The Wilson name
Wilson is a patronymic name, or one derived from the name of a father or ancestor: the name Will, which was a popular medieval name, and son.
Wilson variations and common misspellings
Wilson, Gilson, Ritson, Hilson, Watson, Sisson, Wilmot, Dillon
Wilsons in the United States
Wilson ranked 14 of 1,000 of the top surnames on the 2010 U.S. Census.
According to Ancestry.com, in 1880, 38% of Wilsons in the United States were farmers. Ancestry's records listing the name Wilsons include 27 million historical documents, 8 million birth, marriage, and death records, 929,000 military records, 728,000 immigration records, 6 million census and voter lists, and 11 million member trees.