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What does Wilder mean?

Wilder Pronunciation of Wilder [wilder] as a boys' name is of German origin, and the meaning of Wilder is "hunter". Occupational name for someone who traps or kills wild animals. Playwrights Thornton Wilder, Oscar Wilde.

Associated with: hunter, occupational.


Wilder has 2 variants: Wild and Wilde.

Creative forms:
(male) Welder, Wiler, ..

(female) Wiltar, Wilver, ..

Middle name pairings:
Wilder Nathen (W.N.), ..

How popular is Wilder?

Wilder is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1067 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Wilder was first listed in 2012 and reached its top rank of #964 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wilder name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Wilder outside U.S.

Similar Names

Wilder is pronounced similarly to Elder, Eldor and Walder. Other suggested similar names are Ailmer (see Aylmer), Balder, Calder, Fielder, Filmer, Gilmer, Hiller, Kidder, Linder, Miller, Ridder, Rider, Silver, Tilden, Walden, Waldorf, Waldorp, Walker, Waller, Walter, Walther, Welden, Wilber, Wilbert, Wilbur, Wilek, Wiley, Wilkes, Willem, Willerd, Willes, Willet, Willey, Willmer, Wilmar, Wilmer, Winter, Wister, Wyler and Wylmer. These names tend to be more commonly used than Wilder.

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