wilson family crest

Wilson Family Crest / Wilson Coat of Arms

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First found in Berwickshire, where the Wilson family held a seat from ancient times.In their new home, Scots found land and opportunity, and some even fought for their new freedom in the American War of Independence. Some, who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, the ancestors of both of these groups have begun recovering their illustrious national heritage through clan societies and other Scottish historical organizations. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Wilson name: John Wilson, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Christopher Wilson, a Scotch prisoner sent to Boston in 1651; Andrew Wilson, who arrived in New England in 1651.Motto Translated: He conquers, who conquers himself.

Suggested Readings for the name Wilson

  • A Brief Account of the Wilsons by Emery Small Wilson.
  • The DeMay Family and the Wilson Family by Ida DeMay Wilson.
  • The Family of Samuel & Jean Love Wilson by Sara Stewart Hinckley.
Some noteworthy people of the name Wilson

  • Olin Chaddock Wilson (1909-1994), American astronomer, stellar spectroscopist. He won the Henry Norris Russell Lectureship in 1977 and the Bruce Medal in 1984
  • James Harrison Wilson (1837-1925), Union Army general in the American Civil War, railroad executive, and author
  • Linette Wilson, American athlete
  • Staci Wilson, American soccer player
  • Gahan Wilson (b. 1930), American cartoonist
  • Tom Wilson (b. 1931), American cartoonist
  • Edmund Wilson (1895-1972), American literary critic
  • Edmund Beecher Wilson (1856-1939), American zoologist
  • Edward Osborne Wilson (b. 1929), American biologist
  • Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930), American botanist
  • Henry Wilson (1812-1873), American politician
  • James Wilson (1742-1789), American political ideologist
  • Kenneth Geddes Wilson (b. 1936), American theoretical physicist
  • Robert Wilson (b. 1941), American theatre-maker/director/designer
  • Robert Woodrow Wilson (b. 1936), winner of the American 1978 Nobel Prize in physics for detecting microwave noise in the constellation Cassiopeia that proved to be residual radiation from the Big Bang
  • Theodore Shaw “Teddy” Wilson (1912-1986), American pianist/bandleader/arranger
  • Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869-1959), Scottish pioneer of atomic and nuclear physics who received the Nobel Prize in 1927
  • Sir Daniel Wilson (1816-1892), Scottish archaeologist
  • James Wilson (1805-1860), Scottish economist
  • John Wilson (1785-1854), Scottish critic and essayist
  • John Wilson (1804-1875), Scottish missionary
  • John MacKay Wilson (1804-1835), Scottish writer and editor
  • Finn Wilson, Scottish musician
  • Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson (1842-1921), English Admiral and First Sea Lord
  • John Lyde Wilson (1784-1849), Democratic-Republican Governor of South Carolina from 1822 to 1824
  • Charles McMoran Wilson (1882-1977), 1st Baron Moran, most famous for being Sir Winston Churchill’s personal physician, saving his life in 1943
  • Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), the twenty-eighth President of the United States
  • Sir Archibald Wilson, diplomat
  • Colin Wilson (b. 1931), well-known British novelist
  • Ian Wilson (b. 1964), Irish composer
  • Sammy Wilson, Democratic Unionist Member of the British Parliament for East Antrim (b.2005)
  • Samuel Wilson, Lord Mayor of London (1838)
  • Sir Angus Wilson (1913-1991), South African-born English novelist
  • Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx (1916-1995), British politician, Prime Minister (1964-1970, 1974-1976)
  • David Clive Wilson (b. 1935), Baron Wilson of Tillyorn, British administrator, last Governor of Hong Kong (1987-1992)
  • Sir Alan Geoffrey Wilson (b. 1939), British scientist and social scientist, knighted in 2001
  • Ellen Louise Axson Wilson (1860-1914), first wife of Woodrow Wilson, First Lady of the United States from 1913 until her death
  • Edith Bolling Galt Wilson (1872-1961), second wife of President Woodrow Wilson, First Lady of the United States from 1915 to 1921
  • Edward Adrian Wilson (1872-1912), English physician
  • Sir Erasmus Wilson (1809-1884), English surgeon and antiquarian
  • Sir James Harold Wilson (b. 1916), English Labour politician
  • Harriette Wilson (1786-1855), English courtesan
  • Sir Henry Hughes Wilson (1864-1922), Irish soldier
  • Henry Maitland Wilson (1881-1964), English soldier
  • Horace Hayman Wilson (1786-1860), English Orientalist
  • John Dover Wilson (1881-1969), Shakespearean scholar
  • Richard Wilson (1714-1782), Welsh landscape painter
  • Sir Robert Thomas Wilson (1777-1849), English soldier
  • Alexander Wilson (1766-1813), Scottish/American ornithologist
  • Betty Wilson (b. 1943), British peace activist
  • Royston Warner Wilson (1900-1965), English strip cartoonist
  • Thomas Wilson (1663-1755), English churchman

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