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Gender: Male Meaning of Wilson: "son of Will" Origin of Wilson: English Wilson's Popularity in 2017: #638

The name Wilson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Will". Wilson is ranked #638 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Surname Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

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
(Stephen) Wilson Bethel, American actor
Wilson Pickett, American soul and R&B singer
Wilson Shannon, American politician; 14th and 16th Governor of Ohio
Wilson Yip, Hong Kong actor, director and screenwriter
(Woodrow) Wilson Rawls, American novelist
Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States
Mason Wilson Gamble, American actor
Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the United States
Owen and Luke Wilson, American actors
Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson, founding members of the Beach Boys

Pop Culture References for the name Wilson

Wilson, volleyball in movie "Cast Away"
Wilson West, character on TV's "7th Heaven"
Wilson Percival Higgsbury, character from video game "Don't Starve"
Wilson Klaus, character on TV's "Into the Dark"
Dr. James Wilson, character on TV's "House" known mostly as Wilson
"Wilson," song by Phish
"Jackie and Wilson," song by Hozier

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...