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Origins of the Williamson surname

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What does the name Williamson mean?

The Williamson surname is English. It is patronymic, and refers to someone who is the son or heir of a person named William. Because this given name has been so popular throughout history, it's impossible to give a single source of these named families, they are widespread throughout Britain.

Alternative variations of the name Williamson

Williamson, Wiliamson, Williamsone, Willyamson, Willamson

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Where do most Williamsons live?

In 1921, most Williamsons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Williamsons

How common is your surname?

130th most common surname in the UK

We have 251,000 records for the Williamson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1539.

Who were Williamsons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Williamson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Williamsons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Williamsons in 1921


Domestic Servant


Cotton Weaver






Common Male occupations for Williamsons in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




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