Wilson: Earliest records of surname

The earliest records of the surname is that of Robertus Willelmi in the Doomsday Book of 1086. The 1324 Records of Manor of Wakefield in Yorkshire logged a Robert Willeson. A certain Robert Wilson lived at Kristall, Yorkshire in 1341 and John Willison was listed in 1366 in the Subsidy Rolls. The Poll Tax Rolls of Yorkshire listed Adam Wylleson and Thomas Wylleson in 1379. Even nowadays, the Wilson surname is most common in northern England, although it is found throughout the whole of Great Britain and Ireland, as well as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and United States of America. This was mainly due to migrating Britains settling permanently in the Dominions of the British Empire during the 18th to 20th centuries.1-4


  1. Last name: Wilson. http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Wilson
  2. Wilson (name). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilson_(name)
  3. Reaney, P.H. (& Wilson, R.M.) 1961. A dictionary of British surnames. 2nd Ed. Routledge and Kegan Paul: London
  4. Dominion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominion