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What does Wilson mean?

Wilson Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: old english, surname.


Wilson has 1 variant: Willson.

Affiliated boy name: William.

Creative forms:
(male) Wolson, ..

(female) Wildom, Wilsan, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wilson Braxton (W.B.), ..

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)

Wilson reached its top rank of #145 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, and is currently at #620. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. The only other popular varying form of Wilson (#620 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%, 89% 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.

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