Wildt Surname History

The history of the Wildt family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Wildt is a nickname surname, a class of German names derived from eke-names, or added names, that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute. Wildt is a name for a person who was extremely wild and passionate. The surname Wildt is derived from the German word wild, which means the same in English.

Early Origins of the Wildt family

The surname Wildt was first found in Bavaria, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation that would later play an important role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. The Wiltz variant claim descendancy from the eponymous Wiltz, a city in north-western Luxembourg, capital of the canton Wiltz, home of the Wiltz Castle which belonged to the former Counts of Wiltz.

Early History of the Wildt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wildt research. Another 130 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1573 and 1855 are included under the topic Early Wildt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wildt Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Wildt include Wilder, Wildt, Wilde, Wild, Wilt, Wildter and others.

Early Notables of the Wildt family (pre 1700)

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United States Wildt migration to the United States +

Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wildt or a variant listed above:

Wildt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johannes Wildt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]
  • Veronica Maria Wildt, who landed in America in 1751 [1]
Wildt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Emanuel Wildt, who settled in Michigan in 1841
  • George Wildt, who settled in Baltimore in 1844
  • Balthasar Joh Wildt, who landed in America in 1847 [1]
  • Wantelean Wildt, aged 22, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1849 [1]
  • Friederike Wildt, who arrived in North America in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wildt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henrietta M. Wildt, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal [2]
  • Edmond Wildt, aged 11, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Panama" from Cristobal [3]
  • Else Hoffman Wildt, aged 24, originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Frederik VIII" from Copenhagen, Denmark [4]
  • Stephanie Wildt, aged 27, originally from Plechingen, Germany, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Mount Clinton" from Hamburg, Germany [5]
  • Karl Wildt, aged 28, originally from Plechingen, Germany, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Mount Clinton" from Hamburg, Germany [6]

Canada Wildt migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wildt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Bernhard Wildt, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752

Contemporary Notables of the name Wildt (post 1700) +

  • Rupert Wildt (1905-1976), German-American astronomer, eponym of the Wildt crater on the moon
  • Jan Wildt (b. 1962), American author of short stories
  • William C. Wildt, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Ruatan, 1898; U.S. Vice Consul in Ceiba, 1905 [7]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64Z-C3D : 6 December 2014), Henrietta M. Wildt, 26 Sep 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64Z-C36 : 6 December 2014), Edmond Wildt, 26 Sep 1919; citing departure port Cristobal, arrival port New York, ship name Panama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XH-7Y8 : 6 December 2014), Else Hoffman Wildt, 16 Aug 1920; citing departure port Copenhagen, arrival port New York, ship name Frederik VIII, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GX-QZ8 : 6 December 2014), Stephanie Wildt, 15 Nov 1921; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Mount Clinton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6GX-QZZ : 6 December 2014), Karl Wildt, 15 Nov 1921; citing departure port Hamburg, arrival port New York, ship name Mount Clinton, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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