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Multiple Origins for the Surname Wild


German


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

Wild Early Origins



The surname Wild 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.

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Wild Early History


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Wild Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wild research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1573 and 1855 are included under the topic Early Wild History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wild Spelling Variations


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Wild 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 Wild include Wilder, Wildt, Wilde, Wild, Wilt, Wildter and others.

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Wild Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wild Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wild Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • John Wild, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • Christopher Wild, who landed in Maryland in 1655 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Johann Georg Wild, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1730 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Valentin Wild, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1732
  • Abraham Wild, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1751 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Jacob Wild, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Casper Wild, aged 24, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1841 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Charles Wild, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Harriet Wild, who landed in New York, NY in 1844 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Henry Wild, aged 21, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1846 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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

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 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • John Wild, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Henry Wild, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Wild, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Christina" in 1841 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHRISTINA from London. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1841Christina.gif
  • George Wild, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Alfred Edward Wild, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Elizabeth Wild, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Frederick Abraham Wild, aged 17, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wild (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wild (post 1700)



  • John Daniel Wild (1902-1972), American philosopher
  • Harry J. Wild (1901-1961), American film and television cinematographer, Academy Award co-nominee
  • 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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Nathan Wild, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 9th District, 1833-35 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Max M. Wild, American politician, First Selectman of Hartford, Connecticut, 1926-27 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Lilas Wild, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 2004 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Claude C. Wild, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Wild Historic Events


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Wild Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Harry Wild, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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) [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • 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) [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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Suggested Readings for the name Wild



  • The Shepard Genealogy by Lowell Shepard Blaisdell.

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