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Wilder

Last Name
31k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Wilder

User Submitted Origins

German
65%
English
25%
Hebrew
5%
Native American
5%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Florida, U.S. says the name Wilder means "Hunter" and is of German origin.
  2. A submission from Washington, U.S. says the name Wilder means "Wanderer" and is of Hebrew origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Wil"der
To bewilder; to perplex.

Etymology: Akin to E. wild, Dan. forvilde to bewilder, Icel. villr bewildered, villa to bewilder; cf. AS. wildor a wild animal. See Wild (a.), and cf. Wilderness

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States filmmaker (born in Austria) whose dark humor infused many of the films he made (1906-2002)
  2. United States writer and dramatist (1897-1975)
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.
  2. A ghost town in California.
  3. A city in Idaho.
  4. A city in Kentucky.
  5. A city and village in Minnesota.
  6. A census-designated place and village in Vermont.

Notable Persons Named Wilder

Notable Persons Named Wilder

Wilder Penfield

Wilder Penfield was a scientist in the field of neurosurgery. Wilder was given the name Wilder Graves Penfield on January 26th, 1891 in Spokane, Washington, United States. He left this life on April 5th, 1976.

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Wilder Guisao

Wilder Guisao is a soccer player for the São Paulo FC, Deportivo Toluca F.C., Bogotá F.C., and Atlético Nacional. Wilder was born on July 30th, 1991 in Apartadó, Colombia.

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Wilder Hobson

Wilder Hobson was a writer and magazine editor. Wilder was born Wilder Hobson on February 18th, 1906 in New York City. He breathed his last breath on May 1st, 1964.

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Wilder Cartagena

Wilder Cartagena is a soccer player for the Club Deportivo Universidad de San Martín de Porres, Alianza Lima, and Vitória F.C. Wilder was born on September 23rd, 1994 in Peru.

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Wilder Weir

Wilder was born on September 23rd, 1983.

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Wilder DuPuy Baker

His military service ended in 1952. Wilder was born on July 22nd, 1890 in Topeka, Kansas. He breathed his last breath on November 10th, 1975.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilder

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wilder

Gene Wilder

Gene Wilder is an actor, director, writer, and author. He was most active from 1961 to present. Gene was given the name Jerome Silberman on June 11th, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.

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Deontay Wilder

Deontay was born on October 22nd, 1985 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder was a diaries, essays, and family saga writer. Her career lasted from 1911 to 1957. Laura was given the name Laura Elizabeth Ingalls on February 7th, 1867 in Pepin County, Wisconsin, U.S. She left this life on February 10th, 1957.

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Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder was a film director, screenwriter, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1929 to 1995. Billy was given the name Samuel Wilder on June 22nd, 1906. He died on March 27th, 2002.

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Alan Wilder

Alan Wilder is an electronica, new wave music, synthpop, alternative rock, electronic rock, alternative dance, trip hop, downtempo, intelligent dance music, electronic music, and avant-garde music musician. He plays Synthesizer, sampler, keyboards, piano, drums, percussion, flute, oboe, bass guitar, guitar, vocals, Sampler (musical instrument), E-mu Emulator, E-mu Emax, Minimoog, Yamaha DX7, and ARP 2600. He has had major accomplishments since 1975. Alan was given the name Alan Charles Wilder on June 1st, 1959. Alan is also known as Slick, The Boss, El Papi, and Daddy.

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Dash Wilder

Dash was born on May 17th, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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  • Almanzo Wilder
  • Douglas Wilder
    Governor of Virginia
  • Christopher Wilder
  • Chris Wilder
    Soccer Player
  • Ace Wilder
    Singing
  • John Thomas Wilder
    Military Person
  • William Henry Wilder
    Congressman
  • Marshall P. Wilder
    Humorist
  • Joe Wilder
    Musician
  • Samuel Gardner Wilder
    Minister of Interior
  • Marshall Pickney Wilder
    Member of the

Common last names for Wilder

  • Smith

Common first names for Wilder

  • James
  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Helen
  • Henry
  • David
  • Richard
  • Ruth
  • Frank
  • Willie
  • Margaret
  • Harold
  • Elizabeth
  • J

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wilder U.S.
  White 68.05% 64.26%
  African American 26.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wilder

People with the last name Wilder are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wilder

  • How Popular is the name Wilder? Wilder is the 4,765th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wilder was the 1,131st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wilder have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,644 babies born with the first name Wilder in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wilder to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wilder? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Wilder first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wilder is Sunday, March 2nd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Wilder born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wilder was in 2019 with a total of 590 babies.
  • Random Wilder Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wilder is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Mississippi have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Wilder: The name spelled backwards is Redliw. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wridel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wilder? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 31,018 people with the last name Wilder.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wilder? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Wilder as their last name.
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