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What does Wilson mean?

Wilson /wil-son/ as a boys' name is pronounced WIL-son. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Wilson is "son of William". Surname. President Woodrow Wilson; composer Robert Wilson; Beach Boy Brian Wilson.


Wilson has 1 variant: Willson.

Affiliated boy name: William.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Wilsonne, Woolson, ..

(female) Wilsan, Wilsonwy, ..

How popular is Wilson?

Wilson is a very popular first name for males (#394 out of 1220, Top 32%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#10 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


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

Presented below is the baby name history of Wilson for boys. Wilson reached its top rank of #145 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is currently at #594. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the statistics of Wilson and corresponding names. The only other popular varying form of Wilson (#594 from current records) is William (#5 from current records). Adoption of these relations of Wilson was more pronounced among parents during the years 1880-1889 (adoption of 7.8%) and is now much diminished (adoption 0.9%, 88% less).

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

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

Similar Names


Wilson is pronounced similarly to Allson, Ellson and Elson. Other recommended names are Colson, Dillon, Dilon, Eilon, Gibson, Gillon, Gillson, Gilon, Gilson, Hilton, Jimson, Milton, Neilson, Nelson, Nilson, Nilsson, Tildon, Tilton, Vinson, Waldon, Walton, Watson, Weldon, Welton, Wilkins, Wilkinson, Wilmot, Wilton, Winsor, Winston and Winton. These names tend to be less frequently used than Wilson.