Wilson - boys name

Wilson name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 75%

Wilson name meaning:

The name Wilson is of English origin and is primarily a surname turned given name. It is derived from the medieval personal name Will, a short form of William, which in turn comes from the Old Norman-French name Williame. The etymology of William is believed to be derived from the Germanic elements "wil", meaning "desire" or "will", and "helm", meaning "helmet" or "protection". Therefore, the name Wilson can be interpreted to mean "son of Will" or "son of William".

As a given name, Wilson is often used to honor a family surname or as a way to make the name William more informal or approachable. It is a strong and classic name with a touch of familiarity. Wilson can symbolize determination, protection, and a strong-willed nature. It carries an air of traditional masculinity while also having a friendly and accessible quality. Overall, the name Wilson represents a blend of heritage, strength, and individuality.

Origin: German

Son of William.



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Overall UK ranking: 1218 out of 4789

22 recorded births last year

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Historical popularity of Wilson

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