Wilson Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Tilson, Gilson, Ritson, Hilson, Watson, Sisson, Wilmot, Dillon

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Wilson Family Origin

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Wilson Family Occupations

What did your Wilson ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wilson occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Wilson's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wilson family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wilson.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Wilson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 6 million census records available for the last name Wilson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilson 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 728,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilson. 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 929,000 military records available for the last name Wilson. For the veterans among your Wilson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wilson Life Expectancy

What is the average Wilson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wilson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Wilson in 1940 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wilson 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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