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Wilson Family History

Wilson Name Meaning
English, Scottish, and northern Irish: patronymic from the personal name Will, a very common medieval short form of William.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

26,847,764 Historical Documents with Wilson on Ancestry.com
7,387,424 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
889,913 Military Records
655,659 Immigration Records
5,536,788 Census and Voter Lists
12,377,980 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Wilson Families

  • Number of Wilson families
     3,886 - 7,769
     1,296 - 3,885
     1 - 1,295
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Wilson families
     11,524 - 23,046
     3,842 - 11,523
     1 - 3,841
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Wilson families
     5,850 - 11,698
     1,951 - 5,849
     1 - 1,950
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Wilson census records

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Wilson Family Origin

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Wilson Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Wilson

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Wilson Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Wilson census records

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Wilson Civil War Service Records

All Wilson
15,062
Confederate
3,861
Union
11,201

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