HISTORY OF THE WILDISH NAME :
This very unusual and interesting Kentish surname is of Anglo-Saxon pre 7th century origins. It is a topographical surname which originally described one who lived in an area of wooded land, but later the complete opposite! Found in the variant forms of Wildish and Wildash, and at various times recorded as Wyldysh, Wyldish and Weildish, the derivation is directly from the Olde English 'wealdisc', an adjective derivative of 'weald', itself similar to the Old High German 'wald'.
After the extensive clearances of forests in
Early examples of the surname recording include Robert
de Ladyship in the 1317 Feet of Fines roll for the
The first recorded spelling of the family name is
shown to be that of John Weldisse, which was dated 1292, of Wildage Farm,
Elham, Kent, during the reign of King Edward 1, known as 'The hammer of the
Scots', 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced
personal taxation. In
Our Wildish family including SPINDLER, MORRISON, REITMANN & WENZLICK
Small numbers by a name refer to personal number in listing eg GEORGE THOMAS 2 WILDISH - see 2
GENERATION ONE :
1. ~ ~ ~ JOHN
THOMAS WILDISH was
Children of JOHN WILDISH and EMMA SPINDLER were:
GEORGE THOMAS 2 WILDISH, born 23
WILLIAM HENRY 3 WILDISH, born 1869.
born 25 June 1870, Bromley,
LAURA LOUISE 5
WILDISH, born 1874,
John died in
Refer to the SPINDLER family for more information about Emma's family.
GENERATION TWO :
2. ~ ~ ~ GEORGE THOMAS WILDISH (JOHN) was born on 23 March 1865 in
Children of GEORGE WILDISH and JANET MORRISON were:
CATHERINE CLARA LOUISA 6 WILDISH, born 17 August 1887, Gisborne,
GEORGE WILLIAM 7 WILDISH,
born 30 August 1889, Gisborne,
RALPH JAMES 8 WILDISH, born 2 December 1890.
MINNA CARLINA 9 WILDISH, born 19 July 1892.
EDITH MYRA 10 WILDISH, born 3 January 1895.
WILLIAM MORRISON WILDISH, born 8 January 1897, Gisborne,
SYDNEY ROY ERIC WILDISH, born 21 April 1898.
NORA WILDISH, born 15 July 1899 and died 18 June 1900.
Janet died on 8 October 1923 in
Gisborne and George married (2) ETHEL AGNES GILMORE on 23 March 1925. George died
suddenly on 7 January 1959 in
Refer to the MORRISON family for more information about Janet's family.
3. ~ ~ ~ WILLIAM
HENRY WILDISH (JOHN) was born in 1869 and was the second son
of JOHN WILDISH and EMMA SPINDLER.
William married ELIZABETH JANE MADDEN in 1890.
Children of WILLIAM WILDISH and ELIZBETH MADDEN were:
ERNEST WILDISH, born 1890.
GEORGE WILDISH, born 1893.
PHILLIP THOMAS WILDISH, born 1896; died 1899 aged 2 years.
MABEL NORA WILDISH, born 1898 Gisborne,
EMILY MAY WILDISH, born December 1899 in
11 WILDISH, born December 1899 in Gisborne,
FRANK BAIN 12
born 1909 in Gisborne,
4. ~ ~ ~ ELIZA
WILDISH (JOHN) was on born 25 June 1870 in Bromley,
Refer to the MORRISON family for more information about James' family and children of Eliza and John.
5. ~ ~ ~ LAURA LOUISA
WILDISH (JOHN) was born in 1874 in
Children of LAURA WILDISH and FRANK LOWNDES were:
~ NOBLE FRANK LOWNDES,
born 1896 in Gisborne, NZ; died 1972 Jersey, Channel Islands,
~ LEONARD HILTON LOWNDES, born 1898 in Gisborne, NZ; died around 1977 in Napier, NZ. Leonard married EVA (surname unknown) and they had two children.
~ SYDNEY JAMES
LOWNDES, born around 1901 in Gisborne, NZ; died mid-1960s in
~ EDWARD JAMES NEIL
LOWNDES, born 1906 in Gisborne, NZ; died mid-1990s in
~ COLIN RAYMOND
LOWNDES, born 1909 in Gisborne, NZ; died 1990 in London,
~ ROY LUCAS LOWNDES,
born 14 September 1911 in Gisborne, NZ; died 19 August 1997 in Auckland, NZ.
Roy married BETTY MADELINE PARKIN on 26 September 1951 in London,
Frank died in
GENERATION THREE :
6. ~ ~ ~ CATHERINE
CLARA LOUISA WILDISH (JOHN > GEORGE THOMAS)
was born on 17 August 1887, Gisborne,
Children of CATHERINE WILDISH and FRANCIS SELVES were:
~ FRANCIS WALTER SELVES, born 19 October 1908; died 21 October 1963. Francis married WINIFRED EDITH COLLISON on 6 January 1943 and they had a son, ALEXANDER SELVES born in December 1944 (died 1988)
~ JANET MARY SELVES,
born 28 September 1911; died 29 June 1972 in Gisborne. Janet married ALBERT HENRY WILLIAMS on 25
March 1940. Albert was born in
~ EDITH LORRAINE
SELVES, born 3 January 1917; died 6 November 1967 in Gisborne. Edith married CHARLES LESLIE
~ IAN GEORGE EVENDEN SELVES, born 14 October 1919. Ian married MARGARET ANN ROSS in October 1946.
~ STANLEY WILLIAM
SELVES, born 27 September 1921.
~ WILLIAM EVENDEN SELVES, born 11 July 1926; died 2 August 1959. William married AUDREY HILDA MAY COOMBES on 22 December 1951.
7. ~ ~ ~ GEORGE WILLIAM WILDISH (JOHN > GEORGE THOMAS) was born on 30 August 1899 in Gisborne,
Children of GEORGE WILDISH and BERTHA REITMANN were:
AILSA ELOISE 13 WILDISH born 19 September 1912; died around 1964.
JOYCE YVONNE 14 WILDISH born 23
Bertha divorced George when the children were young.
Joyce and Ailsa were brought up by their Grandmother, Sarah Susannah (Sissie)
George married (2) MARY ELIZABETH MCKAY in 1929 in
Refer to the REITMANN family for more information about Bertha's family.
8. ~ ~ ~ RALPH JAMES WILDISH (JOHN > GEORGE THOMAS) was born on 2 December 1890 and was the second son of GEORGE WILDISH and JANET MORRISON. Ralph married (1) MYRTLE BLANCHE CHURCH in 1913.
Child of RALPH WILDISH and
ALLAN MORRISON WILDISH, died 1943 aged 29 years.
Ralph married (2) ETHEL MAY HOLLOWAY on 22 December 1926.
Child of RALPH WILDISH and ETHEL MAY HOLLOWAY was:
LORNA MAE WILDISH, who married KEVIN MICHAEL LYONS.
Ethel died on 4 April 1971 in
9.~ ~ ~ MINNA CARLINA WILDISH (JOHN > GEORGE THOMAS) was on born 19 July 1892 and was the second daughter of GEORGE WILDISH and JANET MORRISON. Minna married HAROLD WARREN BENTON on 15 October 1913. Minna died in 1945.
Children of MINNA WILDISH and HAROLD BENTON are:
~ MARJORIE CARLINA
~ NORMAN HAROLD
BENTON, born 22 November 1915.
10. ~ ~ ~ EDITH MYRA
(JOHN > GEORGE
THOMAS) was born on 3 January 1895 and was the
third daughter of GEORGE WILDISH and JANET MORRISON. Edith married ERIC CLOTWORTHY O'CARROLL
UPTON on 15 August 1916. Eric was born abt. 1890 and died 14 January 1958. Edith died on 16 May 1940 in Gisborne,
Children of EDITH WILDISH and ERIC UPTON are:
~ JOAN IRENE UPTON, who married ROBERT JOHN PEDDLE
~ ROY ERIC UPTON, who married SHIRLEY
LOUISA LOWNDES (his second cousin)
Shirley was born in 1923 in Gisborne,
~ LORNA SYBIL UPTON, who married KELVIN
~ JANET ROSA UPTON, who married THOMAS FREDERICK WHEELER
~ BRIAN O'CARROLL
~ BERYLL EDITH
~ MURRAY O'CARROLL UPTON, who married NOLA WINIFRED CHAPMAN
11.~ ~ ~ ARTHUR JAMES WILDISH
(JOHN > WILLIAM) was born in December 1899 in Gisborne,
Children of ARTHUR WILDISH and GRACE (WILDISH) are:
JOAN EMILY WILDISH
12.~ ~ ~ FRANK BAIN WILDISH
(JOHN > WILLIAM) was born 1909 in Gisborne,
Child of FRANK WILDISH and ANNABELLA POOLE is:
GENERATION FOUR :
13.~ ~ ~ AILSA ELOISE WILDISH (JOHN
> GEORGE THOMAS > GEORGE WILLIAM) was born 19 September 1912 and was the eldest
daughter of GEORGE WILDISH and BERTA REITMANN.
Ailsa married FREDERICK ERNEST WILLIAMS on 8 June 1934.
Children of AILSA WILDISH and FREDERICK WILLIAMS are:
~ KEITH ERNEST WILLIAMS, who married CLAIRE DALGETY
~ VALERIE MARCH (SALLY) WILLIAMS, born 1
March 1939. Sally married JIM CAMPBELL.
Sally died in December 1998 and was buried at
~ DENNIS FREDERICK WILLIAMS, who married MYRTLE MATTHEWS.
~ KERRY LEONARD WILLIAMS, born 16 April 1946. He married LINDA JOY HYDE. Kerry died on 6 March 1987.
14. ~ ~ ~ JOYCE YVONNE WILDISH (JOHN > GEORGE THOMAS >
GEORGE WILLIAM) was born on 23 November 1914 in
Refer to the page for Gregory Joseph WENZLICK for more information about Gregory's family.
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