Wilding Family History

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Wilding Name Meaning

English (now chiefly Lancashire): from an unattested Old English personal name, Wilding, a derivative of Old English wilde ‘wild’, ‘savage’. It is also possible that it may be from a topographical term derived from the same vocabulary word. Compare Wild, but early forms with prepositions are not found. German: patronymic from Wilto, a short form of a Germanic personal name beginning with wild ‘wild’.

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

Similar surnames: Walding, Willing, Golding, Hilding, Billing, Welling, Pilling, Wilden

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Wilding Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Wilding name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Wilding. 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


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Wilding Family Origin

Where is the Wilding family from?

Wilding Family Occupations

What did your Wilding ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Wilding family was Potter. The most common Wilding occupation in Canada was Cater. 33% of Wilding's were Caters. Cater and Farmer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Wilding.

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  • Cater

  • Farmer

  • Potter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wilding ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wilding Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Wilding. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wilding 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Wilding. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Wilding. For the veterans among your Wilding ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Wilding Life Expectancy

What is the average Wilding lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Wilding life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 1956. The average life expectancy for Wilding in 1949 was 36, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wilding 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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