× Home
×

Family Crest and History Search
House of Names
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2017

Origins Available: English, Irish, Scottish



Multiple Origins for the Surname Wilson


Scottish


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)

Close

Wilson Spelling Variations


Expand

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.

Close

Wilson Early History


Expand

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.

Close

Wilson Early Notables (pre 1700)


Expand

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...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Close

Wilson In Ireland


Expand

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.

Close

The Great Migration


Expand

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • David Wilson, who setted in 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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (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, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James Wilson, who arrived in New York in 1806 aboard the "Augusta" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Brown Wilson, who landed in Ohio in 1807 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (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 setted in St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1703 [3]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 [4]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 [3]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 [3]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, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Isobel Wilson, aged 43, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • James Wilson, aged 15, who 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 [5]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 [6]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 [7]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 [8]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 [8]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, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1832
  • Thomas Wilson, who landed in Cloudy Bay, New Zealand in 1836 aboard the ship Bee
  • Mr Wilson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Nimrod
  • Archibald Wilson, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles James Wilson, who 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, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Harold Wilson, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Close

Contemporary Notables of the name Wilson (post 1700)


Expand

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.)

Close

Wilson Historic Events


Expand

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

Halifax Explosion

Hillcrest Coal Mine

HMAS Sydney II

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

HMS Repulse

RMS Lusitania

RMS Titanic


Close

Suggested Readings for the name Wilson


Expand

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.

Close

Motto


Expand

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.


Close

Wilson Family Crest Products


Expand

Wilson Family Crest Products




Close

See Also


Expand

See Also




Close

Citations


Expand

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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ 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. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  4. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 23 March 2017 at 12:44.

Sign Up

  


FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
House of Names on Facebook
Follow Houseofnames on Twitter
Houseofnames on Pinterest