Wild History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Wild surname, of Norman ancestry, was a name given to a person of wild or undisciplined character. Looking back even further, we found the name was originally derived from the Old English word wilde, meaning untamed or uncivilized.

Early Origins of the Wild family

The surname Wild was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Wyld Court, being descended from Ulric Wilde, a Domesday tenant in that county.

Early History of the Wild family

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Wild Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Wild, Wilde, Wildee, Wylde and others.

Early Notables of the Wild family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Wilde or Wylde (1590-1669), Chief Baron of the exchequer, son and heir of George Wylde of Kempsey, Worcestershire, Serjeant-at-Law. [1] George Wild or Wilde (1610-1665), Bishop of Derry, born 9 Jan. 1609, the son of Henry Wild, a citizen of London. "When the civil war broke out he became preacher to the king at Oxford, and the degree of D.C.L. was conferred on him on 23 Nov. 1647. He was turned out of his fellowship by the parliamentary visitors in 1648, and was sequestered from his living at Biddenden, but continued to officiate...
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Ireland Migration of the Wild family to Ireland

Some of the Wild family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wild migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Wild or a variant listed above:

Wild Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Wild who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • William, John and Jo Wild, who all, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635
  • Alice Wild, aged 40, who arrived in New England in 1635 [2]
  • John Wild, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Christopher Wild, who landed in Maryland in 1655 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wild Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Wild, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1703 [2]
  • Johann Georg Wild, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 [2]
  • Valentin Wild, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Abraham Wild, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [2]
  • Jacob Wild, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wild Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Wild, who landed in America in 1807 [2]
  • Casper Wild, aged 24, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1841 [2]
  • Charles Wild, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [2]
  • Harriet Wild, who landed in New York, NY in 1844 [2]
  • Henry Wild, aged 21, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1846 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Wild migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wild Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Wild, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Margereta Wild, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Barnard Wild, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Elisabeth Wild, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Australia Wild migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wild Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
Wild Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Wild, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • John Wild, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Henry Wild, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Mr. Isaac Wild, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. Daniel Wild, British Convict who was convicted in Chester, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Wild 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:

Wild Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Wild, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Frederick Wild, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1844
  • Mr. Richard Wild, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Border Maid" arriving in New Zealand in 1851 [9]
  • Mr. Wild, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th June 1853 [10]
  • Mrs. Wild, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Simlah" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 10th June 1853 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Wild (post 1700) +

  • Harry J. Wild A.S.C. (1901-1961), American film and television cinematographer, Academy Award co-nominee
  • John Daniel Wild (1902-1972), American philosopher
  • Earl Wild (1915-2010), American pianist
  • Payson Sibley Wild (1905-1998), American educator and political scientist, Dean of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University (1946-1949)
  • Horace B Wild (d. 1940), American aviator
  • Patricia Wild, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 [11]
  • Nathan Wild, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 9th District, 1833-35 [11]
  • Max M. Wild, American politician, First Selectman of Hartford, Connecticut, 1926-27 [11]
  • Lilas Wild, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004 [11]
  • Claude C. Wild, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 [11]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Harry Wild, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Agnes Wild, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Paterson, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on a starboard boat (13 it is believed) [13]
  • Miss Evelyn Norbury Wild, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Paterson, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on a starboard boat (13 it is believed) [13]


The Wild Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Veritas victrix
Motto Translation: Truth Conquered.


Suggested Readings for the name Wild +

  • 4013 "The Shepard Genealogy" by Lowell Shepard Blaisdell.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  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. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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