The earliest origins of the Wildmand surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member 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.
Early Origins of the Wildmand family
The surname Wildmand 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.
Early History of the Wildmand family
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Wildmand Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Wildmand are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Wildmand include: Wildman, Wyldman, Wileman and others.
Early Notables of the Wildmand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Wildmand family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wildmand or a variant listed above: John Wildman settled in New England
in 1767; Richard Wildman settled in Maryland in 1775.
The Wildmand 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.