Wilson name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Wilson mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Wilson

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Australia says the name Wilson means "Desire, helmet and protection" and is of Malayalam origin.
  2. According to a user from Arizona, U.S., the name Wilson means "Desire, protection, or 'helmet'".
  3. 2 people from Nigeria and the United States agree the name Wilson is of American origin and means "Gift of God".
  4. According to a user from Nigeria, the name Wilson is of Nigerian origin and means "The name wilson simply means resolute protection".
  5. A user from Nigeria says the name Wilson is of Nigerian origin and means ":it means protection".
  6. According to a user from Wyoming, U.S., the name Wilson is of Norwegian origin and means "Viking son of Will. Wolfson into Willson".
  7. A user from California, U.S. says the name Wilson is of Scottish origin and means "Son of Wil".
  8. A user from the United States says the name Wilson is of Scottish origin and means "First named for a private land area. owned and taxed. with the permission of a family originally from the. Country of Scotland".
  9. According to a user from Nigeria, the name Wilson is of English origin and means "Goal achiever".
  10. A submission from Kenya says the name Wilson means "Saviour".
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  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)

Will (short form of William) +‎ -son

  1. An English, Scottish and northern Irish patronymic surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A city, the county seat of Wilson County, North Carolina, United States.

Wilson was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, French, Hungarian, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Wilson

Notable Persons Named Wilson

Wilson Pickett

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.

Wilson Reis

Wilson was born on January 6th, 1985 in São Paulo.

Wilson Bethel

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.

Wilson Jermaine Heredia

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

Wilson Palacios

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.

Wilson Chandler

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.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilson

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilson

Woodrow 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.

Brian Wilson

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.

Owen Wilson

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.

Patrick Wilson

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.

Justine Musk

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.

Rebel Wilson

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.

  • Rita Wilson
  • Rainn Wilson
  • Dennis Wilson
  • Russell Wilson
    Football Player
  • Ruth Wilson
  • Luke Wilson
  • Steven Wilson
  • Nancy Wilson
  • Ann Wilson
  • Carl Wilson
  • Torrie Wilson
  • Joe Wilson
    Member of the South Carolina Senate from the 23rd District
  • Kevin Wilson
  • Carnie Wilson

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

  • What name lists does Wilson rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Wilson? Wilson is the 1,070th 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 46,597 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 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wilson ranks 91st in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 42 babies in South Carolina have the same name in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Wilson: The name spelled backwards is Nosliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nwlsio. 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!
  • Wilson name meaning

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