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Wilder Origin and Meaning

The name Wilder is a boy's name of English origin.

New to the US Top 1000 in 2015, Wilder is on many parents' possibility lists, one of the new generation of bad boy names growing in popularity. Wilder got a big boost in interest through Goldie Hawn's grandson, born in 2007, via son Oliver.

Wilder is more familiar as a surname, borne by such notables as authors Laura Ingalls and Thornton, composer Alec, director Billy, and actor Gene. Douglas Wilder was the first African American to be elected Governor of Virginia.

Wilder was one of the 10 fastest-rising boys' names of 2016 and is on its way to becoming one of the hottest baby names starting with W.

# 373 in the US

Wilder Rank in US Top 1000

# 153 on Nameberry

Wilder Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Wilder Popularity

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Famous People Named Wilder

  • Wilder Graves PenfieldCanadian neurosurgeon
  • Wilder Mountain Honey Hurleydaughter of singer,songwriter Michael Hurley
  • Wilder Brooks Hudson (b. 2007)son of actor Oliver Hudson; grandson of actress Goldie Hawn
  • Wilder Davidson (b. 2011)son of actors Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson; twin of sister Clio
  • Wilder Towne Helberg (b. 2014)son of actor Simon Helberg
  • Wilder Frances Faison (b. 2015)daughter of Donald Faison & CaCee Cobb
  • Wilder Grace Leonard (b.2016)daughter of Alison Pill and Joshua Leonard
  • Almanzo Wilder (18571949), husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder and father of Rose Wilder Lane

Wilder in Pop Culture

  • Wilder Lloydcharacter in 2008 movie "The Accidental Husband"
  • Wildercharacter in anime series "Transformers: Super,God Masterforce"
  • "Van Wilder" film and its main character
  • Jack Wilderillusionist from the movie 'Now You See Me'
  • Zelos Wildera redheaded ladies' man in video game Tales of Symphonia
  • WilderA psionic character class in Dungeons and Dragons

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