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Willson Family History

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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Where is the Willson family from?

You can see how Willson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Willson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Willson families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 536 Willson families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Willson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Willson families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Willson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Willson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Willson. 50% of Willson men worked as a Farmer and 21% of Willson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Willson were Carpenter and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Machinist
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Student
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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 Lists

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

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Draft Cards

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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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.

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