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Where did the Scottish Wilson family come from? What is the Scottish Wilson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Wilson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Wilson family history?The saga of the name Wilson begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland in the medieval era. The name Wilson is derived from the personal name William. The name literally was derived from the patronymic expression son of William or son of Wil. 
Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Wilson has been spelled Wilson, Willson, Wilsone, Wulson, Wilsoun and others.
First found in Berwickshire, where John Wulson was a merchant in the service of Sir John of Montgomery in 1405. Michael Wilsoun was Burgess of Irvine in 1418, and John Wilson was Burgess of Berwick in 1467. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilson research. Another 333 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1603, 1685, 1680 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Wilson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Wilson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Wilson or a variant listed above, including:
Wilson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Wilson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Wilson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vincit qui se vincit
Motto Translation: He conquers, who conquers himself.
The Wilson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wilson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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