Last Name WILSON


Meaning The son of William, from nickname Will. This surname rivals, in the multitude of its representatives, the famous Johnson, Jackson, Robinson, and Dickson.
The son of William. The family are said to be descended from a Prince of Denmark, and were established at a very remote period in the Orkney islands, intermarrying with the clans of Monro, and others. After a long continuance in the north, alliances taking place with some of the principal Lowland families, the Wilsons moved southward. Motto: "Wilsone will."
The son of William or Will.
Son of William.
Origin English, Scottish, Irish, Jewish, Norwegian, Native American, Chilean, Celtic, Lebanese, Falkland, Maori, Austrian, Belgian, South african, Hungarian, Liberian

Rank 10 (2000 US census) 8 (1990 US census)
Count 783,051 (2000 US census)

Race / ethnic distribution

The 2000 US Census claims that
  • 69.72%, or 545943 total occurrences, of those with this family name identified themselves as being white,
  • 25.32%, or 198269 total occurrences, as black,
  • 0.46%, or 3602 total occurrences, as Asian and Pacific Islander,
  • 1.03%, or 8065 total occurrences, as American Indian and Native Alaskan,
  • 1.74%, or 13625 total occurrences, as two or more races, and
  • 1.73%, or 13547 total occurrences, as Hispanic ethnic origin.

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