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Gender: Male Meaning of Wilbur: "resolute, brilliant" Origin of Wilbur: German

The name Wilbur is a boy's name of German origin meaning "resolute, brilliant". Wilbur and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Wilbur is a stylish name in the UK whose merits are just starting to be discovered in the US. Wilbur, the loveable pig who Charlotte of the Web called Some Pig, is an inspirational hero. And Wilbur and Orville Wright were early aviationists.

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Famous People Named Wilbur

Wilbur Wright, American aviator; brother of Orville Wright
Wilbur Daigh Mills, U.S. Congressman from Arkansas
Wilbur Addison Smith, South African novelist
(Warren) Wilbur Shaw, American racing driver
Wilbur Bernard Ware, American jazz double bassist
Wilbur Forrester Wood, Jr., American baseball pitcher
(Arley) Wilbur Cooper, American baseball pitcher
Wilbur Bass aka Blaq Poet, American rapper
Richard Wilbur, American poet
Earl Wilbur Sutherland, Jr., winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Wilbur Silverton Heron, son of Kate Silverton & Mike Heron

Pop Culture References for the name Wilbur

Dr. Wilbur Larch, character in "The Cider House Rules"
Wilbur Post, "Mister Ed" horse owner played by Alan Young
Wilbur the pig, hero of E.B. White's children's classic "Charlotte's Web"
Wilbur, baby from TV series "Nip/Tuck"
Wilbur Wonka, father of Willy Wonka of "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory"
Wilbur Robinson, son of Lewis "Cornelius" Robinson of "Meet The Robinsons"

Wilburt, Wilbert, Wilber

Wilbur's International Variations

Wilbart (German)


JessicaBee Says:


As much as I love the name Wilbur, I think it's better as a dog name.

snowsbeloved Says:


American children's classic by E.B. White (who is also famous for penning Stuart Little). Often read in schools and appears on Best Novels of All Time lists. One animated film and one live action film as well.

Daiseymae Says:


It reminds me of Mr. Ed.

SunKissedChild Says:


I actually quite like this name! I think it's endearing

EleanorAll1 Says:


Nameberry, your opinion is never appreciated.

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Essa Says:


I like Wilbur, and Orville too. I don't see the issue with the pig, in fact, I had to google who Wilbur pig was. I don't see that many people making pig jokes.

snowsbeloved Says:


I just think of the lovable piggy...womp womp. If you can get over that then it's a pretty alright name. But just bear in mind that you will not be answering to that name, your child will.

oliviamcdonald Says:


I love this name. He could go by Will. The Wilbur in Charlotte's web is a gorgeous character so I don't see the problem, nobody thinks badly of the name Charlotte.

headintheclouds Says:


I want to like Wilbur so bad! Its meaning is so beautiful, and it's such a charming-seeming fusty vintage name with an appealing Wil- sound. But there's the unappealign burr sound at the end that puts me off, and of course, the inescapable Charlotte's Web pig association.

flora_kate Says:


Probably my absolute favorite boys name! Unfortunately, the pig jokes will get old very quickly, which is why I would probably use it as a middle only.

lesliemarion Says:


I might be nuts, but I love this name. :) Maybe I just miss my grandfathers and great-uncles who had names like this,