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What does the name Wilkinson mean?

The Wilkinson surname is English (particularly prevalent in the North of England and the Scottish border), and is thought to have Norman roots. Wilkinson is a patronymic surname, and would have been given to those who are the son or descendant of a person named Wilkin. The name Wilkin itself is a pet form or diminutive of William.

The earliest occurrence of the Wilkinson surname in our family history documents is from 1480, and we currently have 1,727,315 records where Wilkinson appears.

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