Wilt Surname History

The history of the Wilt family name begins in the German province of Bavaria. Wilt 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. Wilt is a name for a person who was extremely wild and passionate. The surname Wilt is derived from the German word wild, which means the same in English.

Early Origins of the Wilt family

The surname Wilt 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 Wilt family

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Wilt Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Wilt include Wilder, Wildt, Wilde, Wild, Wilt, Wildter and others.

Early Notables of the Wilt family (pre 1700)

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Wilt Ranking

In the United States, the name Wilt is the 4,012nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]


United States Wilt migration to the United States +

European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Wilts to arrive in North America, and among them were:

Wilt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Leendert Wilt, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1662 [2]
Wilt Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Wilt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [2]
  • Adam Wilt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Valantine Wilt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1738 [2]
  • Hans Georg Wilt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [2]
  • Philip Wilt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1754 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wilt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John M Wilt, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1806 [2]
  • Barbara Wilt, who settled in America in 1846
  • Antonie VanDer Wilt, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [2]
  • Joseph Wilt, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847 [2]
  • Jacobus VanDer Wilt, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Wilt migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wilt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ambrose Wilt, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
  • Caroline Wilt, aged 24, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874
  • Alfred S. Wilt, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Wilt (post 1700) +

  • W. William Wilt, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Blair County 2nd District; Elected 1964 [3]
  • Tony O. Wilt, American Republican politician, Elected Virginia State House of Delegates 26th District 2011 [3]
  • Thornton W. Wilt, American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Jefferson County, 1963-68; Chair of Jefferson County Democratic Party, 1975 [3]
  • Roy W. Wilt, American Republican politician, Elected Pennsylvania State House of Representatives 8th District 1980; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 50th District, 1981-90 [3]
  • Raymond E. Wilt (b. 1907), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County 17th District, 1951-60 [3]
  • Mike Wilt, American Republican politician, Member of Oklahoma State House of Representatives 11th District; Elected 2004 [3]
  • L. W. Wilt, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Greenbrier County, 1942 [3]
  • Abram D. Wilt, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Dayton, Ohio, 1882-86 [3]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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