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Wilde Name Meaning

Irish English and German: variant of Wild . This is the usual form of the surname in Ireland. Dutch: variant of De Wilde .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Wild, Wilden, Milde, Wilder, Wilke, Linde, Wilt, Wilds, Hilde, Wald

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Where is the Wilde family from?

You can see how Wilde families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wilde family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wilde families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Wilde families living in New York. This was about 45% of all the recorded Wilde's in USA. New York had the highest population of Wilde families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wilde surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wilde ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wilde. 15% of Wilde men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Wilde women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wilde were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 126,000 census records available for the last name Wilde. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilde 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 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilde. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Wilde. For the veterans among your Wilde ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wilde lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Wilde life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Wilde in 1945 was 39, and 80 in 2004.

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