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Gender: M Meaning of Wilson: "son of Will" Origin of Wilson: English Wilson's Popularity in 2013: #633

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Wilson is a substantive presidential choice far less prevalent than Taylor or Tyler, and with the advantage of being a new route to friendly nickname Will. We see Wilson growing in popularity as an alternative to William; and as a patronymic, it would make a conceivable (if possibly confusing) choice for a son of William.

Being the tenth most common surname in the U.S., Wilson has countless possible last-named namesakes in every field, from politics to show biz. Those with Wilson as a first name are harder to find, beyond soul singer-songwriter Wilson Pickett and Wilson Rawls, author of the beloved book Where the Red Fern Grows. Wilson is also the name of Tom Hank's friend, the volleyball, in the movie "Castaway."

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Famous People Named Wilson

Wilson Chandler, American basketball player
Wilson Bethel, American actor
Owen Cunningham Wilson, American actor
Brian Wilson, American musician
Rebel Elizabeth Wilson, Australian actress
Raykeea Wilson, American rapper
Mason Wilson Gamble, American actor
Kenneth G. Wilson, American theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner

Pop Culture References for the Name Wilson

The name of Tom Hanks' volleyball in "Cast Away"
Myrtle Wilson-character in "The Great Gatsby"
Dr James Wilson, character in "House" known mostly as Wilson
Alan Wilson, from the TV series "24"

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