Wilson

First Name
45k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
802k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Wilson

"Wilson" is a name of English origin, and it means "Son of William". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A peak in the San Juan mountains of Colorado (14,246 feet high)
  2. 28th President of the United States; led the United States in World War I and secured the formation of the League of Nations (1856-1924)
  3. United States literary critic (1895-1972)
  4. Scottish physicist who invented the cloud chamber (1869-1959)
  5. United States entomologist who has generalized from social insects to other animals including humans (born in 1929)
  6. American Revolutionary leader who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence (1742-1798)
  7. Canadian geophysicist who was a pioneer in the study of plate tectonics (1908-1993)
  8. United States physicist honored for his work on cosmic microwave radiation (born in 1918)
  9. Scottish ornithologist in the United States (1766-1813)
  10. English writer of novels and short stories (1913-1991)
  11. Author of the first novel by an African American that was published in the United States (1808-1870)
Wiktionary

Will (short form of William) +‎ -son

  1. An English, Scottish and northern Irish patronymic surname​.
  2. A male given name derived from the surname.
  3. A city in North Carolina.

Wilson was also found in the following language(s): Hungarian

Notable Persons With the Name Wilson

Wilson Pickett was a rhythm, blues, rock, roll, soul music, and southern soul singing and songwriter. He was most active from 1955 to 2006. Wilson was born on March 18th, 1941 in Prattville, Alabama. Wilson is also known as The "Wicked" Pickett. He left this life on January 19th, 2006.

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Wilson Reis is a noteworthy individual. Wilson was born on January 6th, 1985 in São Paulo.

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Wilson Bethel is an actor, writer, producer, and model. He was most prominent from 2004 to 2005. Wilson was given the name Stephen Wilson Bethel on February 24th, 1984 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States.

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Wilson Jermaine Heredia is an actor. He was most active from 1997 to present. Wilson was born on December 2nd, 1971 in Brooklyn.

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Wilson Palacios is a soccer player for the Miami FC, C.D. Victoria, Club Deportivo Olimpia, Birmingham City F.C., Wigan Athletic F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Stoke City F.C., and Honduras national football team. Wilson was born on July 29th, 1984 in La Ceiba.

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Wilson Chandler is a basketball player for the Denver Nuggets, Zhejiang Lions, and New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Wilson was born on May 10th, 1987 in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was a 28th President of the United States, 34th Governor of New Jersey, and 13th President of Princeton University. Woodrow was born on December 28th, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia, U.S. He died on February 3rd, 1924.

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Brian Wilson is a rock music, pop music, and art pop musician. He plays Vocals, keyboards, bass guitar, synthesizers, accordion, Fender Precision Bass, Baldwin Piano Company, Moog synthesizer, and ARP Instruments. He holds the title The Honeys – "He's A Doll", 'Til I Die" from Surf's Up, Love, and Mercy" from Brian Wilson. His ongoing career started in 1961. Brian was given the name Brian Douglas Wilson on June 20th, 1942 in Inglewood, California, United States.

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Owen Wilson is an actor, writer, producer, and screenwriter. His ongoing career started in 1996. Owen was given the name Owen Cunningham Wilson by his parent Laura Wilson (photographer) on November 18th, 1968 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

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Patrick Wilson is a notable person. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Patrick was given the name Patrick Joseph Wilson on July 3rd, 1973 in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.

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Justine Musk is a fantasy, science fiction, and horror fiction writer. Justine was given the name Jennifer J. Wilson on September 2nd, 1972 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

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Rebel Wilson is a comedian, actress, and writer. She has been prominent since 2002. Rebel was given the name Melanie Elizabeth Bownds on March 2nd, 1980 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

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How popular is the baby name Wilson in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 72 0 72
1881 73 0 73
1882 82 0 82
1883 67 0 67
1884 78 0 78
1885 59 0 59
1886 71 0 71
1887 52 0 52
1888 62 0 62
1889 44 0 44
1890 67 0 67
1891 58 0 58
1892 56 0 56
1893 66 0 66
1894 43 0 43
1895 71 0 71
1896 73 0 73
1897 44 0 44
1898 60 0 60
1899 59 0 59
1900 89 0 89
1901 51 0 51
1902 69 0 69
1903 63 0 63
1904 78 0 78
1905 73 0 73
1906 68 0 68
1907 83 0 83
1908 79 0 79
1909 106 0 106
1910 112 0 112
1911 129 0 129
1912 496 0 496
1913 665 6 659
1914 605 0 605
1915 772 5 767
1916 919 7 912
1917 927 6 921
1918 1,381 0 1,381
1919 853 0 853
1920 590 7 583
1921 606 5 601
1922 566 6 560
1923 541 8 533
1924 543 0 543
1925 444 0 444
1926 463 0 463
1927 470 8 462
1928 433 0 433
1929 400 0 400
1930 429 0 429
1931 339 0 339
1932 350 0 350
1933 349 0 349
1934 352 0 352
1935 341 0 341
1936 392 0 392
1937 352 0 352
1938 390 0 390
1939 401 0 401
1940 447 0 447
1941 450 0 450
1942 466 0 466
1943 461 0 461
1944 459 5 454
1945 398 0 398
1946 429 0 429
1947 439 0 439
1948 438 0 438
1949 377 0 377
1950 352 0 352
1951 357 0 357
1952 356 0 356
1953 360 0 360
1954 334 0 334
1955 336 0 336
1956 302 0 302
1957 356 0 356
1958 318 0 318
1959 313 0 313
1960 282 0 282
1961 270 0 270
1962 288 0 288
1963 284 0 284
1964 261 0 261
1965 250 0 250
1966 303 0 303
1967 253 0 253
1968 227 0 227
1969 243 0 243
1970 292 5 287
1971 270 0 270
1972 228 0 228
1973 208 5 203
1974 207 0 207
1975 217 0 217
1976 218 0 218
1977 213 0 213
1978 224 0 224
1979 241 0 241
1980 284 0 284
1981 266 7 259
1982 273 5 268
1983 254 5 249
1984 269 0 269
1985 281 5 276
1986 286 0 286
1987 292 0 292
1988 353 0 353
1989 323 0 323
1990 425 9 416
1991 443 7 436
1992 519 8 511
1993 434 0 434
1994 373 5 368
1995 416 6 410
1996 385 5 380
1997 380 0 380
1998 406 6 400
1999 405 0 405
2000 426 5 421
2001 472 10 462
2002 509 0 509
2003 467 0 467
2004 547 0 547
2005 522 6 516
2006 512 5 507
2007 478 5 473
2008 492 0 492
2009 487 0 487
2010 429 0 429
2011 408 0 408
2012 422 0 422
2013 396 6 390
2014 465 5 460
2015 435 5 430

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Popularity of Wilson as a first name

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Popularity of Wilson as a last name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Wilson as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in South Carolina, Delaware, or Kentucky.

Common last names for Wilson

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Harris
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Walker
  • Clark
  • Wright
  • Young
  • Green
  • Jackson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wilson U.S.
  White 67.36% 64.26%
  African American 25.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.06% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wilson

People with the last name Wilson are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wilson

  • How Popular is the name Wilson? Wilson is the 1,044th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wilson was the 14th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wilson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 44,887 babies born with the first name Wilson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wilson to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wilson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 72 new born babies.
  • When was Wilson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wilson is Thursday, May 9th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Wilson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wilson was in 1918 with a total of 1,381 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wilson!
  • Random Wilson Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wilson ranks 50th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 68 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Wilson: Your name in reverse order is Nosliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oilwsn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wilson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 801,882 people with the last name Wilson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wilson? Wilson was ranked as the 14th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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What does the name Wilson mean?

Wis for work, for which you strive to accomplish

Iis for immense, are your great qualities

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Sis for sensational, you know how to make a splash!

Ois for organized, you always know where things are

Nis for narrator, tell many stories

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.