Wilde is a surname. Notable people with the name include:

Language(s)Old English
Meaning"high spirited, a leader"; "a person worth of high respect, dictator"; (descriptive)
"person who has attained a higher form"; "from an area of educated beings: a classist" (residential)
Region of originEngland
Other names
Variant form(s)Whilde, Wylde, Wyldes, Weald, Weild, Weld, Welds, Wyeld, Wield
Frequency Comparisons[1]

Real people

In arts and entertainment

In film, television, and theatre

In music

  • Andrew Wilde (pianist) (born 1965), English classical pianist
  • Danny Wilde (musician) (born 1956), American musician and founding member of The Rembrandts
  • David Wilde (born 1935), British pianist and composer
  • Jinian Wilde, British singer, part of Uniting Nations and other musical projects
  • Kim Wilde (born 1960), British pop singer and pop culture figure
  • Marty Wilde (born 1939), British rock and roll singer and actor; father of Kim and Ricky Wilde
  • Ricky Wilde (born 1961), British songwriter, musician, and record producer
  • Wilbur Wilde (born 1955), Australian saxophonist

In other arts

  • Eduardo Wilde (1844–1913), Argentine politician, writer, and physician
  • Jane Francesca Agnes, Lady Wilde (1821–1896), Irish political activist, poet, and folklorist; mother of Oscar Wilde
  • John Wilde (1919–2006), American painter associated with Magic Realism
  • Liz Wilde (born 1971), American radio personality
  • Nurit Wilde (born 1971), Israeli-born photographer, socialite, and occasional actress
  • Oscar Wilde (1854–1900), Irish writer

In government, law, and politics

In sport

In science and technology

  • Henry Tingle Wilde (1872–1912), English chief officer on the RMS Titanic
  • Henry Wilde (engineer) (1833–1919), British engineer and inventor of the self-energizing dynamo
  • Krzysztof Wilde (born 1966), Polish engineer, rector of Gdańsk University of Technology
  • William Wilde (1815–1876), Irish eye and ear surgeon, writer on medicine, archaeology and folklore, father of Oscar Wilde
  • Winston Wilde, American sexologist

In other fields

See also


  1. "Wilde Surname at Forebears". Forebears. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
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