Explore the Family Name Wildman

The meaning of Wildman

1. English: nickname from Middle English wild(e) ‘wild, unrestrained, recalcitrant; wanton, perverse’ + man, mon ‘man’. 2. Americanized form of German Wildmann: from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal name Wilto + Middle High German man ‘man’. 3. Altered form of Dutch Wildeman.

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How common is the last name Wildman in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the surname Wildman has experienced a slight dip in popularity from 2000 to 2010. The rank of the surname dropped from 6828 in 2000 to 7151 in 2010, marking a 4.73% decrease. However, the count or number of people with the surname rose by 3.04%, from 4540 to 4678. The proportion per 100k also saw a slight decline of 5.36%, from 1.68 to 1.59.

Proportion per 100k1.681.59-5.36%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Wildman

The Decennial U.S. Census also provides insights into the ethnic identity associated with the surname Wildman. In 2010, the majority of individuals with this surname identified as White, though the percentage decreased from 93.70% in 2000 to 91.28% in 2010. During this same period, the percentages of those identifying as Hispanic and Black saw significant increases of 82.76% and 32.03% respectively. A small increase was observed in those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander (from 0.46% to 0.47%) and as having two or more ethnicities (from 0.79% to 1.15%). Meanwhile, there was a notable 22.64% decrease in those who identified as American Indian and Alaskan Native.

Two or More Races0.79%1.15%45.57%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.46%0.47%2.17%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.53%0.41%-22.64%

Wildman ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Wildman is British & Irish, which comprises 49.2% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (27.4%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (5.1%). Additional ancestries include Scandinavian, Italian, Eastern European, Spanish & Portuguese, and Nigerian.

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British & Irish49.2%
French & German27.4%
Ashkenazi Jewish5.1%

Possible origins of the surname Wildman

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Wildman have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
West Midlands, United Kingdom86.80%
Merseyside, United Kingdom86.80%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom86.80%
Greater London, United Kingdom86.80%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom86.80%

What Wildman haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Wildman is R-CTS8277, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS8277 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include R-P311 and R-CTS241, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Ridgway, Steed, Teller, Bradbury, Ridgeway, Scales, Weston, Thorp, Strain, Parker.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Wildman surname are: H1, H, J1c. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

wildmanPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Wildman have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Wildman" Surname 45.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Wildman" Surname 25.0%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Wildman" Surname 10.9%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Wildman" Surname 16.4%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Wildman?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Wildman are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%