Wild Family History

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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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Wild Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wild name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wild. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Wild Family Origin

Where is the Wild family from?

Wild Family Occupations

What did your Wild ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Wild occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Wild's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Wild family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wild.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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Wild Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Wild Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wild ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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