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:

English: wild animal

Origin 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.

Symbolism of the name Wilder:

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

Style of the name Wilder:

Modern for first name use

Gender of the name Wilder:

Wilder is a unisex name, though rarely used for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Wilder:

WHILE-der or WILL-der

Number of syllables in the name Wilder:


Emotion evoked from the name Wilder:

Wilder is trendy and modern. It has a youthful and outdoorsy feel to it.

Alternative spellings for the name Wilder:

Nicknames for the name Wilder:

  • Wild
  • Wilde
  • Wil
  • Willie
  • Willi
  • Willy

Popularity of the name Wilder:

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.

Related names for the name Wilder:

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 with the name 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)

Wilders in popular culture:

  • Wilder Lloyd (character from “The Accidental Husband”)
  • Wilder (character from “Transformers: Super God Masterforce”)
  • Wilder (character from “Dungeons and Dragons” game)