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The Wilson surname in Ireland came from England and Scotland in the 17th century. The surname itself was ultimately derived from the personal name William, and means "son of William" or "son of Wil."

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The surname Wilson was first found in Northern England, where the first on record appears to be Robert Willeson, listed in the Court Rolls of the manor of Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1324. Other early records include a Robert Wilson in 1341 in documents from the Cistercian Abbey of Kirkstall, Yorkshire; and John Willison in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire of 1366. There was a place named Wilson in Devon that has existed since at least the time of the Domesday Book.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wilson, Willson, Wilsone, Wulson, Wilsoun and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilson research. Another 397 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1405, 1418, 1467, 1563 and 1603 are included under the topic Early Wilson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 33 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.

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Some of the Wilson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 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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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
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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
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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
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Wilson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Wilson, who came to St. John's Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1703
  • 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 [1]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
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Wilson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Wilson, who emigrated from Yorkshire to St. John's, Newfoundland in 1813
  • John Wilson, who emigrated from Yorkshire to in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1813
  • 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
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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
  • Thomas Wilson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Wilson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charles Wilson, English convict from Worcester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Wilson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
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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
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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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  • 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
  • Charles A. "Charlie" Wilson Jr. (1943-2013), American politician, Member of the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 6th congressional district (2007-2011)
  • Frank Edward Wilson (1940-2012), African American songwriter and record producer for Motown Records
  • Yvette Wilson (1964-2012), American comedian and actress
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Wilson Historic Events



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
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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
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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
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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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  • 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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Citations



  1. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  2. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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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