Last name origins & meanings:
- 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.
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