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Where did the Irish Wilson family come from? What is the Irish 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 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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Spelling variations of this family name include: Wilson, Willson, Wilsone, Wulson, Wilsoun and others.

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.


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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.

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Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wilson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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


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


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
  • Brown Wilson, who landed in Ohio in 1807


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
  • Adam Wilson, a Scottish settler who settled in New Brunswick in 1785

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


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


Wilson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • 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
  • E Wilson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840


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
  • Miss Sarah Wilson (d. 1915), American 2nd Class passenger from Brooklyn, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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)

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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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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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