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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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


Wilson Early Origins



The surname Wilson was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Wilson Spelling Variations


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Wilson Spelling Variations



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.

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Wilson Early History


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Wilson Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Wilson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wilson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Margaret Wilson (died 1685), one of the Wigton martyrs, a young Scottish Covenanter from Wigtownshire executed by drowning for...

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Wilson In Ireland


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Wilson In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Clement Wilson, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • John Wilson, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Andrew Wilson, who arrived in New England in 1651
  • Andrew Wilson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • Christopher Wilson, a Scotch prisoner sent to Boston in 1651
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Cornelius Wilson, who landed in Virginia in 1712
  • David Wilson, who came to Virginia in 1719
  • Anne Wilson, a bonded passenger, who arrived in Maryland in 1724
  • Alexander Wilson, a Scotch-Irish settled in Boston sometime between 1730 and 1736
  • Elizabeth Wilson, who landed in Augusta County, Va in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Wilson, who arrived in New York from Londonderry in 1803 aboard the "Independence"
  • Joseph Wilson of Belfast, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1803, aboard the "Snow George"
  • Eleanor Wilson, aged 36, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • James Wilson, who arrived in New York in 1806 aboard the "Augusta" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Brown Wilson, who landed in Ohio in 1807
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Wilson, who came to St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1703 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Henry Wilson, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Ann Wilson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Barbara Wilson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Dyann Wilson U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 536 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Wilson, who emigrated from Yorkshire to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1813 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Wilson, who emigrated from Yorkshire to in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1813 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • George Wilson, aged 56, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Isobel Wilson, aged 43, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • James Wilson, aged 15, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Wilson, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • Thomas Wilson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • George Wilson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Charles Wilson, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • John Wilson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J A Wilson landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1832
  • Thomas Wilson landed in Cloudy Bay, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship Bee
  • Mr Wilson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Nimrod
  • Archibald Wilson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles James Wilson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Wilson Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century

  • Robert Wilson, aged 23, a miner, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Harold Wilson, aged 18, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wilson (post 1700)



  • Edmund Wilson (1895-1972), American literary critic and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Tom Wilson (1944-2016), American football player and coach
  • Ruby Wilson (1948-2016), American blues and gospel singer and actress
  • Elizabeth Welter Wilson (1921-2015), American Tony Award-winning actress, inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2007
  • Julie May Wilson (1924-2015), American Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical nominated singer and actress
  • Ralph Wilson, American bronze medalist for gymnastics at the 1904 Olympic games
  • Timothy Collins "Tim" Wilson (1961-2014), American stand-up comedian and country music artist
  • Frank Woodrow Wilson (1923-2013), American businessman, lawyer, and politician
  • Keith L. Wilson (1916-2013), American clarinetist, teacher, and conductor who taught at Yale for over 40 years before retiring in 1987
  • William Wilson (1935-2013), American journalist and art critic for the Los Angeles Times
  • ... (Another 62 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Wilson Historic Events


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Wilson Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Rodger L Wilson (b. 1966), American Specialist 4th Class from Dayton, Ohio, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. F. Wilson, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. J. Wilson, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. John Wilson, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Captain George H. Wilson (1885-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Robert  Wilson (1859-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mary Ellen  Wilson (1862-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mr. Francis Alexander  Wilson (1873-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mabel  Wilson (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Marion M  Wilson (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Thomas L Wilson (1879-1914), English Miner from Lambley, Northumberland, England, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Roderick Richard Wilson (1919-1941), Australian Sick Berth Attendant from Burra, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Clifford Wilson (1918-1941), Australian Telegraphist from Dungog, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Allan Robert Wallace Wilson (1910-1941), Australian Engineer Lieutenant from Haverfield, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Roy Weeden Dawes Wilson (1918-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Genmorne, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Stanley Wilson (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Parkside, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Walter Wilson (b. 1920), Scottish Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Dumfries, Dumfries-shire, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. John V Wilson (b. 1916), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Benwell, Northumberland, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Herbert G Wilson (b. 1905), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Gordon A C Wilson (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Kilburn, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. George Wilson (b. 1907), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Hull, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Joseph E Wilson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Cairns Wilson, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Wilson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Wilson, British Gunner, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Herbert Wilson (b. 1924), English Ordinary Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. D Wilson, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley Wilson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. William Thomas Wilson, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Douglas Henry Wilson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Jack Robert Thomas Wilson, British Engine Room Artificer 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. James R. Wilson, English First Waiter from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Emily Wilson, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Miss Dorothy Wilson, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Master Frank Wilson, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Wilson, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on life boat 14 it is believed
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Bertie Wilson, aged 28, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 15
  • Miss Helen Alice Wilson, aged 31, American First Class passenger from Tuxedo Park, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3

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Suggested Readings for the name Wilson


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Suggested Readings for the name Wilson



  • A Brief Account of the Wilsons by Emery Small Wilson.
  • The DeMay Family and the Wilson Family by Ida DeMay Wilson.
  • The Family of Samuel & Jean Love Wilson by Sara Stewart Hinckley.

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Motto



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.


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Citations



  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  10. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
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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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