Show ContentsWildes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Wildes is an ancient name that was given to a person in Britain soon after the arrival of the Normans in the 1066. It is a name for a person who was 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." [1]

There may be a Norman connection in that some references refer the name as a variant of the French Le Sauvage. [2] The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae lists Unfrid Salvage and Walter Salvage in Normandy (1180-1195.) [3]

Early Origins of the Wildes family

The surname Wildes was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Wyld Court. [4] The family claims descent from Ulric Wilde, a Domesday tenant in that county. [5]

"This ancient English name is mostly confined to the northern midlands, its principal homes being in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and the West Riding [of Yorkshire], whence it has spread to the counties around. " [6]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed various early spelling of the family including: Emma la Willde, Oxfordshire; Walter le Wilde, Suffolk; and William le Wilde, Huntingdonshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed numerous entries for Johannes Wylde. [7]

Early History of the Wildes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wildes research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1508, 1559, 1550, 1616, 1584, 1611, 1590, 1669, 1627, 1692, 1609 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Wildes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wildes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wild, Wilde, Wildee, Wylde, Wildes and others.

Early Notables of the Wildes family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Wylde (ca.1508-1559), Clothier of The Commandery, Worcester, England; George Wild or George Wylde (1550-1616), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1584 and 1611; John Wilde or John Wylde (1590-1669)...
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Wildes Ranking

In the United States, the name Wildes is the 13,877th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [8]

Ireland Migration of the Wildes family to Ireland

Some of the Wildes 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 Wildes migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wildes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Wildes, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [9]

Canada Wildes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wildes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ben j Wildes, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Australia Wildes migration to Australia +

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

Wildes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Wildes, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Wildes (post 1700) +

  • Harry Emerson Wildes (1890-1982), American sociologist, historian and writer, best known for his biographies of William Penn
  • Reverend Kevin William Wildes S.J. Ph.D., (b. 1954), American academic, current President of Loyola University New Orleans
  • Michael J. Wildes, American immigration lawyer and politician, senior partner of Wildes and Weinberg PC, Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey (2003 to 2010)
  • Michael Wildes, American politician, Mayor of Englewood, New Jersey, 2007 [11]
  • Charles D. Wildes, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1912 [11]
  • Wildes Perkins Walker Veazie (1870-1948), American head coach of the University of Maine's football team in 1893

The Wildes 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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  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  4. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  6. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  8. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  9. 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)
  10. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  11. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook