Wilson Family Crest

Wilson family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Wilson family crest

Argent (silver) - represents the sincerity of Wilson family members through history.

Or (Gold) - symbolizes the generous nature of the Wilson family since the early and middle ages.

Sable (black) - symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of this family.



 Meaning of the symbols on the Wilson family crest 


The three stars - symbolizes the noble and good qualities of family members, It also represents a belief in additional divine characteristics granted from a higher power.

The horse/stallion - symbolizes speed, intellect and a warrior spirit. In early times it also represented a eager willingness to serve King and country.


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Origins of the Wilson family name

The earliest known origin of the name Wilson is in England as early as the 11th century but also has a long history in the regions of Scotland and Ireland.

The first recorded spelling of the name is in the Domesday Book of 1086, which was a survey of England and Wales ordered by William the Conqueror.

It was first used as a surname for someone who was the offspring of a father with the name Will, literal translation 'Will's son'.

The name Will being derived from the old English name 'Willahelm'. 


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Summary of the Wilson family and the Wilson family crest

  • The Wilson family name is originally of both English and Scottish origin.
  • The name Wilson was found in Scotland where it was first derived from the Gaelic given name of 'Uilleam'.
  • The name Wilson was also commonly found in Ireland in the middle ages, where it is derived from the different Irish name 'Liam', with its origins also in Gaelic.
  • The first officially recorded use of the Wilson family name is from the early to mid 1100s.
  • The first recorded use of the Wilson coat of arms in a registered capacity is from the 13th century.
  • The Wilson family is believed to be among those who were the first families to settle in the new American colonies.
  • The first recorded Wilson in America was a man registered by the name of William Wilson, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.
  • The Wilson family name is still today common in the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • In America, the most famous of the wider family members is perhaps still former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.
  • The Wilson family name is also associated with the American Revolution with James Wilson a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the constitution of the united states.