What does Wilson mean?
Wilson \wi(l)-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.
For more information, see also the related boy name William.
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)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Wilson for boys. Wilson reached its top rank of #160 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is currently at #594. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Wilson and corresponding names. The only other popular varying form of Wilson (#594 the previous year) is William (#5 the previous year). Adoption of these boy names was at its peak during the years 1910-1919 (usage of 0.919%) and is now much less (usage 0.7005%, down 23.8%), with the form Wilson becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)