The English surname Wilkinson is of patronymic origin meaning son of or descendent of Wilkin. The medieval personal name Wilkin was a pet form William. The name Wilkinson is first recorded as a personal name in 1166, in the Northumberland Pipe Rolls, as "Wilechin". John Wilkinson married Merget Martyn on April 15th 1541 at St. Michael Bassishaw, London, and on November 30th 1550, George Wilkins was christened at St. Andrew Hubbard, London. One John Wilkinson and his wife appear as early settlers in the New World; they are listed as residents of "the Eastern Shore" in Virginia in February 1623.Today there are 52,000 Wilkinson's in the US.