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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 "Love, Like, Lose -- Outlandish/Guilty Pleasures edition!".

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If you had to pick a Wright brothers name, even Orville might be preferable.

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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)