Willson Family History

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Willson Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Wilson.

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

Similar surnames: Gillson, Tillson, Millson, Willmon, Jillson, Tillmon, Wixson

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Willson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Willson name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Willson. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Willson Family Origin

Where is the Willson family from?

Willson Family Occupations

What did your Willson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Willson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Willson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Willson family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Willson.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Willson ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Willson Historical Records

What Willson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 226,000 census records available for the last name Willson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Willson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Willson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 22,000 military records available for the last name Willson. For the veterans among your Willson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Willson Life Expectancy

What is the average Willson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Willson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Willson in 1940 was 44, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Willson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Willson ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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