The surname of WILDING was derived from the Old English WILDE - dweller by the uncultivated land. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land. It was also a nickname for one who was wild, violent, untamed. Early records of the name mention Uluricus Wilde was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. William Wildynge of the County of Huntingdonshire was recorded in 1273. Johannes Wylde of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. John Wray and Rachell Wylde were married at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in 1660. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. The name has various spellings which include Wild, Whilder, Wildman and Wild. Of this family name was Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) who was descended from Ralph Wilde, a builder from Walsingham near Durham, who had moved to Ireland in the 17th century. For the majority of the English speaking peoples, the main sources of names have been the traditions of the various Germanic tribes of Northern Europe, and the names introduced by the Church, perhaps Hebrew names of the Old Testament, or Greek and Roman names of the New Testament and saints. Many names were brought over to England by the invading Anglo-Saxons, a mixed collection of people from various Germanic tribes, speaking various dialects which were called Old English. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts, which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat Armour. The oak tree is the emblem of virtue and strength.
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