar Names

Willson is pronounced similarly to Allson, Ellson and Elson. Other recommended names are Alison, Allison, Allon, Allton, Allyson, Belldon (see Belden), Bellton, Carlson, Collton, Dallon, Dallton, Dickson, Dillon, Dilon, Dyllon, Eilon, Elison, Ellison, Ellston, Ellton, Gallton (see Galton), Gilleon, Gillion, Gillon, Gillson, Gilon, Gilson, Hallton (see Halton), Jimson, Karlson, Mallon, Mellon, Millton, Neillson (see Nelson), Neilson, Nelson, Nickson, Nilson, Nilsson, Paulson, Silvaon, Simpson, Tallon, Tildon, Tilton, Vinson, Wallcot, Watson, Weldon, Welldon, Welton, Wilburn, Willard, Willbur, Willerd, Willes, Willess, Willet, Willets, Willett, Williss, Williston, Willkins (see Wilkinson), Willkinson (see Wilkinson), Willmar (see Wilmer), Willmer, Wilton, Windsor, Winsor, Winston, Winton and Woodson. These names tend to be more commonly used than Willson.

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