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Baby name Wilder


Wilder is quickly becoming one of the most popular options for boys. It is important to note that in rare cases, girls may use this option. What only became a top 1,000 option in 2015 is already a top 500 name.

Meaning of the Name Wilder

Wilder originated from the surname, Wilder. The surname itself came from Wild, which is a word-associated name. Wild was a nickname in Old England for undisciplined men. When spelled Wyld, it was a location-based surname for individuals from the region with the same name.

Wilder means “wild animal” because of the original nickname, Wild. Wild means “uncontrolled,” so it would make sense that the nickname would mean “wild animal.”

Baby name Wilder

Nicknames for Wilder

Wilder is trendy and modern. It has a youthful and outdoorsy feel to it and can be paired with a fun and adventurous nickname. Below, we've compiled a list of possible nicknames to help get you inspired to nickname the Wilder in your life:

  • Wild
  • Wilde
  • Wil
  • Willie
  • Willi
  • Willy
  • Wilber 
  • While

Wilder Name Details

Style: Modern

Gender: Neutral

Pronunciation: WHILE-der

Syllables: Two

Alternative Spelling for Wilder

Wilder Name Popularity

Wilder became a top 1,000 name option for boys in 2015 at rank 964. It quickly ascended, ranking at 725 by 2016. As of 2019, Wilder is a top 500 name. Most recently, in 2020, it ranked as number 431 for boys.

Great Middle Names for Wilder and Their Meanings

  • Lynn (lake)
  • Sienna (reddish-brown)
  • Brynn (hill, mound)
  • Sloane (warrior, man of arms)
  • Finn (white, fair-haired)
  • Dane (God will judge)
  • Kade (stout, sturdy)
  • Reese (ardent, fiery)

Famous People Named Wilder

  • Wilder Hurley (daughter of Michael Hurley)
  • Wilder Penfield (neurosurgeon)
  • Wilder Hudson (son of Oliver Hudson)
  • Wilder Helberg (son of Simon Helberg)
  • Wilder Faison (daughter of Donald Faison)
  • Wilder Lloyd (character from “The Accidental Husband”)
  • Wilder (character from “Transformers: Super God Masterforce”)
  • Wilder (character from “Dungeons and Dragons” game)
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