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What does the name Wilson mean?

The surname Wilson means 'son of William', although an alternative, less common Wilson meaning is a place name such as Wilson in Leicestershire. A popular name throughout Britain, it is particularly common in the North of England. Famous Wilsons include One Foot in the Grave actor Richard Wilson, former British Labour Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and 28th President of the United States Thomas Woodrow Wilson.

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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