Gender: Male Meaning of Wilson: "son of Will" Origin of Wilson: English Wilson's Popularity in 2019: #646

Wilson Origin and Meaning

The name Wilson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Will".

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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Rank in US: #646

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Pop Culture References for the name Wilson

Wilsyn, Willson


Hylian Wizard Says:


Handsome name, good alternative to the overused William.

Zelliew Says:


I like it as a surname

RavenZimmi Says:


this is my last name...