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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 (#8 out of 88799, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 popularity of Wilson and corresponding names. The only other popular varying form of Wilson (#594 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 is William (#5 the previous year). Adoption of this boy name was at its peak during the years 1910-1919 and is now much less, with the form Wilson becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of William, Wilson 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 similar baby names are Gilson, Nilson and Wilton. These names tend to be less frequently used than Wilson.