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Wild Name Meaning

English: from Middle English wild ‘wild’, ‘uncontrolled’ (Old English wilde), hence a nickname for a man of violent and undisciplined character, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of overgrown uncultivated land. English: habitational name from a place named Wyld, as for example in Berkshire and Dorset, both named from Old English wil ‘trap’, ‘snare’. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): cognate of 1, from Middle High German wilde, wilt, German wild ‘wild’, also used in the sense ‘strange’, ‘foreign’, and therefore in some cases a nickname for an incomer.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Wind, Wald, Wilde, Will, Wold, Wied, Lind, Bird, Wilk, Hild

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Where is the Wild family from?

You can see how Wild families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wild family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wild families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 56 Wild families living in Massachusetts. This was about 44% of all the recorded Wild's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Wild families in 1840.
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What did your Wild ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wild. 12% of Wild men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Wild women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wild were Salesman and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 237,000 census records available for the last name Wild. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wild census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Wild. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 36,000 military records available for the last name Wild. For the veterans among your Wild ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wild lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wild life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Wild in 1940 was 59, and 77 in 2004.

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