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This interesting surname, with variant spellings Wilkinson, Wilkenson, Wilkennson, Wilkens, and Wilkins, is a patronymic of the medieval given name "Wilkin", a short form of the personal name "Will" (itself coming from the diminutive of the Norman personal name William), with the addition of the hypocoristic suffix "kin". The surname dates back to the early 14th Century (see below). Further recordings include one Thomas Wilkynson (1332), in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland, and Adam Wylkynson (1379, in the Poll Tax Records of Yorkshire. Recordings from London Church Registers include the marriage of Anne Wilkinson and Cutbert Worpcop on January 21st 1543, at St...

Wilkinson (Variants: Wilkenson, Walkinson, Wilkison)

An English relationship name, patronymic from ‘son of Wilkin ’.

From the personal name Wilkin, a common Middle English pet form of William.

Early bearers of the surname include: Thomas Wilkynson, 1332 in Subsidy Rolls (Cumb); William Wilkynsone, 1352 in McClure, Jack I 107 (Tuxford, Notts); John, son of William Maison, alias John Wylkynson Mayson, 1397 in Patent Rolls (NR Yorks); Joane Wilkison, 1539 in IGI (Saint Antholin Budge Row, London); Elisabeth Wilkenson, 1539 in Parish Registers (Saint Margaret, Westminster, Middx); Agnes Wilkinson, 1541 in IGI (Lowther, Westm); Richard Wilkenson, 1551 in Parish Registers (Heswall, Cheshire); John Wilkinson, 1559 in IGI (Elland, WR Yorks); William Wilkinson, 1656 in IGI (Bolton le Sands, Lancs).

John Wilkinson, an English convict from Cumberland, was transported aboard the "Asia" on 3 September 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia.


In 1881, the surname was widespread in the North of England, especially Lancashire, WR Yorkshire, Cumberland, Westminster, Durham and Northumberland. Lincolnshire was also a top county for the surname with 1,767 occurrences.

In 1881, the most common Wilkinson occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wilkinson. A less common occupation was Agricultural Labourer.

In 1891, the surname was recorded in England and Wales with 45,302 occurrences and a fewer 540 in Scotland.

The noted, Jonathan Peter Wilkinson (b.1979), an English former rugby fly half, with the pinnacle of his career being his winning drop goal in the 2003 Rugby Cup Final against Australia.

Mark Wilkinson (b.1989), an English record producer and DJ, best known by his stage name Wilkinson. He has released tracks on independent drum and bass labels such as RAM Records and Hospital Records. A well known single released in 2013 was “Afterglow” featuring female vocal artist Becky Hill.

1881, 1891 Census

1881 Census in Lincolnshire

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016

1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain

1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain


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