Origin of the Name Wilds
The origin of the name Wilds
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Wilde include Wild, Wilds, Wyld, Wylde and Wildblood. This is a nickname, 'the wild', given to a person of a wild, violent or untamed nature. This name is usually of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are an Emma la Wilde of Oxfordshire and a Walter le Wilde of Suffolk who were both recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland this name is usually of immigrant origin with the famous family of Oscar Wilde first settling in County Mayo in the early eighteenth century. The variant 'de Wylde' is occasionally found in mediaeval times.
The Wilds coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Wilds descendants.