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Wilda History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Soon after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Wilda was recognized on the island as a name for 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 Wilda family

The surname Wilda 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 Wilda family

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Wilda Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Wild, Wilde, Wildee, Wylde and others.

Early Notables of the Wilda family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Wilda family to Ireland

Some of the Wilda family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wilda family to the New World and Oceana

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wilda or a variant listed above:

Wilda Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Wilda, aged 41, who landed in America, in 1918

Contemporary Notables of the name Wilda (post 1700)

  • Steve Wilda, American producer and editor, best known for his documentary Faith in Providence (2007)

The Wilda 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.

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