Wilder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wilder family

The surname Wilder was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat in ancient times, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Wilder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilder research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1450 is included under the topic Early Wilder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wilder Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wilder, Wylder, Wilde and others.

Early Notables of the Wilder family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Wilder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Wilder migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wilder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Roger Wilder, passenger on the "Mayflower" which arrived in Plymouth in 1620
  • Roger Wilder, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 [1]
  • Martha Wilder, who arrived in New England in 1638 [1]
  • Thomas and Martha, and their daughter Mary Wilder who, who settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Solomon Wilder, who arrived in Maryland in 1660 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wilder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Martin Wilder, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]
  • Hans Martin Wilder, who settled in Philadelphia in 1727
  • Hans Adam Wilder, who settled in Philadelphia in 1727
Wilder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Conrad Wilder, who arrived in New York in 1830 [1]
  • Jesse Wilder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • Julius Wilder, aged 33, who landed in Alabama in 1858 [1]
  • Gotleib Wilhelm Wilder, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Canada Wilder migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wilder Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Wilder, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
Wilder Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hiram Wilder, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Nathaniel Wilder, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • Rupert Wilder, who landed in Canada in 1836
  • Palmer Billings Wilder, who arrived in Canada in 1839
Wilder Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Rosina Wilder, aged 24, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Jacob Wilder, aged 25, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Helena Wilder, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

Australia Wilder migration to Australia +

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

Wilder Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Richard Wilder, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wilder (post 1700) +

  • Thornton Niven Wilder (1897-1975), American playwright and novelist awarded the 1927 Pulitzer Prize for Novel and the 1938 and 1942 Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Gene Wilder (1933-2016), born Jerome Silberman, American two-time Academy Award nominated actor, best known for his work on Young Frankenstein (1974), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Blazing Saddles (1974)
  • Burt Green Wilder (1841-1925), American comparative anatomist
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957), American writer, most notably the author of the Little House on the Prairie books of children's novels
  • Deontay Leshun Wilder (b. 1985), American heavyweight boxer with a knockout ratio of 96.9%
  • Effie Leland Wilder (1909-2007), American homemaker and author, known for her first book, Out to Pasture which was published when she was 85 years old
  • Raymond Louis Wilder (1896-1982), American mathematician who specialized in topology, President of the American Mathematical Society (1955-1956), President of the Mathematical Association of America (1965-1966)
  • Michael Wilder (b. 1962), American chess grandmaster, United States Chess Champion in 1988
  • James Wilder (b. 1958), American former football running back who played from 1981 to 1990
  • John T. Wilder (1830-1917), American Civil War general in the Union Army
  • ... (Another 45 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Wilder 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: Virtuti maenia cevant
Motto Translation: Let walls yield to valour.


Suggested Readings for the name Wilder +

  • 920 The Descendants of Harvey Wilder and His Ancestors to 1485 in England by Justin E. Wilder, Lucy Jane Wilder: Kith and Kin by Jessye Ann High, The Book of Wilders (Revised) by Edwin M. Wilder.

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONDOR 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Condor.htm


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