This interesting name is of English origin and is a dialectual variant of Wild, itself a nickname surname for a high spirited boisterous person from the Olde English pre 7th Century 'wilde' or Middle English 'Wild', Wild, uncontrolled. Alternatively it is a topographical name for someone who lived on a patch of uncultivated land left in a state of nature from the Olde English word used in the sense of 'waste'. One Ann Whild the infant daughter of John and Ann was christened on 1st October 1676 at St. Andrew Holborn, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Uluricus Wilde, which was dated 1086, Domesday Book, Lancashire, during the reign of King William I, The Conqueror, 1066 - 1087. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.