Wilder Meaning and Origin

The name Wilder is a unisex name meaning “untamed or wild animal” and is of English origin. Wilder is also a variant of the word wild in German, Danish, and Dutch languages. Wilder was first found in the German province of Bavaria as a surname derived from a class of German names that described people by a personal characteristic or other attributes. Wilder can also be a surname, and it is particularly associated with the American author and playwright Thornton Wilder, who wrote such works as “Our Town” and “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.” In recent years, the name Wilder has become increasingly popular as a given name for boys, perhaps because of its association with the idea of adventure and the outdoors. It has also been used as a given name for girls in some cases.

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