Wilds History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Wilds has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was 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 Wilds family
The surname Wilds 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 Wilds family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wilds research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1590, 1669, 1610, 1665, 1609, 1647, 1648, 1660, 1611, 1679, 1611, 1659, 1609, 1679, 1683, 1725 and 1682 are included under the topic Early Wilds History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wilds Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wilds were recorded, including Wild, Wilde, Wildee, Wylde and others.
Early Notables of the Wilds family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Wilde or Wylde (1590-1669), Chief Baron of the exchequer, son and heir of George Wylde of Kempsey, Worcestershire, Serjeant-at-Law. 
George Wild or Wilde (1610-1665), Bishop of Derry, born 9 Jan. 1609, the son of Henry Wild, a citizen of London. "When the civil war broke out he became preacher to the king at Oxford, and the degree of D.C.L. was conferred on him on 23 Nov. 1647. He was turned out of his fellowship by the parliamentary visitors in 1648, and was sequestered from his living at Biddenden, but continued to officiate...
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In the United States, the name Wilds is the 8,978th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the Wilds family to Ireland
Some of the Wilds family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Wilds migration to the United States +
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Wilds arrived in North America very early:
Wilds Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Storey Wilds, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 
- Richard Wilds, aged 29, who arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1849 
- J. J. Wilds, aged 43, who arrived in America from Australia, in 1892
- Miss J. Wilds, aged 28, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1892
- Miss L. Wilds, aged 24, who arrived in America from London, England, in 1892
Wilds Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Thomas Wilds, aged 66, who arrived in America from Newton Heath, England, in 1908
- Matilda Wilds, aged 59, who arrived in America from Newton Heath, England, in 1908
- Frederick W. Wilds, aged 25, who arrived in America from Newton Heath, England, in 1908
- Fred Wilds, aged 23, who arrived in America from Marnhull, England, in 1912
- Harry Wilds, aged 21, who arrived in America from Marnhull, England, in 1912
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Wilds migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Wilds Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Wilds, (b. 1826), aged 32, British mariner travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 
- Miss Esther Wilds, (b. 1832), aged 26, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 29th March 1859 
Contemporary Notables of the name Wilds (post 1700) +
- Tristan Paul Mack Wilds (b. 1989), American actor and recording artist
- William Wilds, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Smyrna, Delaware, 1849-52, 1853 
- Thomas Wilds, American politician, Postmaster at Dover, Delaware, 1792 
- Marie Wilds, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1937 
- Howard P. Wilds, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 21st District, 1895 
- Harvey B. M. Wilds, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 1935 
- Amon Henry Wilds (1784-1857), English architect
- Amon Wilds (1762-1833), English architect and builder, father of and partner of his son, Amon Henry Wilds
- Alexander Wilds Chambliss (1864-1947), American politician, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee (1919-1923), Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court
- Alexander Wilds Chambliss (1864-1947), American politician, Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, 1919-23; Chief Justice of Tennessee State Supreme Court 
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The Wilds 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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