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What does the name Wilson mean?

The Wilson surname is a patronymic name originating most often in England and Scotland, and found as early as the 1300s. Wilson is the second most common surname in Scotland, seventh most common surname in England and tenth most popular name in the United States of America. Because of the plantation of Ulster and the arrival of numerous settlers from Scotland, it is also the most prevalent surname in Northern Ireland. The surname Wilson derives from being the 'son of Will/William', ensuring that the name has appeared in many parts of the English-speaking world independently, with no single common place of creation.

The earliest occurrence of the Wilson surname in our family history documents is from 1470, and we currently have 7,767,564 records where Wilson appears.

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