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Wildman is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a wild man. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Wildman Early Origins



The surname Wildman was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times and were Lords of the manor of Beaucot, before and after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Some of the first records of the name include John Wildeman who was listed on the Close Rolls during the reign of King Richard II, which lasted from 1377 to 1399 and the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 lists Willelmus Wyldman.

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Wildman Spelling Variations


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Wildman Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Wildman has appeared include Wildman, Wyldman, Wileman and others.

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Wildman Early History


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Wildman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wildman research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1621 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Wildman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Wildman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Wildman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Wildman 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



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Wildman arrived in North America very early:

Wildman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Wildman, who landed in Maryland or Virginia in 1669

Wildman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Wildman settled in New England in 1767
  • Richard Wildman settled in Maryland in 1775

Wildman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Wildman, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812

Wildman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ezekial Wildman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Wildman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Wildman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Wildman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Wildman (post 1700)



  • Leslie Wildman, American composer
  • Steven S. Wildman, American scholar, academician and researcher
  • Herbert "Herbie" Henry Wildman (1912-1989), American water polo player
  • Scott Wildman, American politician, California State Assemblyman
  • George Wildman (b. 1927), American cartoonist
  • Don Wildman (b. 1961), American television host
  • Ira R. Wildman, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1910
  • Frederick S. Wildman, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1854, 1856; Member of Connecticut State Senate 11th District, 1860
  • David D. Wildman, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Danbury, 1837-38
  • Alfred Wildman, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Grand Traverse County, 1916
  • ... (Another 26 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Wildman Historic Events


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Wildman Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. James Alison Wildman, British Storekeeper from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

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Motto


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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: Tentenda via est
Motto Translation: The way must be tried.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Wildman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wildman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 17 December 2015 at 16:20.

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