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Wilbur

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 82 0 82
1881 81 0 81
1882 81 0 81
1883 73 0 73
1884 82 0 82
1885 92 0 92
1886 106 0 106
1887 112 0 112
1888 103 0 103
1889 102 0 102
1890 94 0 94
1891 97 0 97
1892 116 0 116
1893 104 0 104
1894 104 0 104
1895 125 0 125
1896 120 0 120
1897 111 0 111
1898 156 0 156
1899 115 0 115
1900 161 0 161
1901 130 0 130
1902 163 0 163
1903 165 0 165
1904 177 0 177
1905 167 0 167
1906 175 0 175
1907 209 0 209
1908 233 0 233
1909 259 0 259
1910 298 0 298
1911 386 0 386
1912 839 7 832 #92 boy name
1913 1,049 5 1,044 #91 boy name
1914 1,256 8 1,248 #96 boy name
1915 1,685 0 1,685 #92 boy name
1916 1,688 8 1,680 #94 boy name
1917 1,759 10 1,749 #92 boy name
1918 1,809 9 1,800 #97 boy name
1919 1,706 17 1,689 #98 boy name
1920 1,755 14 1,741 #98 boy name
1921 1,767 12 1,755 #100 boy name
1922 1,730 15 1,715
1923 1,683 10 1,673
1924 1,677 10 1,667
1925 1,610 12 1,598
1926 1,526 17 1,509
1927 1,376 14 1,362
1928 1,411 10 1,401
1929 1,300 7 1,293
1930 1,221 9 1,212
1931 1,094 8 1,086
1932 1,020 5 1,015
1933 906 9 897
1934 925 6 919
1935 868 8 860
1936 791 11 780
1937 735 9 726
1938 842 0 842
1939 702 0 702
1940 711 6 705
1941 667 0 667
1942 687 0 687
1943 674 7 667
1944 591 5 586
1945 513 5 508
1946 523 0 523
1947 596 0 596
1948 536 0 536
1949 487 0 487
1950 490 0 490
1951 436 0 436
1952 413 0 413
1953 443 5 438
1954 436 7 429
1955 435 0 435
1956 402 0 402
1957 384 0 384
1958 352 0 352
1959 358 5 353
1960 356 0 356
1961 309 0 309
1962 309 0 309
1963 268 0 268
1964 276 0 276
1965 255 0 255
1966 237 0 237
1967 176 0 176
1968 180 0 180
1969 204 0 204
1970 149 0 149
1971 193 0 193
1972 132 0 132
1973 127 0 127
1974 124 0 124
1975 122 0 122
1976 105 0 105
1977 107 0 107
1978 112 0 112
1979 105 0 105
1980 95 0 95
1981 103 0 103
1982 96 0 96
1983 71 0 71
1984 73 0 73
1985 80 0 80
1986 65 0 65
1987 62 0 62
1988 72 0 72
1989 62 0 62
1990 52 0 52
1991 59 0 59
1992 53 0 53
1993 39 0 39
1994 41 0 41
1995 41 0 41
1996 37 0 37
1997 38 0 38
1998 40 0 40
1999 30 0 30
2000 29 0 29
2001 28 0 28
2002 26 0 26
2003 29 0 29
2004 24 0 24
2005 18 0 18
2006 22 0 22
2007 26 0 26
2008 24 0 24
2009 23 0 23
2010 22 0 22
2011 21 0 21
2012 14 0 14
2013 21 0 21
2014 23 0 23
2015 29 0 29

Fun Facts about the name Wilbur

  • How many people with the first name Wilbur have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 56,877 babies born with the first name Wilbur in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wilbur to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wilbur? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 82 new born babies.
  • When was Wilbur first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wilbur is Friday, November 9th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Wilbur born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wilbur was in 1918 with a total of 1,800 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wilbur!
  • Random Wilbur Factoid: According to the 1917 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wilbur ranks 69th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 23 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1917.
  • Weird things about the name Wilbur: Your name in reverse order is Rubliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ribwlu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wilbur? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,527 people with the last name Wilbur.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wilbur? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Wilbur as their last name.

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Popularity of Wilbur as a first name

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Popularity of Wilbur as a last name

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Common last names for Wilbur

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Williams
  • Wright
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • Anderson
  • White
  • Hall
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Jackson
  • Moore
  • Young

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wilbur U.S.
  White 90.23% 64.26%
  African American 2.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.98% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.35% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.89% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.92% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wilbur

People with the last name Wilbur are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Wilbur" mean? The list below shows the origins of Wilbur as well as things modernly associated with the name Wilbur such as celebrities named Wilbur.

English

Origin and Meaning of Wilbur

The name "Wilbur" is of English origin, and it means "Will fortress". It's a name commonly given to boys.

From an Old English female given name Wilburh, from wil (“will”) + burh (“fortress”).

  1. A matronymic surname​.
  2. (chiefly US) A male given name, transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons With the Name Wilbur

Wilbur Ross

Wilbur Ross is an owner of wl ross & corp., owner of international steel group, vice chairman of bank of cyprus, and bank of cyprus. Wilbur was born on November 28th, 1937 in Weehawken, New Jersey.

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Wilbur Smith

Wilbur Smith is a natural, adventure, and nature writer. Wilbur was born on January 9th, 1933 in Broken Hill, Northern Rhodesia.

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Wilbur Fitzgerald

Wilbur Fitzgerald is an actor and television actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to present. Wilbur was born on September 15th, 1948.

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Wilbur Mills

Wilbur Mills was a Chairperson of the House Ways, Means Committee, and Chairperson of theHouse Ways. Wilbur was born on May 24th, 1909 in Kensett, Arkansas. He died on May 2nd, 1992.

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Wilbur Schramm

Wilbur Schramm was a journalist, writer, and academic. Wilbur was given the name Wilbur Lang Schramm on August 5th, 1907 in Marietta, Ohio. He died on December 27th, 1987.

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Wilbur Glenn Voliva

Wilbur Glenn Voliva was a famed individual. Wilbur was born on March 10th, 1870. He left this life on October 11th, 1942.

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  • Wilbur Scoville
    (pharmacist)
  • Buck Clayton
    (musician)
  • Wilbur Bestwick
    (military person)
  • Wilbur Clark
    (businessman)
  • Wilbur L. Creech
    (military person)
  • Wilbur J. Cohen
    (office holder)
  • Wilbur Olin Atwater
    (noteworthy human)
  • Wilbur P. Thirkield
    (influential individual)
  • Wilbur Evans
    (important human)
  • Wilbur Daniel Steele
    (famed human)
  • Wilbur Cooper
    (baseball player)
  • Wilbur Norman Christiansen
    (famous person)
  • Wilbur Dick Nesbit
    (important human)
  • Wilbur Wade Card
    (noteworthy person)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilbur

Richard Wilbur

Richard Wilbur is a poetry and children's literature writer. Richard was given the name Richard Purdy Wilbur on March 1st, 1921 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Paul Wilbur

Paul Wilbur is a contemporary worship music singing, songwriter, and contemporary worship. He plays Acoustic guitar and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1991. Paul was given the name Paul Robert Wilbur on January 18th, 1951. Paul is also known as Paul Wilbur.

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Curtis Dwight Wilbur

Curtis Dwight Wilbur was a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Curtis was born on May 10th, 1867 in Boone, Iowa. He passed away on September 8th, 1954.

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Ray Lyman Wilbur

Ray Lyman Wilbur was an office holder. Ray was born on April 13th, 1875 in Boone, Iowa. He breathed his last breath on June 26th, 1949.

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Claire Wilbur

Claire Wilbur was a noteworthy person. Claire was born on June 8th, 1933. She left this life on May 20th, 2004.

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Crane Wilbur

Crane Wilbur was an actor, writer, and director. His career lasted from 1915 to 1962. Crane was given the name Irwin Crane Wilbur on November 17th, 1886 in Athens, New York, U.S. Crane is also known as Irwin Crane Wilbur and Irwin Crane. He passed away on October 18th, 1973.

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What does the name Wilbur mean?

Wis for wisdom, you acquire with age.

Iis for ignite, the fire in you!

Lis for love, everlasting.

Bis for bewitch, your charm is undeniable.

Uis for unite, you bring people together.

Ris for rapport, friends seek you.

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