[ 2 syll. wi-(l)son, wil-s-on ] The baby boy name Wilson is pronounced WIHLSahN †. Wilson's origin is Germanic and English, and its use, English. From English roots, its meaning is 'son of Will'. Its meaning is from the element son. The first name is derived from the English surname.
In addition, Wilson is a variation (English) of William (English and French).
Wilson has 16 variations. Variations include Wilesone, Willesone, Willsen, Willsin, Willsn, Wilsan, Wilsen, Wilsin, Wilsyn, Wolson, and Wylson. Other English forms include the diminutive forms Will, Willie (used in German, and Scandinavian too), Willy (used in German too), and Wilse, and the spelling variant Willson.
Wilson is an all-time favorite. Today it is still fairly popular as a baby name for boys, though not to the extent it was previously. At the modest height of its usage in 1918, 0.132% of baby boys were named Wilson. It ranked at #122 then. The baby name has since experienced a decline in popularity, and in recent times it is of only occasional use. In 2012, it ranked at #599 with a usage of 0.021%, but it was nevertheless the 2nd most popular after William, within all boy names in its group. It was used 40 times more than Wilson in 2012.
Baby names that sound like Wilson include Wailan, Wallen, Waltun, Waylan, Welcom, Welcome, Welcomme, Welltun, Weltun, Weylan, Weylen, Weylon, Willaim, Willam, Willsen, Willsin, Willson, Wilsan, Wilsen, and Wilsin.
† Pronunciation for Wilson: W as in "we (W.IY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"